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Honours regalia sculpture shines
Silversmith Graham Stewart with his work
The sculpture was unveiled by the Queen
A sculpture of Scottish regalia was unveiled by the Queen as part of the official opening of the new Scottish Parliament building.

The 50lb sterling silver creation is based on the three honours, the oldest sovereign regalia in the UK.

The crown, sword and sceptre were always present during meetings of the old Scots Parliament and have been on display in Edinburgh Castle since 1819.

Its modern tribute has been crafted by Graham Stewart from Dunblane.

The Queen unveiled the sculpture as her final duty before leaving Holyrood on Saturday.

Partly plated with 24ct gold and commissioned by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, the abstract sculpture was designed to symbolise the importance of the three honours in the history of Scotland.

"Making the sculpture has been a highly rewarding experience," said Mr Stewart, one of four Scottish silversmiths invited to submit a design last winter.

"I find it amazing that hundreds of years since they were first crafted by silver and goldsmiths in Scotland and Italy, I am now paying tribute to the honours with this new sculpture.

"They are important symbols for Scotland and have a fascinating history."

Scott Walter, master of the Scottish Assay Office, owned by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, said the 28in high and 18in wide sculpture would be placed opposite the entrance of the public lobby in the new parliament building.


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