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May 3, 2016 11:00 am  #1


QEII-13 The Queen’s New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch

This message #1 was written by Boffer pre-2013.

11. The Queen’s New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch

   In 1953, The Queen visited New Zealand as part of the first large-scale tour she undertook of the Commonwealth. It was during this visit that she was presented with this brooch “in the form of a spray of Silver Fern, an important national emblem in New Zealand”.[1]

   This brooch was presented to The Queen on behalf of the women of Auckland, at Government House on Christmas Day, 1953.[2]

   It was presented by Lady Allum, who had chaired the committee to raise the funds for the gift; Lady Allum was the wife of the then Mayor of Auckland, Sir John Allum.[3]

   Roberts describes this brooch as being “set with brilliants and baguettes as a frond of the silver tree fern (Cyathea dealbata)”.[4]

   The Queen now wears this brooch occasionally, to engagements with a link to New Zealand.[5]

1. Guitaut, The Royal Tour, p. 68
2. Roberts, The Queen Diamonds, p. 299; RA F&V/VISOV/COMM/1953-4: Official Diary, vol. 1, p. 32
3. Roberts, The Queen Diamonds, p. 299
4. Ibid., p. 299
5. Ibid. p. 298

 

October 29, 2016 11:26 pm  #2


Re: QEII-13 The Queen’s New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch

QEII-13 The Queen’s New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch
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Queen Elizabeth II - at the opening of the new New Zealand House, London 1963
See the brooch sparkle in action here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1KitA35rLE
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Queen Elizabeth II - 10 Nov 2006 - in audience with New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
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Queen Elizabeth II - 25 Nov 2008 - at the unveiling of a New Zealand tourism exhibit
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Queen Elizabeth II - the brooch shows-up on New Zealand's currency and stamps
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Queen Elizabeth II - 10 Apr 2014 - HM wore the brooch for an official portrait unveiled by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - 04 Apr 2014 - HM loaned the brooch to the Duchess of Cambridge for their 2014 New Zealand tour
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Last edited by Bryce (October 30, 2016 1:08 am)

 

October 30, 2016 4:40 am  #3


Re: QEII-13 The Queen’s New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch

11. The Queen’s New Zealand Silver-Fern Brooch

   The brooch was reported to have cost £600 sterling. [1]


1. Charles Madden, "Queen Delighted by NZ Santa Claus," The Advertiser (Adelaide) 26 Dec 1953, p 2

 

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