Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch a ‘sign of devotion’ and ‘prosperity’ as she wows in go-to regal color for special engagement

Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch has diamonds, lapis lazuli and turquoise and it couldn't have been more perfect for her visit

Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch seen as she meets students during a visit to Elmhurst Ballet School
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Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch could reportedly be a “sign of devotion” and “prosperity” as she wowed in a go-to regal color for a special engagement. 


The late Queen Elizabeth’s brooches were truly magnificent and we’ve seen Queen Consort Camilla wear several from her collection over the years though she’s also got a selection of special pieces all of her own. From Queen Camilla’s “lucky” dove brooch to her sweet dog-shaped brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels is one of her favorite brands for jewelry and especially brooches. Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch is also one of their designs and she wore it i n style pinned to a deep blue coat with tunic-style neckline and textured details on the cuffs. 

The Queen was in the West Midlands region of England on March 14 and she paid a visit to both Southwater One Library in Telford and - very appropriately given the brooch - to Elmhurst Ballet School. 

Camila, Queen Consort meets dancer Anthony Madu

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Here she marked the school’s centenary and met its students, including Anthony Mmesoma Madu. He received a scholarship to Elmhurst in 2020 after a video of him dancing barefoot in the rain went viral. 

For this special visit it’s clear that a huge amount of thought went into Queen Camilla’s outfit and especially her brooch - the Bouton d'or ballerina clip from Van Cleef & Arpels.. This exquisite design features diamonds, lapis lazuli and turquoise as well as 18K yellow gold and the stones could be seen to add extra significance to Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch. 

Camilla, Queen Consort unveils a plaque during a visit to Elmhurst Ballet School

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Not only did she opt for the ballerina pin for her visit to Elmhurst Ballet School but the turquoise stones set into it have reportedly been perceived as having multiple intriguing meanings across history.

As per the Van Cleef & Arpels website, turquoise was introduced in Europe and imported from Turkey during the Renaissance period and was considered to be a “symbol of prosperity”. In Europe where Queen Camilla lives it was also apparently offered as a “sign of devotion” as the color was thought to be reminiscent of the forget-me-not flower which represents both love and remembrance. 

Full frame of turquoise semi-precious stones

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Meanwhile, the jeweler has also suggested that diamonds which also feature in the brooch were considered by the Ancient Romans to be “fragments of stars” and by the Ancient Greeks as the “tears of the gods”. Diamonds have also reportedly been seen as a “symbol of heroism” or as a “lucky charm”.

Camilla, Queen Consort unveils a plaque during a visit to Elmhurst Ballet School

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Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch was paired with a navy coat, accentuating the stunning blue and clear stones within her timeless accessory. The Royal Family wears blue regularly and since becoming Queen Consort last year, deeper and brighter shades have been her colors of choice consistently during the colder months. 

Both the special symbolism and design of Queen Camilla’s unique ballerina brooch make this a very special piece indeed. It perfectly suited her look for her West Midlands visit as she showcased her “devotion” to her role throughout the day.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use , Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!