The birthday presents keep rolling in for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. The Racing Post, a horseracing publication, has commissioned an ornate diamond mounted brooch that will be presented to her during Royal Ascot.
The stunningly detailed brooch features an 18ct gold vitreous enamelled jockey in Her Majesty’s racing colours riding an 18ct white gold and diamond mounted racehorse.
Jewellery manufacturers, Alabaster & Wilson Ltd, were commissioned to create the hand-made brooch that was inspired by a 1975 portrait of Fred Archer, jockey to Prince Edward of Wales ( later known as His Majesty King Edward VII).
Fine vitreous enamel specialist Keith Seldon worked on the 39mm brooch that features 35 VS1 clarity diamonds all 0.52 carats in weight. In the jeweller’s 129-year history, it is the only brooch to use red and gold in the bridle and reins.
The Queen is known as a racing aficionado and always attends all five days of Royal Ascot.
Editor of the Racing Post, Bruce Millington spoke of the unique brooch, saying:“The Queen is such a huge horseracing fan and a wonderful ambassador for the sport, which we wanted to recognise by commissioning this unique brooch as a gift.
“We have always been flattered to hear that Her Majesty enjoys reading the Racing Post and we’d like to wish her a very happy birthday from everyone here.”
Managing director at Alabaster & Wilson Ltd, Stephen Alabaster also spoke of the occasion: “Our family has been creating the finest jewellery for four generations, and there’s no higher honour than to be asked by the Racing Post to make this gift for the Queen.
“The brooch is an extremely intricate piece, right down to the jockey wearing Her Majesty’s famous racing silks. We hope she likes this unique piece of jewellery and enjoys her favourite racing week of the year at Royal Ascot.”
In 2012, for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Racing Post hand-delivered a special edition of their newspaper to Buckingham Palace.
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