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Queen Camilla had secret names embroidered on her Coronation dress

Ben Thompson

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Queen Camilla had secret names embroidered on her Coronation dress

Featured Image Credit: Associated Press / Alamy Stock Photo

Queen Camilla had the eyes of the world on her when she showed up to the Coronation yesterday, but many didn't realise that her outfit contained secret nods to her nearest and dearest.

The 75-year-old wore a Bruce Outfield couture gown as she was presented with a ring that 'married' her as the consort to King Charles.

Camilla's dress had some nods to her nearest and dearest. Credit: Associated Press / Alamy Stock Photo
Camilla's dress had some nods to her nearest and dearest. Credit: Associated Press / Alamy Stock Photo

However, eagle eyed viewers noticed that Camilla had gotten the names of her children and grandchildren embroidered onto the bottom of her dress.

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Royal expert Victoria Howard shared a close up image of the dress to Twitter, which revealed the names of her children Tom and Laura, along with her grandchildren - Gus, Freddy, Louis, Eliza and Lola.

There were even tributes paid to Camilla's beloved gold terrier puppies, Beth and Bluebell, as the dress also featured some embroidered pooches.

Beth and Bluebell have been part of the family since they were rescued from Battersea Dogs' and Cats' Home in 2017, and have recently set up home in Buckingham Palace.

The ivory dress was designed by close friend Bruce Oldfield, who had previously worked with Princess Diana.

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It was made from Peau de Soie, a silk fabric, and topped with silver embroidery woven by Stephen Walters in Suffolk.


Camilla also complemented her Coronation look with matching designer shoes and the necklace that Queen Elizabeth II wore for her coronation in 1953.

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The new Queen also wore a Robe of State, decorated with her husband's favourite flowers, delphiniums, and lily of the valley, a favourite bloom of her mother-in-law, the late Queen.

There was a lot of nature depicted on the robe, as embroidery imagery of insects was woven into the fabric.

It beared a resemblance to the event invitations designed by King Charles, which heavily featured insects and plants.

This is a nod to Charles' interest in environmental issues.

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It appeared that the Royal couple put the ethic of reusable fashion into practice as both wore robes previously used by past monarchs.

Whilst Camilla donned one worn by her late mother-in-law, King Charles wore the same Robe of State as his grandfather King George VI for his 1937 coronation ceremony.

This wasn't the only fashion decision of Camilla's that generated interest among viewers.

The Queen also opted to reuse a crown from Queen Mary's 1911 coronation, rather than having a new one commissioned.

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According to Buckingham Palace, this decision was made 'the interests of sustainability and efficiency'.

Topics: Coronation, Fashion, Royal Family

Ben Thompson
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