Liliʻuokalani Regina Ornament 2017
The 2017 Iolani Palace ornament honors the 100th anniversary of the passing of Queen Liliʻuokalani and the 55th anniversary of the commissioning of the Ceremonial Royal Guard.
Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha was born on September 2, 1838. Her brother King David Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehukalani Lumialani Kalākaua, named her his heir and gave her the name Liliʻuokalani in 1877. She acended the throne after his passing in January of 1891 and reigned as queen Liliʻuokalani until she was deposed in 1893. She passed away at her home, Washington Place, on November 11, 1917.
Col. Walter Judd created the present day Royal Guard in January 1963. Members of this Ceremonial Royal Guard are members of the Hawaiian Air National Guard. They wear uniforms that were fashioned after historical descriptions and photos of the 19th century guards. All commands are given in the Hawaiian Language. The Guard, which is reviewed annualiy in Kalākaua's birthday in November, also participates in parades and ceremonies.
The Liliʻuokalani Regina ornament is designed after an artifact in the Iolani Palace collection: a uniform button dating to the reign of Queen Liliʻuokalani. The design includes the letters L R, representing Liliʻuokalani Regina, palced between a crown and an open wreath. Regina is the Latin word for Queen.
This ornament is an exclusive ʻIolani Palace ornament.
Made by David Howell & Company (New York)
Solid brass, electro-plated with gold finish