Queen Elizabeth’s jewellery collection is among the most impressive in the world. Whenever she makes a public appearance, the monarch usually accessorises her outfits with a brooch. The brooch she chooses has some significance or connection to the event or occasion. More recently, Camilla Parker Bowles has been seen wearing brooches, and Express.co.uk spoke to Ihuaku Nweke, creator of I.Kollection about the Duchess of Cornwall opting for brooches, unlike Kate Middleton.
Kate tends to opt for simple jewellery when she attends day-to-day public appearances.
Should the occasion arise; like a State banquet or red carpet invite, the Duchess of Cambridge chooses more glamourous pieces of jewellery.
Camilla, on the other hand, has been wearing brooches on several of her coats when out and about in public during the winter months.
Apparently, there is a reason for this.
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Ihuaku said: “The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles seems to have started the tradition of accessorising her outfits with brooches just like the Queen does perhaps as she starts adapting to her official duties and gains an understanding as to why her mother-in-law wears them.
“It is evident that the Queen’s brooches are not mere fashion accessories, but statement pieces employed to mark the significance of an occasion.
“Camilla is possibly preparing for a future role besides the future monarch her husband Prince Charles.”
She continued: “Kate Middleton does not wear brooches probably because this is more of a serious and official statement more appropriate for an older and more senior total such as Camilla Parker Bowles and of course Queen Elizabeth herself.”
While the Queen’s brooches are an elegant outfit adornment, the delicate jewels are steeped in royal history.
The Cullinan V, IV and III brooches, for example, feature diamonds from the Cullinan collection.
Queen Elizabeth inherited the famous gemstones from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953, who adapted the Delhi Durbar Tiara to make the III and IV brooches in 1912.
The set also includes the largest clear-cut diamond in the world, the Cullinan I, which is mounted in the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, while the second-largest is featured in the Imperial State crown.
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One of the Queen’s most sentimental brooches, the Six Petal Diamond Flower brooch, was reportedly given to her by the household staff for her 21st birthday.
She wore the jewel in the years prior to becoming queen, and it remains a firm favourite in her collection today.
Another impressive brooch the Queen inherited is the True Lover’s Knot from her grandmother, Queen Mary, who acquired it from Garrard in 1912.
The glistening diamond piece features scalloped edges and tassels.
And Her Majesty wore it to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding back in 2011.
Queen Elizabeth also commissioned the centenary brooch for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday in 2000.
The brooch is framed by 100 diamonds and features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose (a flower bred for the Queen’s 1953 coronation) on rock crystal.
Just months after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, Elizabeth II wore the Centenary Rose in her Christmas broadcast.