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Windsor Castle Presentation

by Peter Wells

On Monday 31st October, at Windsor Castle, the Leader of the Berkshire Freemasons Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE and a small team of senior Berkshire Freemasons, together with Philip Birkenstein, Chairman of Creations Theo Fabergé made an exceptional presentation of a Berkshire Hart Egg to the Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle Lt Gen Phil Jones CB CBE DL. to celebrate and remember the lives and devoted service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

DC .Jim Sampins, PGM Anthony Howlett-Bolton, OBE, Lt. General Philip Jones, CB, CBE, DL, Philip Birkenstein, Chairman of Creations Theo Fabergé, DPGM Peter Sands
This Fabergé egg, presented to His Majesty King Charles III

The Egg, presented for His Majesty King Charles III is an enhanced single commission, bearing no serial number but with a commemorative golden base added. Appropriate to the circumstances, this base has been engraved simply with the words ‘To Memories.’

The Creation, in Bristol blue crystal, is based on Theo Faberge’s ‘Egg of the Covenant’ and comes with an elegant textured a gold coloured double door elegant opening display case. All the specially designed decorations are Sterling Silver and hard Gold plated with 18kt Gold and set with Rubies.

This Fabergé egg in its presentation case

In support of the Berkshire 2023 Masonic Festival, run for the benefit of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Masonic Province of Berkshire commissioned the creation of the Berkshire Hart Egg from Creations Theo Fabergé. This is an extremely limited edition of only 33. Every facet of this creation is unique. It is hand crafted and assembled by English Craftsmen specifically following Theo Fabergé’s personal style.

The Egg contains a double reveal. The first amazing reveal is a work of exquisite craftsmanship, reflecting an intricate depiction of the Berkshire Hart Stag & Oak Tree located between celestial & terrestrial globes surmounted on pillars. The unusual second reveal depicts an interpretation of a symbolic rough & smooth ashlar, indented with gold and placed on a red velvet locator.

In presenting the gift, Anthony Howlett-Bolton said “We have all been saddened by the recent deaths of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our longest serving British Sovereign, and His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh. By making this special presentation to King Charles III, we wish to commemorate their example of service, selfless duty, reassurance and compassion which was and remains an inspiration to us all. We will remember them with great affection.

PGM Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE presneting the egg to the Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle Lt Gen Phil Jones CB CBE DL.
This Fabergé egg was presented to His Majesty King Charles III by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Berkshire.

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