Queen Camilla, 75, performed an important royal engagement on Wednesday as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles Regiment. The official Royal Family Twitter account posted: “Yesterday at Clarence House, The Queen Consort, Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles Regiment, welcomed General Sir Patrick Sanders, the Regiment’s outgoing Colonel Commandant, and Lieutenant General Tom Copinger-Symes, the new Colonel Commandant.”
Queen Camilla succeeded Prince Philip as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment after his death in 2021.
On Wednesday, the Queen Consort wore her forest green dress designed by Fiona Clare with black pleated detailing which she has worn many times before.
Anytime Queen Camilla performs an engagement as the Colonel-in-Chief of this regiment, she often wears this dress, just like she did in 2021 when she visited the 5th Battalion in Bulford, Wiltshire.
Long before she was appointed commander-in-chief, Camilla always wore green when it came to The Rifles because that colour is said to represent the regiment.
In addition, the Queen Consort wore this forest green Fiona Clare dress at the memorial service for the late Duke of Edinburgh in 2022, presumably as a nod to her late father-in-law.
As Prince Philip was long associated with the regiment, many members of the Royal Family wore the colour green as a nod to one of his lifelong passions.
This included Princess Anne, Queen Letizia of Spain, and the late Queen Elizabeth II herself.
On Wednesday, the Queen Consort accessorised with her Rifles brooch, which also has huge sentimentality with her title and role.
The brooch is known as the Bugle Horn of The Rifles brooch, which another member of the Royal Family also wears.
While Queen Camilla is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles Regiment, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh is the Royal Colonel of the fifth Battalion.
In 2021 on Remembrance Sunday, the Duchess stepped out wearing the gorgeous silver brooch.
The brooch has a small crown that is connected to the bugle horn in addition to the horn itself.
The only distinction between Queen Camilla’s brooch and Sophie’s version is that the Queen Consort’s piece is embellished with emeralds and diamonds.
Because of this, Queen Camilla’s brooch is worth more than Duchess Sophie’s.
The brooch is worth roughly £40,000, according to Nicole Ciccanti, a gemologist at Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel Four’s Posh Pawn.
Although Sophie’s brooch’s value is unknown, given how close it looks to Camilla’s, it might have a comparable price.
Clarence House claims that the silver Bugle Horn has always been used as a symbol to represent the Rifles, and is still being worn by Riflemen nowadays.
The Rifle Regiments began using bugle horns to transmit messages across battlefields in the early 1800s because it was seen as a good alternative for drums.
General Sir Patrick Sanders, the outgoing Colonel Commandant of The Rifles, presented Queen Camilla with one of their silver brooches.
The Duchess of Edinburgh, on the other hand, has begun donning her brooch more frequently since 2019, but it is unknown when Sophie received it.