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Prince Philip funeral: Duchess of Cornwall wears diamond brooch from his former regiment

The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to her father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh by wearing the commemorative brooch of the regiment he was associated with for 70 years.

Camilla wore the silver Bugle Horn brooch of The Rifles on her black coat as she accompanied her husband Prince Charles to Prince Philip's funeral at St George's Chapel today.

Camilla was gifted the brooch last year after Prince Philip transferred the historic military title of Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles to her in July. 

Meanwhile the Queen brought out the diamond Richmond Brooch, which she inherited from her grandmother Queen Mary. 

The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to her father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh by wearing the commemorative brooch of the regiment he was associated with for 70 years

Camilla wore the silver Bugle Horn brooch of The Rifles on her black coat as she accompanied her husband Prince Charles to Prince Philip's funeral at St George's Chapel today

The Queen brought out the diamond Richmond Brooch, which she inherited from her grandmother Queen Mary

The brooch, a present from the town of Richmond for her 1893 wedding to the future King George V, is comprised of diamonds set in silver and gold in a scrolling design surrounding a central pearl, with a pearl and diamond pendant hanging

The brooch, a present from the town of Richmond for her 1893 wedding to the future King George V, is comprised of diamonds set in silver and gold in a scrolling design surrounding a central pearl, with a pearl and diamond pendant hanging below. 

It is a flexible jewel - the central pearl and pearl pendant are detachable - and today the Queen chose to leave it off.

The Duchess of Cornwall's choice of brooch is a subtle and fitting way to honour her father-in-law's service. 

The Duke of Edinburgh had been closely associated with The Rifles and its earlier regiments for almost 70 years. 

The Duke of Edinburgh transferred his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall in a socially-distanced ceremony. 

The Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived at the chapel alone, was dignified in a black dress as she waited for the coffin to arrive

The Duchess of Cornwall stepping out of the car at St George's Chapel ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral

Prince Philip remained in isolation at Windsor Castle while the Duchess of Cornwall was at Highgrove.

The Duke of Edinburgh was formally thanked for his 67 years of support and service to The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent regiments.

The Duchess of Cornwall made her first visit to The Rifles headquarters in September.

The Rifles were formed in February 2007, following the merger of four celebrated infantry Regiments - The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry; The Light Infantry; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry; and The Royal Green Jackets.

Forged during the campaigns of Iraq and Afghanistan, they are now the largest infantry regiment in the British Army. Their motto is: 'Swift and Bold.' 

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