Queen Camilla attended Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, wearing a sparkling racing-themed brooch with a mystery provenance.
The Queen Consort arrived at Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday to attend the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. She was accompanied by Ian Renton, Regional Director of Cheltenham & the South West.
Camilla chose a camel-colored ensemble for the event, wearing a coat, boots, and a fur-trimmed hat in the shade.
She accessorized with her favorite diamond and pearl drop earrings, plus a racing-themed brooch.
The brooch features a pavé-set diamond horse, ridden by a jockey wearing the late Queen Elizabeth II’s silks.
I’ve seen it widely reported that the brooch is the same one given to Queen Elizabeth II by the Racing Post as a 90th birthday present in June 2016. But although the two brooches share major similarities—the general subject, the use of materials, even the color of the jockey’s silks—they don’t appear to be the same brooch.
Here’s a closer look at the brooch worn by Queen Camilla on Wednesday. You’ll note that the horse is depicted in a different part of its stride, and the jockey is positioned differently as well. They’re definitely similar brooches, but they’re not the same, and I’m curious about the provenance of Camilla’s jewel.