Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s ‘delightful’ £16,000 brooch has rich history

Camilla outlines her hopes for new project The Reading Room

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 73, joined the Royal Family more than 15 years ago after marrying Prince Charles. She has access to some of the most stunning pieces of jewellery including a vast brooch collection. 

Although her entry into the Royal Family wasn’t the easiest, the Duchess has become an increasingly popular royal in recent years.

As well as assisting Prince Charles in his duties, she is also patron and a member of numerous charities and organisations. 

For today’s video on the royal’s social media page, viewers joined Camilla sat in her chair where she spoke about the hopes of her new project.

She has already attracted more than 84,000 people to her page, where four recommended books will be unveiled each season, with the first four out on Friday.

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Sharing her hopes for The Reading Room, Camilla said: “I think I’d like it to be something that everyone could delve into, and find something that suited them, and enjoy it.

“I think it’s for peoples’ enjoyment and I think they get more enjoyment if they can see little snippets of authors, and why they wrote the book.

“I just think it’s because I love reading myself, I think a lot of other people also get a huge amount of pleasure from it.”

For the occasion, the Duchess recycled a stunning brooch from her collection.

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According to one expert, it also comes with rich history.

Speaking to, Mark Warr, Director of David Christopher Jewellers, said: “This is a delightful piece of jewellery. 

“Set within a horseshoe it encompasses four sapphires, three rubies, and the word Minoru spelt out in diamonds. 

“It’s history is thought to date back to 1909; Minoru was one of King Edward VII’s most successful thoroughbred racehorses and this was likely designed to bring him luck.”

It was also thought that red and blue were Edward’s racing colours.

Many members of the Royal Family love horse riding including Camilla herself.

She learned to ride as a child and has always loved horses, just like the Queen and Princess Anne. 

The horseshoe brooch could therefore be special for Camilla who has always had an interest in horses.

The Duchess previously wore it back in 2019 when she undertook a series of engagements in London including visits to the Malmesbury Residents Association and an Age UK Lunch Club.

According to the jewellery expert it could also come with a huge price tag.

He explained: “It’s hard to evaluate such an item, without the history I would suggest £13,000 – £16,000, however with it’s back story we would expect it to sell for significantly more were it ever to reach the open market.”

For the piece to camera, the Duchess pinned the brooch onto a navy sleeveless top with a chiffon cream blouse underneath.

The blouse featured large colours with buttons down the middle. 

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