Camilla Parker Bowles is dipping into the royal jewel box. Her love of jewelry is well-known, but this week she surprised even the most seasoned of royal jewelry experts when she wore a diamond “stomacher” to a Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace and while posing for the royal portrait seen above.
What on earth is a stomacher, you might be wondering?
A stomacher is basically a massive piece of jewelry that is affixed to the bodice of a dress. It has the look of a corsage or brooch, but is typically worn front-and-center—in other words, at the widest part of the chest, but also at the top of a woman’s stomach, hence the name. (It’s also often called a devant de corsage.)