Post commissions birthday brooch for the Queen

The Queen at Royal Ascot

The Queen: brooch features a horse and rider with the royal colours

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 By Nick Pulford 4:08PM 13 JUN 2016 

The Racing Post has commissioned a diamond-mounted racehorse brooch as a gift for the Queen as her 90th birthday celebrations continue this week at Royal Ascot.

The one-of-a-kind brooch is an 18ct white gold and diamond-mounted galloping racehorse, ridden by an 18ct yellow gold 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 King Edward VII).

Bruce Millington, editor of 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.”

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