Camilla, the Queen Consort, wore a significant brooch to honour the late Queen as she accompanied her husband, King Charles, to a vigil service of thanksgiving at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Being lent or given pieces of jewellery from the Queen's personal collection is common among not only her daughters and granddaughters, but also the women who marry into the family, with Diana, Kate, Meghan and Camilla all wearing pieces belonging to Her Majesty.
And it was one such piece, gifted by her mother-in-law, that Camilla chose to wear with her mourning outfit on Monday (11 September). Honouring the Queen she wore her diamond thistle brooch, Scotland's national flower; a tribute also to the country where Her Majesty is said to have felt most at home, and where she spent her final days.
While the Queen commonly wore two other thistle brooches, this brooch appears to have belonged to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was pictured wearing it in the 1940s, making it an even more poignant gift to bestow on her daughter-in-law. A young Princess Elizabeth can be seen in this photograph from the Imperial War Museum's collection, accompanying her mother to meet the Airborne Forces in 1944, while her mother wears the brooch. VIEW HERE
Camilla has worn the brooch on a number of occasions, particularly for visits to Scotland, and symbolically chose it for this historic occasion as her husband King Charles led the Royal Family in procession behind his mother’s casket as it made its way through the streets of Edinburgh.
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