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The poignant jewellery worn by the royal ladies at Trooping the Colour 2023

Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for over 260 years and it certainly ceptured the nation on Saturday.

A key event in the royal calendar, it sees over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together in London.

Renowned for their lavish collection of jewels, it was no surprise to see that the royal ladies were wearing some particularly poignant jewels to this year’s event.

Fine jewellery experts at Steven Stone have revealed everything you need to know about them…

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Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla’s outfit was inspired by the Grenadier Guards, which was was appointed as Colonel of late last year, replacing Prince Andrew.

The royal wore a bold red outfit by Fiona Claire, alongside a black headpiece by London based milliner Philip Treacy.

The Queen accessorised with the Grenadier brooch, that previously belonged to Queen Elizabeth II. Set with diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds, the bejeweled piece features the cypher of the late monarch’s father, King George VI.

Our experts estimate it to be worth £10,000.

The Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales wore a bright green ensemble to the event, in the form of a crystal-embellished emerald green dress by Andrew Gn and a matching hat by Philip Treacy, who also designed the headpiece that Queen Camilla was wearing.

Kate’s decision to wear the vibrant colour was likely a nod to her recent appointment as Colonel of the Irish Guards. The Princess paid further tribute to the role with her gold shamrock brooch, which belongs to the regiment. Reportedly made by Cartier, the brooch features a single emerald at the centre of its textured leaves.

The 18 carat gold brooch was previously worn by Princess Anne and the Queen Mother.

Though rich in sentiment, our experts estimate the brooch to be worth just £2,250.

The Princess of Wales also paid tribute to Princess Diana, with a pair of sapphire and diamond drop earrings that her late Mother-In-Law wore on multiple occasions – most notably on the cover of Vogue in 1994 and to the 1996 Met Gala.

The cluster style earrings feature two cabochon sapphire drops, surrounded by diamond halos. Until Kate publicly debuted them at last year’s parade, they’d been unseen since the sad passing of the late Princess.

Our experts estimate the earrings to carry a value of £30,000.

“The royal ladies’ jewellery boxes are packed with sentimental items and they’re renowned for paying tribute through their jewels at royal events – whether it may be to a current member of the royal family, a late royal or even to their role. At this year’s Trooping the Colour, both Queen Camilla and Kate Middleton wore particularly poignant jewels.

Queen Camilla gave a nod to her role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards – which she was appointed late last year – with the Grenadier brooch, that previously belonged to Queen Elizabeth II. Set with diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds, the bejeweled piece features the cypher of the late monarch’s father, King George VI. I’d estimate it to be worth £10k.

Kate Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana with a pair of sapphire and diamond drop earrings that her late Mother-In-Law wore on multiple occasions – most notably on the cover of Vogue in 1994 and to the 1996 Met Gala. Kate publicly debuted the cluster style earrings at last year’s parade. Featuring two cabochon sapphire drops surrounded by diamond halos, I’d estimate them to carry a value of £30k.

The Princess of Wales also gave a nod to her role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, with her gold shamrock brooch. Reportedly made by Cartier, the 18 carat gold brooch features a single emerald at the centre of its textured leaves. Previously worn by Princess Anne and the Queen Mother, the brooch is rich in sentiment, though I’d estimate it to be worth just £2,250.”

zack stone, managing director, steven stone

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