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Queen Camilla

A poignant nod to Queen Elizabeth II from Queen Camilla at start of State Visit

As Queen Camilla arrived in Germany for the first outgoing State Visit of King Charles III’s reign, her outfit had echoes of the past. For the last outgoing State Visit made by Queen Elizabeth II was to Germany and the new consort seemed to nod to the previous trip on her arrival.

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Queen Camilla wore a a pale turquoise coat for her first engagements in Berlin. Her hat was a deeper shade of the same colour and featured a peacock feather. It was reminiscent of the colours worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her last German State Visit when she chose a blue and green combination for a trip to Frankfurt with a hat also trimmed with peacock feathers.

The feather is taken by many to be a sign of royalty and power. Other traditions see it as a symbol of luck, beauty and strength.

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There was another poignant addition to Queen Camilla’s outfit. She chose a turquoise brooch that had been given to Queen Elizabeth II by her grandmother, Queen Mary.

King Charles and Queen Camilla arrived in Berlin on March 29th 2023 for their first outgoing State Visit with their plane given an escort of honour into the airport by a German Eurofighter. The first day is set to include a ceremony at the Brandenberg Gate and a State Banquet at Bellevue Palace.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.