Did you notice the Princess of Wales’ poignant accessory? She looked stunning in turquoise to join her husband Prince William at the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Aldershot on Friday.
Princess Catherine’s unrivaled elegance triumphed as she debuted a custom coatdress from Catherine Walker, one of her favorite designers. The royal made a statement in her eye-catching green ensemble, complete with a striking “Clio” hat from Jane Taylor millinery and suede teal pumps from Gianvito Rossi. However, it wasn’t just her clothing that had a symbolic significance.
The royal mother-of-three accessorized with a gleaming diamond shamrock brooch, a tasteful nod to her upcoming position as Colonel of the regiment.
The Princess has replaced her husband, the Prince of Wales, who is currently the Colonel of the Welsh Guards, in that position.
The diamond shamrock brooch worn by Princess Catherine has great significance for the royal family. After her 2011 marriage to Prince William, it was the first brooch she ever wore in a royal capacity.
The brooch was previously lent by the Irish Guards to members of the royal family in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, according to jewelry expert Maxwell Stone.
Catherine reportedly only has worn her shamrock brooch since she first wore it shortly after her 2011 wedding, according to Maxwell.
The piece has an extremely small, single emerald set in the center of the textured leaves and is made of 18 carat yellow gold. After being worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne in the past, the eye-catching accessory has long been a prized possession in the royal collection.
The symbolic brooch has been worn by Princess Catherine, who frequently matches her accessories to her outings, on several trips to Northern Ireland as well as to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The brooch is worth, according to Maxwell, about $2,250 ($3,000).