Camilla honors Queen Elizabeth II with a brooch at the funeral

Camilla honors Queen Elizabeth II with a brooch at the funeral

Camilla honors Queen Elizabeth II with a brooch at the funeral

Queen consort Camilla paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at her funeral on Monday, as she attended the service at Westminster Abbey with a striking ball attached to her black coat dress.

Instead of wearing the traditional pearls like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, the royal chose to wear Queen Victoria’s Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch, a heart-shaped piece with the number 60 – the number of years in a Diamond Jubilee reign – in glittering Cyrillic numerals.

Also set with a trio of cabochon sapphires, the striking brooch was given to Queen Victoria by her grandchildren.

It is possible Camilla may have chosen it to emphasize the fact that Queen Elizabeth II, with her historic 70-year reign, sat on the throne even longer than Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years.

The Queen Consort also nodded to her late mother-in-law with her bag selection, featuring a clutch from Launer, Queen Elizabeth’s longtime favorite brand. Her Majesty was rarely spotted without a Launer bag, and even issued a royal warrant for the brand in 1968.

It is the latest in a string of meaningful brooch choices for Camilla, who wore a diamond-studded knot brooch believed to symbolize unity and love when she arrived at Buckingham Palace on September 9 following the Queen’s death.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing a crown
Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 aged 96, loved a bit of bling.
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And at prayer services held in Scotland and Wales in the days following, she was seen wearing a diamond thistle pin given to her by the Queen and a replica of Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards leer brooch.

Camilla may have saved her most unique brooch for Queen Elizabeth’s casket procession and service at Westminster Hall on September 14 – a sparkly style in the shape of a stick insect.

Camilla wearing a diamond thistle necklace
To a prayer service in Scotland on September 12, Camilla wore a diamond thistle brooch given to her by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
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Although the Queen Consort hasn’t dipped into the Queen’s jewelery box as much as other members of the royal family have this month, she now has first hand insight into the late monarch’s collection of gems – likely to have been bequeathed to her husband, King Charles III, as Lauren Kiehna of The Court Jeweler told Page Six Style.

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