The Queen at Royal Ascot: As the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations continue, the Racing Post has commissioned a beautiful, diamond mounted racehorse brooch to present to her at Royal Ascot this week.
The one-of-a-kind brooch is an 18ct white gold and fully diamond mounted galloping racehorse, ridden by an 18ct yellow gold vitreous enamelled jockey in Her Majesty’s racing colours.
Hand-made by prestigious Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturers Alabaster & Wilson Ltd, the 19th century inspired design is taken from a 1975 portrait of Fred Archer, jockey to Prince Edward of Wales (later His Majesty King Edward VII), by fine vitreous enamel specialist Keith Seldon.
The 39mm brooch contains 35 brilliant cut diamonds, 0.52 carat in weight, all in fine VS1 clarity. It is also the only brooch in the jeweller’s 129-year history to use red gold in the reins and bridle.
The Queen is noted for being a devoted and passionate supporter of the racing industry and always attends all five days of Royal Ascot.
Bruce Millington, editor at the Racing Post, said: “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.”
Stephen Alabaster, managing director at Alabaster & Wilson Ltd, said: “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.”
The Racing Post has marked other historic events during Her Majesty’s reign. In 2012, a Diamond Jubilee special edition of the newspaper was hand-delivered to Buckingham Palace.
Later that year, ahead of wonder horse Frankel’s last ever race at Ascot, Racing Post collaborated with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) to exchange the soldiers’ and officers’ uniforms with Frankel’s owner Prince Khalid Abdullah’s famous green, pink and white silks as they paraded in Hyde Park.
Images courtesy of the Racing Post.