Queen Camilla wears £30k diamond brooch that was one of Queen Elizabeth’s favourites | Royal | News

Queen Camilla looked elegant in a white crepe silk dress by Anna Valentine as the royal couple stepped out for the first day of their royal tour in Kenya.

Known for her simple yet classic style, the Queen opted for a three-quarter sleeve knee-length dress.

The dress had stunning stitching details down the middle and an open V neck at the top.

Camilla accessorised the dress with a diamond oyster brooch that belonged to the late Queen Elizabeth. It features pave set diamonds around a single pearl.

The brooch is over 100 years old, having been made in 1919.

Discussuing the stunning piece of jewellery, Steven Stone’s Leading Diamond Expert, Maxwell Stone, said: “For her first public appearance in Kenya, Queen Camilla was wearing a striking diamond brooch that has quite the family history.

“Featuring pave set diamonds around a single pearl, the scallop shell brooch was made in 1919 – it was left to Queen Elizabeth by Courtauld-Thomsen’s sister, Winifred Hope Thomsen. Queen Elizabeth regularly wore the piece, most notably during her 100th birthday celebrations in 2000.

“When Queen Elizabeth sadly passed away in 2002, she left the brooch to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. One of the late monarch’s most valuable brooches, she wore the heirloom to the wedding of Zara and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011.

“I’d estimate the sea life inspired brooch to be worth £30,000 ($36,000).”

It’s a sweet addition by Her Majesty to wear the brooch, which has an estimated worth of £30,000, as Kenya steeped in links to the former monarch.

Queen Elizabeth was visiting a game preserve in Kenya when she learned that she had become monarch in 1952.

The King and Queen arrived in Kenya on Monday, ready to embark on a four-day state visit.

Today marks their first public appearance in the Commonwealth nation, where they received a ceremonial welcome at the official residence in Nairobi.

They were greeted by Kenya’s President William Ruto and his wife First Lady Rachel Ruto and they each held bilateral meetings following the military pomp.

Charles and Camilla were invited by the President to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its independence from Britain.

The King is having to tread a careful line as he acknowledges the “more painful” aspected of Britain’s colonial relationship with Kenya, particularly the the atrocities perpetuated during the Mau Mau rebellion.


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