|The Australian Wattle Brooch|
|Wearing the brooch during the 1954 tour, at the Flemington races|
She’s worn it ever since, and not just when going about Australian business. Many of the brooches in the queen’s collection with special connections to a country or a group are brought out when the connection requires it, like we saw with the Maple Leaf Brooch. This one gets every day outings too.
Any jewel given from a country to its sovereign automatically holds a special significance. And for Her Majesty, brooch lover extraordinaire, a brooch gets an extra dose of importance. Among the Commonwealth brooches the queen has, this one made my list over all others for a few reasons: it’s enormous and loaded with diamonds, it was made specifically for her and is a special symbol of her personal relationship with Australia, and she actually seems to like it. Bonus points all around.