Camilla’s glittering nod to Wales: Queen Consort wears replica of diamond leek brooch worn by Her Majesty and Princess Diana as she joins Charles on his first visit as King
Queen Consort Camilla has paid tribute to the people of Wales by wearing a replica of her late mother-in-law the Queen’s leek brooch on a visit to the nation.
Camilla, 75, wore the copy of the Welsh Guards Leek Brooch on her lapel as she accompanied her husband King Charles on his first trip to Wales since he acceded the throne.
King Charles, 73, who was the longest ever serving Prince of Wales, is meeting with politicians and officials in Cardiff today as part of his journey around all UK nations as the new monarch.
Queen Consort Camilla wore a replica of the Welsh Guards Leek Brooch on a visit to Llandaff Cathedral for a service of prayer and reflection this morning
The original Welsh Guards Leek Brooch was gifted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1960 and was most recently worn by the late monarch at a scaled-back Trooping the Colour in 2020
Diana, Princess of Wales also owned a replica of the brooch which she wore on occasions involving the Welsh Guards (pictured at a parade of the First Battalion of the Welsh Guards in 1990)
The original Welsh Guards Leek Brooch which was designed for Queen Elizabeth II in 1960 using the drawings of the Welsh Guardsmen.
It was presented to the late monarch as a regimental gift, and was funded by the guardsmen themselves who each paid 12 and a half pence.
In the decades that followed the Queen made sure to wear the brooch at most events involving the Welsh Guards.
Most recently, she sported the heirloom at the New Colours to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Windsor Castle in 2015, and also at a scaled-down Trooping the Colour in 2020 in the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Princess Diana, who held the title of Princess of Wales, also wore a replica of the brooch while watching a parade of the First Battalion of Welsh Guards in London in 1990, when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth presented the regiment with New Colours.
The late monarch, pictured at Trooping the Colour in June 2020, wore the Welsh Guards Leek Brooch several times over her 70 years on the throne
Queen Consort Camilla wore the brooch today as she visited Llandaff Cathedral with her husband King Charles III on his first visit to Wales since he acceded the throne
Today marked King Charles’s first visit to Wales since he became the monarch, after previously serving as Prince of Wales for 53 years.
He and Queen Consort Camilla were welcomed with cannon fire and cheers as they arrived in the nation.
The royal couple landed in Cardiff Airport at approximately 11.15am before getting into the waiting Royal limousine to take him to Llandaff Cathedral for a service of prayer and reflection for the late Queen.
Cheers from the thronged well-wishers on his route to the cathedral turned to full-throated screams as the King’s gleaming maroon Rolls-Royce swept through the city.
On arrival at the cathedral, His Majesty was warmly greeted by Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford and faith leaders before being ushered inside.
The congregation, which included Prime Minister Liz Truss and Secretary of State for Wales Robert Buckland, sang Welsh hymns including the much-loved Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer.
The Archbishop of Wales, the Right Reverend Andrew John, paid tribute to the Queen, saying how she ‘had the ability to relate to the man or woman on the Clapham Omnibus, or here, the Merthyr Tydfil Omnibus’.
The service finished with a rendition of the national anthem, God Save The King, before Charles was escorted to sign the visitors’ book.
The Royal connection to Wales is strong, with Charles having been invested as Prince of Wales in 1969, whilst his mother the Queen will be buried with her Welsh gold wedding ring – made so she would ‘always carry a piece of Wales’ with her.