The pandemic has not stopped the Royal Family from visiting different locations across the country to pay their respects to key workers or learn more about various organisations. These engagements have given Britons the opportunity to see which public issues are important to the Royals, but they have also given fashion fans an insight into the Family’s sense of style.
The way someone dresses says a lot about the person, and the clothing or jewellery items they wear have deeper, hidden meanings.
That is why the Royal Family’s clothes are so often analysed and scrutinised – because it can reveal more to the public about a family that they do not know much about, despite regularly being in the limelight.
Camilla has been seen on various occasions over the past year visiting spots around the country on her own or with her husband, Prince Charles, to meet and speak to different people.
The Duchess of Cornwall is known for her penchant for long dresses, tartan skirts, collared coats, neutral colours, and, of course, jewellery.
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Charlotte White, Head of Design at 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online jeweller, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about the Duchess of Cornwall’s choice of jewellery.
She said: “Camilla absolutely loves jewellery.
“On formal occasions, she regularly dons opulent necklaces encrusted with gemstones.
“These larger jewels range from gifts from Prince Charles to pieces in the Royal Collection whose custodian is Her Majesty the Queen, and gifts from Saudi Arabia and Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Bahrain and the ruler of Kuwait.”
Charlotte continued: “The pandemic has heralded an emphasis on daywear and some of Camilla’s notable everyday pieces carry special significance, offering us a small glimpse into what she holds dear.”
It is clear that the Duchess is a fan of bracelets, and three significant bracelets have been seen on her wrists over the past year, which Camilla wears either on their own or paired together.
These are a personalised gold bracelet, a cotton friendship bracelet, and a gold evil eye bracelet.
The personalised gold bracelet is a chunky gold chain with a variety of coin-like charms dangling from it.
One of the charms is a gold disk engraved with the numbers 30.12.09, which is the birth date of her twin grandsons, Gus and Louis.
Camilla seems to be a fan of charm bracelets as she gifted a similar gold version to the Duchess of Cambridge as a wedding gift in 2011.
Kate’s charm bracelet is also gold and has one personalised charm hanging from the chain, engraved with the letter ‘C’ on either side of it – representing both Catherine and Camilla.
As well as her gold bracelet, Camilla has been seen wearing more “casual” bracelets over the past year.
Charlotte explained: “Casual, more relaxed styles have become commonplace for many over the last year.
“The Duchess of Cornwall has been seen wearing an understated blue friendship bracelet made of twisted fabric since late 2020—a far cry from her more traditional, regal tiaras and statement necklaces.”
Charlotte continued: “Camilla has also been seen wearing a bracelet on a delicate gold chain, adorned with a sideways cross and evil eye: a millennia-old symbol designed to ward off unwelcome attention.”
Camilla’s friendship bracelet is made of a blue fabric and it seems the Duchess only started wearing it regularly in the latter part of last year.
Meanwhile, her evil eye bracelet – which features a small nazar that looks like a blue eye, as well as a delicate cross – is not new, but has a secret meaning from various parts of history, including ancient Jewish literature and Islam.
The nazar is supposed to ward off the presence of the evil eye, which is thought to be a curse cast by a malevolent glare that can cause injury or misfortune, according to ancient wisdom.
In Islamic doctrine Prophet Muhammad said: “The influence of an evil eye is a fact.”
The concept also a appears in the Pirkei Avot, a book of teaching for Rabbis.