How the Duchess of Cornwall’s Burns Night jewelry piece is a sweet tribute to the Queen Mother

This stunning brooch hasn’t been seen for many years

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks at selection of opals from the South Australian Museum Opal Exhibition at Government House on November 10, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia
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The Duchess of Cornwall’s jewelry might always attract the attention of royal fans, but only the really eagle-eyed amongst them might have noticed her sweet tribute to the Queen Mother in her Burns Night outfit. 

The Duchess of Cornwall read out a favorite poem by acclaimed Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in a video clip posted on the Clarence House official Instagram page on Monday, paying tribute to Burns Night. This Scottish holiday celebrates the life and work of Robert Burns. And whilst Duchess Camilla’s recital of the beautiful poem, My Heart’s in the Highlands, was unbelievably touching, it wasn’t the only heartfelt aspect. 

Dressed in a smart blazer and cream blouse, her glittering brooch was visible for all to see in the video clip. The brooch features an array of diamonds and is crafted into the shape of the Thistle, an emblem of Scotland. 

The brooch once belonged to the Duchess’ grandmother-in-law, the Queen Mother. The Queen Mother reportedly wore it on several occasions, often pinned stylishly to her hat. Whilst it has not been confirmed, it is thought likely that when the Queen Mother sadly passed away in 2002, this wonderful piece of jewelry was left to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

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So it seems likely that the Queen might have loaned her late mother’s fabulous brooch to her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall. 

It is unknown exactly when Duchess Camilla was loaned the brooch and it has been rarely seen, though notably, she also wore this stunning jewelry piece on a trip to New Zealand in 2015. 

Which Royal Family members has the Queen loaned jewelry to?

The Queen has often been seen to loan important jewelry items to members of the Royal Family for certain occasions and most commonly weddings. 

This includes the Cartier Halo Tiara worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day, as well as the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex wore when she married Prince Harry.

Most recently, she is also understood to have loaned her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara for her big day.

It’s lovely to see the Royal Family’s special jewelry pieces being worn throughout the years!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!