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Camilla’s poignant tribute to the Queen in Edinburgh

The Queen Consort wore a diamond thistle brooch gifted to her by the late Queen (Picture: PA/Getty)

Eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a special detail on Camilla the Queen Consort’s outfit today.

The 75-year-old donned a diamond thistle brooch as she accompanied her husband, King Charles, on duties in Scotland.

As viewers across the world watched the service of thanksgiving at Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral, they realised that Camilla’s choice in brooch had a poignant meaning.

The late Queen gave the glittering piece, which depicts two thistles, to her daughter-in-law.

It is believed to have belonged to the Queen Mother, and has been worn by Camilla on a number of occasions, particularly for visits to Scotland.

She choose the heirloom – a nod to the Scottish national flower – for her mourning outfit today.

King Charles had, with his siblings and wife by his side, today overseen the latest journey of the Queen’s coffin.

The new monarch led the Royal Family in a poignant procession behind his mother’s casket as it made its way to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

It’s been a long day of duties for the new King and his wife (Picture: Duncan McGlynn/Shutterstock)
As Camilla arrived at St Giles’, royal fans noted the choice in brooch (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Mourners bowed their heads in silence as the Queen’s lead-lined English oak casket – made for the late monarch 30 years ago – slowly moved along the Royal Mile.

The King later quoted Robert Burns as he spoke to MSPs in Holyrood for the first time as monarch.

Charles paid tribute to his late mother, who he said he was ‘determined’ to emulate in her service to the country.

Addressing assembled MSPs, former first ministers, presiding officers and leading figures from Scottish civil society, the new King quoted from the famed Scottish poet as he praised his mother’s life of ‘incomparable service’.

Camilla the Queen Consort during today’s Service of Prayer and Reflection (Picture: AP)

‘If I might paraphrase the words of the great Robert Burns, my dear mother was the friend of man, the friend of truth, the friend of age and guide of youth,’ he said.

‘Few hearts like her with virtue warmed, few heads with knowledge so informed.’

The quote was taken from Burns’ Epitaph On My Own Friend.

This evening, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward again joined the new King to flank their mother’s coffin in the Vigil of the Princes.

Each positioned themselves at a corner of the casket to stand guard, as is tradition.

The Queen Consort and Countess of Wessex sat on seats opposite the coffin while the vigil took place this evening.

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