Queen Elizabeth opened the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament yesterday, Saturday 2 October, when she appeared in a distinguished emerald green look, and it was her unique brooch that made her clothes stand out for her importance to Scotland.
According to the site “hello magazineThe Queen chose a brooch Queen Mary’s Diamond Thistle Brooch ‘ for putting it on the bodice of her jacket, the same piece she has worn on many Scottish occasions..
The thistle on the brooch is a symbol of the country. The brooch is designed in the shape of a long and embellished diamond studded thistle surrounded by a pair of thistle leaves. The long stem of the thistle features a diamond geometric pattern.
The long brooch is a diamond thorn belonging to the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, and may have been a gift to Queen Mary from contractors Kelvin Hall which was officially inaugurated during a visit by King George V and Queen Mary to Glasgow on July 12, 1927, when contractors presented it with a diamond hat brooch in platinum, designed by Edward & Sons, and although not worn until 2010, it is likely that The Queen inherited it with much of the Queen Mary’s jewelry collection remaining upon her death in 1953.
During the opening of the Scottish Parliament
The diamond brooch stood out beautifully against Her Majesty’s choice of green coat, which she wore with a matching hat, black gloves and, of course, her signature handbag.
Her Majesty addressed the Chamber on the special occasion and her address included a commendation of Parliament during this “difficult time.” In addition to her official words, the Queen spoke personally of her connection to the state, saying: “I have spoken before of my deep and steadfast love for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories that Prince Philip and I have always kept it for our time here.”
“It is often said that people make a place, and there are few places where this is more true than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times.”
The Queen’s brooch
Prince William shares his grandmother’s love for Scotland and is mentioned in the letter as well.
“After my grandson’s time as High Commissioner, Prince William told me many encouraging stories he heard firsthand from people and communities across Scotland uniting to protect and care for isolated or vulnerable people,” she said.
Queen Elizabeth II, who is spending her annual holiday at her royal farm in Balmoral, Scotland, opened the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament, amid calls for a second independence referendum.