Charles and Camilla ‘trying to show good side’ says expert
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The aim of the project was to “get the world knitting”, as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall unfurled the piece of art outside Dumfries House. The knitted piece of art looked like a mosaic, and was made up of more than 9,000 handmade squares and weighed 130 kilos, from the historic Adam Bridge. The Prince of Wales personally came up with the idea for the colourful piece, which features squares contributed by individuals and knitting groups from around the world including Australia and America.
The concept aims to celebrate knitting as a traditional craft form and highlight the associated mental health benefits that practising the skill can bring.
It was organised by Prince Charles’s charity The Prince’s Foundation, and the royal couple helped heave the display over the bridge.
The Prince, who was dressed in a kilt and sporran, said: “I do so really want to offer my congratulations. It’s just wonderful.”
Admiring the display from beneath the bridge, Camila remarked afterwards: “It’s brilliant. The colours are fantastic.”
The Duchess of Cambridge looked very smart in a blue blazer with tartan lining and a matching tartan skirt.
Camilla also wore striking orange shoes to add an interesting pop of colour to her outfit, whilst also choosing baby pink lipstick.
Her jewellery glistened as the Duchess carried out her royal duties, and Express.co.uk spoke to a jewellery expert about the background story of Camilla’s necklace and earrings.
Alexandra Michell, a gemologist from the Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, spoke to Express.co.uk about Camilla’s fascinating jewellery which she wore to the royal event in Scotland.
Alexandra said: “Camilla’s pearl earrings are a yellow gold floral motif with a detached gold half hoop with small pearl drops, spotted before in Exeter in July 2021, just after Camilla’s birthday.
“Perhaps these were a birthday present? If they were to sell at auction they’d reach in the region of £5,000.
“Camilla’s blue topaz necklace by Kiki Mc Donough is called the ‘Apollo’ necklace and is white gold in colour with diamonds.
“Its recommended retail price is £1,800, and it was first spotted in July 2020 when Camilla was in Cornwall.
“There is some speculation this may have been a gift from the Duchess of Cambridge, as this is one of Kate’s favourite jewellers. The auction estimate is roughly £6,000.
“Camilla’s gold pendant is a Jens Hansen Golden Kiwi pendant (in 18-carat gold) which was gifted to her in New Zealand in 2015 by the Mayor of Nelson.
“It is designed to represent the National emblem of New Zealand – the Kiwi Bird.
“Its recommended retail price is around £600, and its auction estimate is about £3,500.”
The team at The Prince’s Foundation, whose headquarters are at Dumfries House, received knitted squares from across the globe, with contributors ranging from a nine-year-old from Sanquhar to a 101-year-old from Troon.
The pieces were sewn together by staff from the Foundation, participants of the charity’s textiles programmes, and prisoners from Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling as part of a rehabilitation initiative.
The patchwork will eventually be dismantled into smaller blankets and distributed to charities in need.
Ashleigh Douglas, future textiles manager for The Prince’s Foundation, said: “Knitting is known to have multiple benefits for the mind and body including reducing depression and anxiety, relieving stress and helping improve motor functions.”
This project is part of a wider collaboration between the Foundation and The Joseph Ettedgui Charitable Foundation, to create communities of knitters in the local area to turn their hobby into a business motive.
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