Queen Camilla ‘looks lovely’ in blue and unique £72,000 brooch for ballet event


Queen Camilla, who is the patron of Elmhurst, met students, staff and alumni at Elmhurst Ballet School, in Birmingham. She later unveiled a plaque marking the centenary with Principal Jessica Ward and took lovely photographs with some of the dancers.

Camilla has been patron of Elmhurst since 2006, one of her first patronages after her marriage to King Charles.

For today’s event, Camilla chose one of her favourite blue dresses which she combined with her go-to black knee-high boots.

For jewellery, the Queen Consort donned a pair of maxi pearl drop earrings, some of her favourite bracelets from Van Cleef & Arpels and a very unique brooch.

The “ballerina” pin, also by designer Van Cleef & Arpels, is worth £72,000 and Queen Camilla has sported the piece to attend other dancing events before.

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The Bouton d’or Ballerina Clip is made of 18k yellow gold and contains diamond, lapis lazuli and turquoise stones.

Featuring a gold ballerina wearing a blue dress, the brooch was the most appropriate jewellery choice for today’s engagement.

The designer described the jewel on the website as a “feminine” piece that plays with different colours to create the most unique brooch.

“The Bouton d’or collection is inspired by the curved lines of the paillette motif, a jewellery design created by Van Cleef & Arpels in the late 1930s.”

The Bouton d’or Ballerina brooch includes a total of 59 stones and 44 diamonds, totalling 1.11 carats.

It also features eight Lapis Lazuli stones and seven turquoise stones.

Founder Louis Arpels created the collection inspired by his visits to the Opéra Garnier to enjoy ballet performances with his nephew in the 1920s.

In the early 1940s, the jeweller created his first ballerina clips materialising his love for the dance, and it became one of his most popular creations.

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Another one, @goosegirlenfys, said: “Beautiful brooch and there couldn’t be a more perfect pairing for the engagement. And it matches her dress so nicely too.”

Royal watcher @coutureandroyals added: “Absolutely love the brooch” and @luluroura agreed saying: “Absolutely beautiful.”

Queen Camilla, who is reportedly a fan of the ballet, seemed to enjoy the special centenary performance.

The monarch also heard about recent developments in ballet teaching being conducted by the school during today’s visit.



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