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Princess Anne wears £4,500 ‘lesser-seen jewel’ in Wales
Princess Anne, 72, visited the Prince Charles Hospital on Monday to see the maternity services team, because the Princess Royal is the patron of the Royal College of Midwives. For the visit, Princess Anne wore a significant brooch.
The Princess Royal donned a green blazer and skirt with lots of red accents. The blazer and skirt featured red pinstripes and buttons all the way down.
She was also wearing a red turtle neck jumper underneath the blazer, which perfectly complemented the green blazer and red accents.
Princess Anne accessorised with a circular gold brooch which was pinned to her left shoulder.
This was not the first time that Princess Anne wore this shiny accessory. Back in February on a royal visit to New Zealand, the Princess debuted the brooch for the first time.
She has since worn the brooch on a royal engagement to King’s College London that same month.
Zack Stone, a jewellery expert from Steven Stone, commented on the significance of the brooch to Express.co.uk.
He said: “This gold brooch has always been considered to be one of Princess Anne’s lesser-seen jewels.
“It was given a rare outing during the Princess Royal’s tour of New Zealand in February and in London soon after.”
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The expert described the intricate shape of the brooch and provided an estimated value.
“In the shape of a wreath, the piece is made of 18k gold, carved into an ornate three-flower, three-leaf pattern. I’d estimate it to be worth £4,500,” the expert claimed.
Mr Stone gave suggestions for what the mysterious jewel could symbolise for the Princess Royal.
He commented: “The piece oozes with symbolism. Whilst wreaths symbolise welcome and friendship, leaves are often symbols of hope amid hardship.
“This makes the piece a particularly sentimental choice by the Princess Royal both when she visited New Zealand as they were dealing with a major weather event, and when she met researchers, clinicians and patients at the CSI.”
This was also a sentimental choice for Princess Anne on Monday as she visited a maternity services team, so a “symbol of hope” was highly appropriate.
Despite the brooch costing £4,500 according to the jewellery expert, this is a “modest price tag”.
Mr Stone explained: “With its appearances few and far between and there being no evidence that the mysterious piece has been worn by another royal, it’s highly likely that Princess Anne bought it for herself, which would explain the modest price tag.”
Princess Anne wore simple stud gold earrings to accessorise during her royal engagement to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.
In addition, she wore black gloves and carried a black handbag across her shoulder.
For footwear, the Princess wore some long black boots, which reached just below her knees.
The Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board tweeted: “Our fantastic team in Maternity Services at Prince Charles Hospital had a royal treat today with a visit from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.”
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