Medallion, Obv: Head of Prince of Wales flanked by date 1920, encircled by words "His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales". Rev: Prince of Wales feathers and Motto "Ich Dien" over words "Royal Visit Queensland 1920" encircled by wreath. Initials "F.R. & S" on edge of reverse. Bronze medallion with loop at top for string or pin.
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Commemorative Medallion
Flavelle, Roberts and Sankey Ltd
30 x 25 x 2 mm. (25mm dia x 2mm high, plus 5mm loop at top.)
ROYAL VISIT \ QUEENSLAND
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES \ ICH DIEN \ F.R. & S.
History and use
This badge dates from the visit of Edward, Prince of Wales, to Australia in 1920. The Prince was visiting on behalf of his father, King George V, to thank Australians for the sacrifices they had made during World War 1. In those days of intense loyalty to the British Empire, the Prince attracted large crowds wherever he went during his five-month visit, and this badge would have been available as a memento of the visit. Most of the towns and cities the Prince visited decorated their buildings and streets with arches and the very popular illuminations (lighting) of buildings. He spent most of August in Queensland, where he attended a range of events and functions, including opening the 44th Exhibition of the Queensland National Association in Brisbane, known today as the Ekka.
Prince of Wales, Edward (b.1894, d.1972)