Camilla Parker Bowles news: Royal wears diamond brooch with link to Queen Mother
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles are visiting Greece to celebrate the nation’s bicentenary. As they stepped out in Athens, Camilla wore a rare piece of jewellery once belonging to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Camilla and Prince Charles attended a ceremony celebrating the opening of The National Gallery in Athens.
They visit the country as Greece celebrates 200 years since the 1821 revolution and war of independence.
At the event, the Prince and Duchess observed safety rules as they wore face coverings while inside.
As the royals arrived, Camilla was spotted wearing a cream cape jacket which was buttoned up at the top.
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She removed the coat when inside to reveal a classic navy skirt suit.
This featured a long navy skirt which a matching blazer worn over a cream skirt.
Camilla completed the look with a pair of closed toe navy pumps and black leather gloves.
The 73-year-old dressed up the ensemble by wearing a subtle brooch pinned to the left side of her blazer.
The art-deco jewel has been worn by the royal before, as recently as last year.
Camilla has sported it on key occasions including the Royal Family church service in 2017.
It is made from a rock crystal and has a diamond in the middle of the rectangular design.
On first glance, the brooch appears to be fairly minimal but it has a subtle hidden design which adds more detail.
On the back of the crystal is etched scroll work which gives more detail to the neutral brooch.
Some have claimed the priceless jewel is a creation of Cartier due to the style of when it was created in the 1920s or 1930s.
Camilla does not regularly wear brooches, often reserving them for special occasions.
The piece she chose to wear today has a special significance within the Royal Family.
This is because the diamond brooch was once owned by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Following the trend of the time, the Queen Mother wore the piece pinned to the outer rim of her hat during one outing in the 1920s.
It is likely it became part of Queen Elizabeth II’s collection following her mothers death in 2002.
The Queen is likely to have gifted the jewel to Camilla, or has leant it to her to wear on various occasions.
By choosing to wear the brooch, Camilla could be showing her respect for the Queen Mother, as the anniversary of her death falls next week on March 30.