Camilla performs engagement wearing Queen Mother’s ‘favoured’ brooch

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Queen Camilla was photographed today wearing the Queen Mother’s crystal art-deco brooch. Made from rock crystal with a diamond feature at the centre, the piece is surrounded by an oblong diamond frame.

On the reverse of the crystal, there is an etched scroll work, giving detail to what could otherwise be a plain brooch. There are also black studs, most likely made of onyx according to The Crown Chronicles, around the central diamond aspect, and curved pieces on the frame, giving the impression of clips.

It has been reported that Cartier is the creator of this brooch, known for such combinations of materials in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Queen Mother was photographed wearing this brooch on her hat in a grainy photo from 1927 in Brisbane, back when she was the Duchess of York.

Queen Camilla is not a regular brooch wearer. Royal fans only get to see accessories on her outfits like this occasionally.

Camilla paired the brooch with a black pinafore worn over a white long-sleeved blouse and puffy sleeves.

She then chose to wear some simple black tights and black block stiletto heels for the occasion.

As well as her brooch, the Queen Consort accessorised with a poppy in honour of Remembrance Day coming up next week.

Although she only took photos from the front, it was clear that Camilla was wearing her clip-on pearl earrings, the same ones which she wore on her wedding day back in 2005.

Famously, Camilla’s ears are not pierced, similarly to other royals such as Princess Beatrice.

Today was Camilla’s first audience at Buckingham Palace, with Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho.

The photograph was taken in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace, and it was to celebrate Camilla’s first audience in her new role.

Daena Borrowman, the PR, Social and Digital Marketing Manager at jewellerybox previously spoke to about Camilla’s brooches since becoming Queen.

She said: “As Camilla, the Queen Consort has been adjusting to her new role during an emotionally heavy time for the Royal Family, she has been paying fitting tributes to the Queen through jewellery steeped in history, just as the late Queen Elizabeth II had done.

“She is following in the footsteps of the late Queen, taking pointers from the iconic late monarch’s distinctive style. 

“On September 9, during her first royal walkabout in London as Queen alongside King Charles to view the floral tributes to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace, Camilla wore a diamond knot brooch.

“It was both, historic, as it was among her first pieces of jewellery as Queen, and poignant, as knots symbolise eternal love and unbreakable bonds.

“Perhaps a double tribute, for her strong regard for her late mother-in-law and her long-time devotion to her husband.”

Daena also elaborated on Camilla’s love for the Queen Mother’s jewellery, including the brooch she wore today.

She explained: “Camilla has been known to wear many of the Queen Mother’s pieces of jewellery, including her £100,000 art deco engagement ring that King Charles used to propose to her, which was originally a gift to the Queen Mother at the birth of then-Princess Elizabeth.

“Camilla also wore the Queen Mother’s Rock Crystal brooch, which she has previously worn on numerous occasions. It used to be much favoured by the late Queen Mother to wear on the brim of her hats when she was Duchess of York.”

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