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Camilla wears Queen Elizabeth’s tiara for the first time as Queen Consort

Looks good! Queen consort Camilla sparkled at of King Charles III first state banquet – attracting the late Queen Elizabeth II bejeweled Belgian Sapphire Tiara for the big event.

Camilla, 75, and Charles, 74, welcome Cyril Ramaphosathe president of South Africa, to the UK on Tuesday 22 November – the first state dinner hosted by the British royal family since then Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016.

The Queen wore a Bruce Oldfield royal blue dress to match the dazzling accessory, along with the blue sash of the Order of the Garter and the star and sash of the Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. She completed the regal look with a matching necklace and bracelet from the royal vault.

Tuesday was Camilla’s first time wearing the tiara, previously owned by Elizabeth, who famously wore it during her visit to Singapore in 1989 and when she welcomed China to the UK in 2015.

The George VI tiara was initially added to the sapphire set – which includes the necklace, bracelet, three rings and earrings – in 1963. The necklace was bought in the late 19th century for Princess Louise of Belgium, but ended up in the royal vault after she sold her jewels to pay debts, according to the Daily mail.

Princess Kate was also present with her husband, prince williamopting to wear Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara, which she paired with a gem-embellished white gown.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, both 40, welcomed Ramaphosa, 70, to London’s Corinthia Hotel earlier on Tuesday, before traveling to the Horse Guards Parade where Charles and Camilla displayed the full pageantry of the British state.

The royals then guided the South African president through London to Buckingham Palace via a royal carriage ride before hosting a private luncheon and an exhibition at the Picture Gallery of Items from the Royal Collection. Later, Ramaphosa visited Westminster Abbey to place a wreath on the grave of the unknown warrior and viewed the memorial stone to Nelson Mandela – the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

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Queen consort Camilla’s fashion-forward moment comes just days after she honored the late monarch, who passed away on Sept. 8 at age 96, while speaking to guests at a royal reception.

The former Duchess of Cornwall welcomed a group of young writers who had entered the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition to join her at Buckingham Palace.

“I cannot begin without paying tribute to my dear mother-in-law, the late Her Majesty, who is much in our thoughts today and is greatly missed by all of us.” said Camilla. “During her remarkable reign, her vision to improve the lives and prospects of all Commonwealth citizens remained close to her heart.”

Camilla continued, “Over the past few months, my husband and I have taken immense comfort from the messages of condolence we have received and continue to receive from the four corners of the world. They have reminded us that the written word has a unique ability to connect, heal, reassure and offer hope, even in the midst of grief.”

Charle’s wife praised Elizabeth’s “enduring love for the Commonwealth” and celebrated the more than 50 nations that make up “this wonderful, extraordinary, richly diverse association of independent and equal nations and friends.”

Before Elizabeth passed away on September 8 at the age of 96, she formally announced her plans for Camilla’s involvement with the monarchy as she celebrated her platinum anniversary in February. At the time, an insider exclusively revealed how Camilla’s relationship with her mother-in-law had changed since her marriage to Charles in 2005.

“Through her dedication and loyalty to The Firm, she more than proved to her that she has what it takes,” the source said. Us weekly. Camilla has definitely grown on Elizabeth II more than ever during the [coronavirus] pandemic. She has really upped her game and liked to take a hands-on approach with additional tasks.

Earlier this month, however, royal expert Chris Andersen exclusively revealed to U.S that Elizabeth’s approval of Camilla for the role of consort may have initially stemmed from a deal the king made with his mother after Prince Andrews scandal. After the late Queen allegedly used money intended for her heir to help settle the Duke of York’s lawsuit, Anderson claimed Charle realized it was the “perfect time” to support Camilla.

“And so in kind of an unspoken implied deal, this was the trade-off,” the royal author shared U.S. “And that announcement was made… it was very abrupt, you might remember, it was something [that took] surprises everyone,… she was so against Camilla becoming queen for decades and decades one day, that it, it was a complete turnaround, [and] that I think [it] shocked a lot of people.”

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