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The Queen's Australian Wattle brooch 1954

RCIN 250030

During the 1954 Commonwealth tour The Queen’s State Gift from the Government and People of Australia was this diamond brooch in the form of a spray of wattle. It was designed and made by the Budapest born jeweller Paul Schneller and commissioned by William Drummond & Co. of Melbourne. The yellow diamonds, representing the Australian wattle, are backed by blue-white diamonds in the form of mimosa leaves. The brooch also incorporates diamonds in the form of the blossom of the tea tree with, at the centre, a large white diamond. The Queen wore the brooch on several occasions throughout her Australian visit, including a visit to Flemington Races in Melbourne.