Queen Camilla Honored the Late Queen Elizabeth II With This Sentimental Accessory

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In a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Camilla chose a particularly special way to honor her memory during the first royal garden party of 2024. Amongst the festivities and celebration, it was her choice of jewelry that spoke volumes — a historic piece of royal jewelry known as the Cullinan V brooch.

The Cullinan V brooch, with its heart-shaped design and stunning craftsmanship, is not just a piece of jewelry; it’s a legacy encapsulated in gemstone. Originating from the legendary Cullinan Diamond—the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered — this brooch is part of a collection of stones that were presented to King Edward VII. The heart-shaped gem set amidst platinum and surrounded by smaller diamonds has since become a symbol of the continuity and enduring elegance of the British Royal Family.

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Over the years, the Cullinan V brooch has been worn by several royals on momentous occasions, making appearances that have both dazzled onlookers and paid homage to the family’s storied past. Queen Elizabeth II herself was often seen adorning this magnificent piece, which she inherited in 1953, showcasing it during significant events and thereby intertwining her own history with that of the brooch.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 8: Queen Camilla speaks to guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 8, 2024 in London, England.  (Photo by Jordan Pettitt - Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Camilla speaks to guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 8, 2024 in London, England.

In addition to the Cullinan V brooch, Queen Camilla has previously honored Queen Elizabeth II through thoughtful fashion choices. Notably, she wore the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara at a reception dinner in 2023, a tiara that has long been associated with the late queen. This act of wearing pieces closely identified with Queen Elizabeth serves as a respectful nod to her memory and her impact on the Royal Family and the nation at large.

Perhaps one of the most heartfelt tributes came in November 2023, when Queen Camilla played a key role in distributing the hundreds of Paddington Bears left by mourners at royal residences following Queen Elizabeth’s passing. This gesture, blending personal loss with public mourning, captured the hearts of many, illustrating the deep affection and respect Camilla holds for the late queen.

Through these acts of remembrance — be it wearing historically significant jewelry or engaging in gestures of profound sentiment — Queen Camilla continues to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy.

Before you go, click here to see our favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s fashion moments!

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