Queen Camilla sports mystery brooch in Bordeaux

The Queen’s mystery jewels: Camilla wears diamond-encrusted brooch as she lands in Bordeaux – after debuting the accessory last Christmas

  • The Queen, 76, sported the accessory on top of a blue coat dress
  • READ MORE: A fashion power duo! Brigitte Macron helps Queen Camilla adjust her cape ahead of State Banquet at the Palace of Versailles – as the pair dazzle in navy gowns by French designers

The Queen sported a mysterious diamond-encrusted brooch on her lapel today as she touched down in Bordeaux with King Charles.

Camilla, 76, donned a light blue coat dress and matching earrings as she descended the steps of the aircraft behind her husband on the final day of their state visit to France.

She accessorised the coat dress with the eye-catching dazzler, which she first sported on Christmas Day in 2022 – her first Sandringham appearance since becoming Queen.

At the time, Camilla used the accessory to embellish her navy blue Anna Valentine coat, which she paired with a Philip Treacy hat.

The origins of the stunning accessory are unknown, although royal fans have previously suggested its Art Deco-style could be traced back to the 1920s.

Queen Camilla sported a mystery brooch as she stepped off the plane upon arrival in Bordeaux this afternoon

The rectangular piece is separated into four triangle-shaped quadrants, with a square gem in the middle.

As she attended Royal Ascot earlier this year, the Queen donned the brooch for a second time to embellish her mint green coat dress – and some may have considered it a lucky charm as, that day, her horse Desert Hero came first in the King George V Stakes.

At the time, Ascot tweeted that the brooch had previously belonged to Queen Camilla’s late mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal fan blogs have suggested the brooch could have originally been a wedding gift from Queen Mary to her daughter-in-law Princess Marina of Greece, the Duchess of Kent, in 1934.

It is believed that Princess Marina sold the brooch back to the Royal Family following the death of the Duke of Kent when she needed money.

Although it isn’t confirmed, the brooch looks very similar to the one Princess Mary gifted to Princess Marina – but without its original bow detailing across the top.

The King and Queen’s arrival in Bordeaux this afternoon marks the end of their first state visit to France after a friendly display with President Macron, 45, and First Lady Brigitte, 76, in Paris over the last two days.

During a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles on Wednesday, Camilla paid charming homage to the country hosting her state visit, opting for not an English designer but French fashion house Dior to create her caped banquet gown.

Brigitte, 70, in turn opted for Louis Vuitton to produce her elegant floor-length frock with sheer sleeves and gem-encrusted cuffs and collar as she and President Emmanuel Macron.

The Art Deco-style brooch is thought to have been owned by Queen Elizabeth before Camilla

The Queen first debuted the brooch on Christmas Day 2022 during her first Sandringham appearance since becoming Queen

The elegant ladies were a power duo on the red carpet as they joined Mr Macron and King Charles on the red carpet for the state banquet.

In a sweet moment, the French first lady was pictured adjusting Queen Camilla’s bold navy cape on the way into the Palace.

As the state-like foursome were joined by a cohort of exclusive guests at the banquet, including Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, they dined on lobster, crab and 30-month aged comté cheese.

As she arrived in France earlier on the day, Queen Camilla did pay tribute to British designers, opting for a gorgeous pink coat dress by Fiona Clare, while Brigitte was chic as always in a Louis Vuitton navy suit with cute detailing in anchor buttons.

But at the Palace of Versailles, the pair coordinated, although their dresses were different enough not to amount to a full twinning effect. 

Much like Brigitte’s sheer sleeve on her long Louis Vuitton dress with bejewelled collar, Camilla’s cape allowed a flattering flash of flesh without revealing too much. And the cape’s trailing tails provided the drama befitting a new monarch. 

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