The diamond and emerald pendant was a gift to Princess Alexandra in 1863
Brooch was subsequently passed down to Princess Diana via Queen Mother
Technically the property of the Queen, it has been handed down to Camilla
The Duchess of Cornwall has worn it at least three times in recent years
The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to her royal predecessors by wearing an heirloom piece that once belonged to Queen Alexandra.
Camilla, 71, wore the antique emerald and diamond brooch, once favoured by Princess Diana, for a party to celebrate her husband’s 50th anniversary as the Prince of Wales on Tuesday.
The priceless piece, which is more than 150 years old, was the perfect accessory to match her bottle green Bruce Oldfield dress for the reception at Buckingham Palace.
It is not the first time Camilla has stepped out in the brooch; she first wore it at a London film premiere in 2006, and then again at the Cheltenham festival in 2012.
The heirloom piece comprises a cabouchon teardrop emerald pendant dangling from an oval of diamonds with the three-feathered insignia of the Prince of Wales inside.
Below the diamond-studded coronet is a banner bearing the words Ich Dien (I serve).
It was fashioned into a necklace by the late Princess of Wales, who wore it to a glittering gala evening in 1986 with a pair of matching emerald earrings.
Diana was on a state visit to Austria with Charles when she wore the dazzling jewel to the Burgtheater in Vienna.
It was first given as a wedding gift to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 by the Ladies of Bristol when she married Bertie, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra).
Following Alexandra’s death, the brooch was reportedly handed down to her daughter-in-law Queen Mary and then onto the Queen Mother, who subsequently passed it on to Diana on her marriage to Charles in 1981.
The brooch will have been handed back to the Queen following Diana’s death in 1997 and is considered property of the monarch.
Yesterday’s event, hosted by the Queen, celebrated a range of Welsh charities, organisations and businesses.
Among the guests were leading figures in Welsh and UK public life, as well as representatives from Charles’ Welsh charities and patronages.
These include The Prince’s Trust Cymru, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales.
The Archbishop of Canterbury was also in attendance to give a speech to mark the anniversary.
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