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Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics explained – The meanings behind Queen's anthem

There are many moments of mock opera in the song, or at least choral moments which have operatic sensibilities.

Nevertheless, many have tried to decipher the lyrics over the years, with some suggesting it is a version of Albert Camus’ The Stranger, and describes a suicidal murderer who is explaining his crimes before execution.

Another view put forward, however, suggests the lyrics actually tell the story of Freddie’s own personal issues, given in the year he wrote Bohemian Rhapsody, he was believed to have begun his first affair with a man while living with his girlfriend of the time, Mary Austin.

Some have suggested there are veiled references to coming out in the song, and his singing of ‘mamma mia, let me go’ suggests he wants to break free.

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Camilla's bracelets: The meanings behind Royal's 'everyday' wear and 'what she holds dear'

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The pandemic has not stopped the Royal Family from visiting different locations across the country to pay their respects to key workers or learn more about various organisations. These engagements have given Britons the opportunity to see which public issues are important to the Royals, but they have also given fashion fans an insight into the Family’s sense of style.

The way someone dresses says a lot about the person, and the clothing or jewellery items they wear have deeper, hidden meanings.

That is why the Royal Family’s clothes are so often analysed and scrutinised – because it can reveal more to the public about a family that they do not know much about, despite regularly being in the limelight.

Camilla has been seen on various occasions over the past year visiting spots around the country on her own or with her husband, Prince Charles, to meet and speak to different people.

The Duchess of Cornwall is known for her penchant for long dresses, tartan skirts, collared coats, neutral colours, and, of course, jewellery.

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Charlotte White, Head of Design at 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online jeweller, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about the Duchess of Cornwall’s choice of jewellery.

She said: “Camilla absolutely loves jewellery.

“On formal occasions, she regularly dons opulent necklaces encrusted with gemstones.

“These larger jewels range from gifts from Prince Charles to pieces in the Royal Collection whose custodian is Her Majesty the Queen, and gifts from Saudi Arabia and Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Bahrain and the ruler of Kuwait.”

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Charlotte continued: “The pandemic has heralded an emphasis on daywear and some of Camilla’s notable everyday pieces carry special significance, offering us a small glimpse into what she holds dear.”

It is clear that the Duchess is a fan of bracelets, and three significant bracelets have been seen on her wrists over the past year, which Camilla wears either on their own or paired together.

These are a personalised gold bracelet, a cotton friendship bracelet, and a gold evil eye bracelet.

The personalised gold bracelet is a chunky gold chain with a variety of coin-like charms dangling from it.

One of the charms is a gold disk engraved with the numbers 30.12.09, which is the birth date of her twin grandsons, Gus and Louis.

Camilla seems to be a fan of charm bracelets as she gifted a similar gold version to the Duchess of Cambridge as a wedding gift in 2011.

Kate’s charm bracelet is also gold and has one personalised charm hanging from the chain, engraved with the letter ‘C’ on either side of it – representing both Catherine and Camilla.

As well as her gold bracelet, Camilla has been seen wearing more “casual” bracelets over the past year.

Charlotte explained: “Casual, more relaxed styles have become commonplace for many over the last year.

“The Duchess of Cornwall has been seen wearing an understated blue friendship bracelet made of twisted fabric since late 2020—a far cry from her more traditional, regal tiaras and statement necklaces.”

Charlotte continued: “Camilla has also been seen wearing a bracelet on a delicate gold chain, adorned with a sideways cross and evil eye: a millennia-old symbol designed to ward off unwelcome attention.”

Camilla’s friendship bracelet is made of a blue fabric and it seems the Duchess only started wearing it regularly in the latter part of last year.

Meanwhile, her evil eye bracelet – which features a small nazar that looks like a blue eye, as well as a delicate cross – is not new, but has a secret meaning from various parts of history, including ancient Jewish literature and Islam.

The nazar is supposed to ward off the presence of the evil eye, which is thought to be a curse cast by a malevolent glare that can cause injury or misfortune, according to ancient wisdom.

In Islamic doctrine Prophet Muhammad said: “The influence of an evil eye is a fact.”

The concept also a appears in the Pirkei Avot, a book of teaching for Rabbis.

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Princess Anne’s two engagement rings worth £30,000 have special meanings

Princess Anne is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and is a senior working member of the Royal Family. She has been married twice and both times has been presented with pretty similar rings. How much are they worth?
“The cabochon gem is framed by a cluster of three small diamonds either side totalling approx 0.2 carats, set in yellow gold.”

According to the expert, the beautiful ring could still be worth around £9,000.

The same year that the couple divorced, Princess Anne married her current husband, Timothy Laurence.

Timothy is a retired Royal Navy officer and was equerry to the Queen from 1986 to 1989.

“It’s a very elegant, vintage design that sits beautifully on the finger.”

According to Anna, the engagement ring could cost as much as £20,000 to recreate. 

Sapphires have become a more typical stone for engagement rings over the years given its rich colour and durability.

The jewellery expert went on to share how the stone symbolises honesty, trust and wisdom and added that they’re resistant to scratching and make a brilliant ring.

She added: “The blue also lends a unique look to the rings, as we can see with Princess Anne.”

Kate Middleton also has a sapphire engagement ring from Prince William which once belonged to Princess Diana.

Prince William popped the question to Kate in Kenya while on holiday at Lewa Safari Camp.

The engagement ring features an oval sapphire as the centrepieces and is surrounded by sparkly diamonds.

The Duchess wears her stunning ring alongside her gold wedding band.