Wednesday, May 30, 2012
These are the official NZ Diamond Jubilee portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
They are shown wearing the New Zealand Honours - From Top to Bottom: The Order of New Zealand, The Queen's Service Medal, and the star of the NZ Order of Merit (with the Silver Fern broach securing her sash).
Above: The Order of New Zealand (Sovereign's Medal)
Below: The Queen's Service Medal
Below: The Star of the NZ Order of Merit
Below is the Official UK Diamond Jubilee Portrait.
In it The Queen is shown wearing her blue Order of The Garter sash, and from top to bottom the insignia of the Royal Family Order of King George VI (pale pink ribbon), and King George V (pale blue ribbon). The most recent usually goes at the top, and of course she does not wear the medals of Her own Royal Family Order, which is by tradition bestowed on female family members by the reigning monarch). It is notable that marriage into the royal family does not automatically bestow the order. Although Diana, Princess of Wales was known to have received the Order, neither Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Michael of Kent or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have been seen to hold the order. As well, biological relation to the Monarch does not automatically bestow the order either. None of the current monarch's granddaughters have been seen to hold the order either. The Queen is also wearing the Garter Star.
Above: Royal Family Order of King George V
Below: Royal Family Order of King George VI
Below: Royal Family Order of Elizabeth II
BTW, in case One forgot to send Her Majesty a telegram, One can send Her a personal congratulation here...
Posted by Lord Cowell at 7:00 AM