On Saturday, the British royal family will gather in London for the first Trooping the Colour celebrations of King Charles III’s reign. Ahead of those festivities, let’s look back at the jewels worn by Queen Camilla—then Duchess of Cornwall—for Trooping the Colour over the past two decades.
The newly-minted Duchess of Cornwall joined the family for Trooping the Colour, the monarch’s official birthday parade, in June 2005. The event took place just two months after Charles and Camilla’s wedding, and Camilla wore the same Robinson Valentine ensemble for Trooping that she’d worn for the couple’s wedding at the Guildhall in Windsor. She also wore some of the same jewels, including her favorite diamond floral and pearl drop earrings and her black pearl and diamond Prince of Wales Feathers Brooch.
Camilla did not appear at Trooping the Colour in June 2006, because the event was held the day after her father’s funeral. She made her return to the event the following year, in June 2007, wearing her favorite diamond and pearl drop earrings, a three-stranded pearl necklace, and the Queen Mother’s Topaz Art Deco Brooch.
Camilla also wore the triple strand of pearls for Trooping the Colour in June 2008, pairing them with the same pearl drop earrings and another brooch from the late Queen Mother’s collection. This jewel, the Lily of the Valley Brooch, was made by Fabergé and given to the Queen Mum in 1956 by Nikita Khrushchev.
Camilla wore bright blue for Trooping the Colour in June 2009. The color theme was carried through to her spotlight jewel: her Aquamarine and Pearl Choker Necklace. She reportedly inherited the necklace from her late mother, Rosalind.
Camilla selected another grand pearl choker necklace for Trooping the Colour in June 2010. This one features an astonishing diamond and pink topaz clasp. The clasp and a pair of matching earrings were sold at auction at Sotheby’s in 2000.
Camilla chose blue again for Trooping the Colour during the Diamond Jubilee year of 2012. She again accessorized with her pearl choker with the aquamarine, gold, and diamond clasp, plus pearl drop earrings.
Camilla wore pearls again for Trooping in June 2013: her favorite diamond floral and pearl drop earrings, and her four-stranded pearl choker necklace with the large, oval-shaped diamond clasp.
For Trooping the Colour in June 2014, Camilla repeated the hat and jewels that she’d worn for Trooping back in 2010. Once again, the pearl choker necklace with the pink topaz and diamond clasp was the star of the jewelry show.
In June 2015, Camilla wore green for the parade and balcony appearance. She accessorized with pearl drop earrings, a single-stranded pearl necklace, and Queen Alexandra’s Three Feathers Brooch with its emerald pendant drop. The brooch is now worn by the present Princess of Wales.
Camilla wore a trio of favorite jewelry pieces—her pearl drop earrings, her pearl choker necklace with the large diamond clasp, and her black pearl and diamond Prince of Wales Feathers Brooch—to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday at Trooping the Colour in June 2016.
Camilla wore her pearl choker necklace with the round diamond clasp, plus her diamond floral and pearl drop earrings, for Trooping the Colour in June 2018.
During the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, smaller, private versions of Trooping the Colour were held at Windsor Castle. When the big event returned in June 2022, Camilla wore her pearl necklace with the round diamond clasp and her diamond floral and pearl drop earrings, layered with a necklace featuring two pendants (a disc engraved with the initials of her grandchildren and a Kiki McDonough pendant).
Which jewels are you hoping to see Queen Camilla wear for Trooping the Colour this Saturday?