The Rhodesian Flame Lily Brooch of Queen Elizabeth II..
The Queen's Rhodesian Flame Lily Diamond Brooch was a birthday gift, in 1947. The Queen celebrated her 21st birthday on a tour of southern Africa and was presented with this diamond and platinum brooch in the form of a flame lily Gloriosa Superba from the Children of Southern Rhodesia.
Each child donated a ticket or three old pence to fund the gift.........17ooo European and 25ooo native children of Southern Rhodesia to order the brooch made up of 283 diamonds. The value was Pd 600.... the brooch was made by A & Sidersky & Son Johannesburg.
The Queen wore this special brooch when she came back as Queen to England. The Queen often wears brooches that represent the emblems of Commonwealth countries while visiting or meeting their representatives. These include: the Flame-Lily Brooch, the emblem of Zimbabwe, which was pinned to The Queen's mourning clothes when she returned to Britain from Kenya after the death of her father in 1952.
Sources: Sydney Morning Herald; Royal Collection;