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Camilla nails diplomatic dressing and triumphs on solo trip to Northern Ireland

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outfits in Northern Ireland were reflective of the careful rebuilding of the relationship between the country and the .

The Queen paid tribute through her choice of clothing and accessories as she spent the day carrying out a wide range of engagements.

She started off by meeting local small business-owners in Belfast, including Coffey’s Butchers, Arcadia Delicatessen and Knotts Craft Bakery.

Camilla then visited The Rifles at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn where she took a Royal Salute and watched the parade carry out a march and double-past in her honour.

For the evening Her Majesty went on to Hillsborough Castle to receive the the Secretary of State, the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

Queen Camilla has mastered the art of “diplomatic dressing” on a visit to Northern Ireland, relying on her trusty Bruce Oldfield to come to the rescue.

The Queen’s dark green look and shamrock brooch paid tribute to the close bond between the two countries.

Decades ago the Troubles in Northern Ireland greatly affected the country’s relationship with the monarchy, but things have been patched up.

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Queen Camilla Visits Northern Ireland

As she arrived to greet the crowds in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, Camilla’s wardrobe was already showcasing her diplomatic efforts.

The dark green coat was designed by Bruce Oldfield, one of Camilla’s favourites, and featured velvet leaf appliqué over the top.

Mr Oldfield told The Telegraph that the leaves were a “stylised modern interpretation of a classic Rococo leaf motif”. 

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Queen Camilla Visits Northern Ireland

Queen Camilla accessorised her green leaf coat with an appropriate yet beautiful shamrock brooch.

Brooches are a beloved jewellery item for the royals, with this one made of diamond and turquoise shaped into an Irish clover.

The item once belonged to the late Queen Elizabeth, who gifted it to Camilla having received it herself as a wedding present in 1947.

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Queen Camilla Visits Northern Ireland

Her Majesty is clearly fond of the shamrock brooch, with royal watchers noting that it has been worn exclusively by her since 2019.

The stunning jewellery piece Persian turquoises set in the centre of three leaves of a diamond shamrock, and a larger diamond sits in the centre of the brooch. has previously spoken to Maxwell Stone, Steven Stone‘s leading diamond expert, about the worth of the piece, as he said: “Featuring three leaves of Persian turquoise stones surrounded by high-quality white diamonds. I’d estimate that this exceptional piece has a value of around £25,000.”

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Queen Camilla Visits Northern Ireland

For her evening engagement Queen Camilla changed into a different green outfit which still complemented her other looks throughout the day.

She hosted an event at Hillsborough Castle as part of The Queen’s Reading Room in order to celebrate World Poetry Day.

Camilla was joined by poets Sinead Morrissey and Raquel McKee, actress Frances Tomelty, poet Michael Longley, actor Ian McElhinney and poet Paul Muldoon.

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