Queen Consort browses heirlooms on Antiques Roadshow

Provenance guaranteed! The Queen Consort browses heirlooms during tonight’s special episode of Antiques Roadshow in Cornwall – and takes a royal snuffbox and poem to be valued

  • The programme was filmed in Cornwall at the Eden Project last September 
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Viewers of the Antiques Roadshow will get their chance to see a snuffbox from the  Royal Collection and a copy of a famous poem appraised this evening, after The Queen Consort joined the BBC One show for a special episode. 

Filmed in Cornwall at the Eden Project last September, shortly before the late Queen’s death on September 8th – when Camilla was still the Duchess of Cornwall, the Sunday night episode sees the royal browsing the antiques brought in by local residents, and marvelling at the Eden Project’s horticultural splendour.

For the occasion, Camilla brought along a rare snuffbox from the Royal Collection made from Cornish silver and a copy of Elegy In A Country Churchyard by poet Thomas Gray to be examined.

Wearing an elegant green leaf patterned dress, the Queen Consort also joined host Fiona Bruce in a Guess The Mystery Object game.

The pair descended into giggles as they tried to guess the true purpose of three unusual items offered up by jewellery specialist Geoffrey Munn. 

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Filmed before the late Queen’s death on September 8th, the then Duchess of Cornwall appears in a special episode of Antiques Roadshow on BBC One this evening (The royal is pictured with books expert Justin Croft)

Later, after the Queen Consort tells silver specialist Duncan Campbell she wanted to bring something along that was Cornish, he’s visibly thrilled by the chance to examine the snuffbox with a closer eye, telling the royal it’s the first all-English silver box of its kind he has seen in his career.  

Meanwhile, books expert Justin Croft also admires Camilla’s copy of Gray’s work as she describes her love for the poem and her interest in the book’s special binding, which was done in 1899 by the Guild of Women Binders.

Among the items is a piece of rock crystal, a silver plaque decorated with a pair of eyes and two jewelled arrows.

Bruce, who has presented Antiques Roadshow since 2008, said: ‘The Queen Consort was just terrific fun. She put everyone at ease and was keen to take part in the programme and chat to everyone.

Camilla pictured strolling with presenter Fiona Bruce around the grounds at the Eden Project; the royal expressed her love of gardening while visiting the Cornish tourist attraction

The royal had two personal items valued by Antiques Roadshow experts in the special episode of the BBC show. Pictured, Camilla and host Fiona Bruce during filming

Filmed in Cornwall at the Eden Project last September, the programme – which will air on Sunday at 8pm on BBC One – will see Camilla also join host Fiona Bruce in a Guess The Mystery Object game

Cornish silver: The snuffbox, part of the Royal Collection, was a natural choice Camilla told the show because it was made in the region

The Cornish attraction’s two enormous ‘biome’ greenhouses hosted the show’s various experts, and crowds of local people also brought their family heirlooms to be valued.

‘The members of the public that came along with their items that day got a bit more than they bargained for as they had no idea The Queen Consort was coming!

‘Her Majesty got stuck into our Antiques Roadshow games, though Guess The Mystery Object had us both stumped.’

The presenter also discussed with Camilla her close connection to the Eden Project and her support for The Big Lunch, a charity based at the Cornish site which encourages people to come together with their local community to share a meal.

A shot of the royal during the mystery object game, a popular slot on the Sunday evening show

Camilla also spent time looking at some of the objects other people had brought in during the visit

The 75-year-old, who also spent time with people from The Big Lunch charity, waved at the hundreds of well-wishers who gathered at the Cornish tourist attraction

During the visit, Camilla also stopped to talk to members of the public including 16-year-old Dylan Kilpatrick and his mother Amanda Fishlock, from Cornwall, who had brought along a painting by their ancestor, 19th century artist Robert Ponsonby Staples, featuring a family on a seaside outing.

Ms Fishlock explained the artist was a relative on her mother’s side, which is how the painting came to be in their possession.

When asked what Camilla had thought of the painting, Dylan said: ‘She said she was jealous, she said she really liked the figure in the foreground.’

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