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Silversmith Miriam Hanid crafts gift for Queen

Miriam Hanid masterclass at UCA in Farnham
Image caption Miriam Hanid regularly returns to give masterclasses to students currently studying at UCA

A silversmith who qualified at a Surrey university has crafted a silver badge which will form part of a gift to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Miriam Hanid, who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham in 2007, was commissioned by the City of London Drapers' Company.

The engraving of pheasants flying over a river bed of reeds and rushes has been mounted on a horn hunting stick.

"I wanted every detail to be absolutely perfect," said Ms Hanid, from Suffolk.

Image caption Miriam Hanid's engraving decorates a hunting stick made of a ram's horn

The 26-year-old designer's great grandfather, Walid Mohamed, made a silver-mounted ostrich egg teapot and an ivory gong and striker which were presented to the Queen during her visit to Kenya in 1952.

Ms Hanid, who regularly gives masterclasses at UCA, which has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, said she hoped the Queen would use the stick on her hunting trips in Scotland.

"I didn't originally know who my commission was for, so it was a great surprise when I was told it was for the Queen," she said.

"It felt really special to be following in my great-grandfather's footsteps."

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