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The secret names and themes embroidered into Camilla’s coronation gown

The Queen’s dress paid tribute to her children, granddchildren and beloved terrier dogs

Ellie Muir
Sunday 07 May 2023 12:49 BST
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Charles and Camilla wave from Buckingham Palace balcony

Queen Camilla subtly carried her family with her on the day of her coronation – she had the names of her children and grandchildren sewn into her gown.

The royal, 75, wore a Bruce Oldfield couture gown, created in Battersea, London.

The dress had some expected additions: the cuffs of each sleeve bore the flower emblems of the four nations of the United Kingdom – a rose, a thistle, a daffodil and a shamrock. The symbols appeared on the official invite for the coronation event and have been heavily featured by the royal family in the past.

But there were other unexpected embellishments to the dress, such as the names of her close family, embroidered near the hem of the skirt.

Sharing close-up pictures of the gown on Twitter, royal expert Victoria Howard spotted that the dress appeared to reveal the names of her two children, Tom and Laura, along with those of her grandchildren, Gus, Freddy, Louis, Eliza and Lola.

Camilla’s grandsons served as her four Pages of Honour during the coronation ceremony on Saturday (6 May).

Royal fans also noticed two gold terrier dogs embroidered onto the gown to represent Charles and Camilla’s rescue dogs Beth and Bluebell.

The dress appeared to reveal the names of Camilla’s two children, Tom and Laura, along with those of her grandchildren (PA/Getty Images)

Camilla adopted the pooches from Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home in 2017.

Elsewhere, Camilla’s shoes were made by British designer Elliot Zed and are made of the same silk fabric as her coronation dress.

She also donned a historic necklace that was worn during coronations in 1902, 1911, 1937 and 1953.

It was previously owned by Camilla’s late mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as by Queen Mary before her and Queen Alexandra.

According to the Royal Collection Trust, the diamonds in the coronation necklace come from Queen Victoria’s collection of jewellery.

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