14 Stunning Royal Tiaras and the Stories Behind Them
Royal tiaras are special for each house and are often passed from generation to generation. The largest and most valuable collection of tiaras belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. One tiara from this collection recently drew the world’s attention at the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. But other royal houses have some stunning jewels as well, which we are happy to present to you in this article.
We at Bright Side collected some photos of magnificent royal tiaras along with their stories. Read this list through to the end to find out who owns the oldest and the most modern-looking tiara and which tiaras were taken into exile and sold.
1. Meghan Markle’s wedding tiara
The diamond bandeau tiara worn by Meghan Markle on her wedding day was lent to her by the Queen. The tiara belonged to Queen Mary, the grandmother of the Queen. The brooch at the center dates back to 1893. The tiara was a gift to Queen Mary (Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, back then) from the county of Linkoln for her wedding.
2. Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara
The Cartier Halo Tiara, a finishing touch to the stunning image of Kate Middleton on her wedding day, was made in 1936. It was a present from the Duke of York (later King George VI) to the Duchess of York (Queen Elizabeth). Later it was given as a gift to princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday but was mostly worn by Princess Margaret and Princess Anne.
3. Princess Diana’s wedding tiara
Diana’s tiara occupies a special position on this list since it actually belonged to her family. The middle part of the tiara was given as a wedding present to Diana’s grandmother. The ends of the tiara are believed to have come from Frances Manby, the last known Viscountess of Montagu. The look of the tiara was finalized in the 30s and it was used as a wedding tiara in the Spencer family. Although the Queen loaned Diana a tiara from her collection, Diana decided to continue a tradition from her own family.
4. Crown Princess Victoria’s tiara
The Swedish crown princess wore a magnificent tiara on her wedding day: one with a rich history. It is one of the oldest still in use and is traditionally worn at the weddings of the Swedish royal family. The first owner of the tiara was Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine, and the tiara was brought to Sweden by her granddaughter when she married the future King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway.
5. Hanoverian Floral tiara
When Prince Christian of Hanover married Alessandra de Osma, she wore a stunning tiara following the tradition of other brides marrying into the house of Hanover. The tiara was previously worn by Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover in 2004 and by Ekaterina Malysheva at her wedding with Prince Christian’s brother. It is believed to have come from the collection of Princess Marie of Hanover (1849-1904).
6. Luxembourg diamond floral tiara
This tiara was worn by Princess Claire, the now wife of Prince Félix of Luxembourg, in 2013. The tiara is comprised of diamonds set in silver and gold and features vine leaves, curly vine pieces, and diamond berries. The tiara originates from the 19th century and is part of the Luxembourg royal family foundation, meaning that it is passed from generation to generation.
7. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara
This tiara is the most famous among the British royal tiaras, as it is the one worn by Queen Elizabeth II on coins and banknotes. The tiara was given as a present to Queen Victoria Mary on her wedding day and takes its name from the committee of women who raised money for its creation.
8. Fleur-de-Lys tiara
This tiara comes from the collection of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. It was a wedding present from her husband in 1906. The tiara was made the same year by the court jeweler and is set in platinum with large round diamonds and has 3 fleur-de-lis motifs, which is a symbol of the house of Bourbon. Victoria Eugenia took the tiara with her in exile, and after the Spanish throne was restored the tiara was given as a present to Sofia, the wife of king Juan Carlos.
9. Princess Mako’s tiara
Japanese princess Mako started attending formal court at the age of twenty and was presented with special jewels suitable for these occasions. This tiara was made for her by the Japanese firm Wako, and it has fleur-de-lis and floral motifs. When Mako’s wedding with her boyfriend goes through (it has been postponed until 2020), the tiara will be kept in imperial vaults. She will lose her title because of this marriage.
10. Queen Alia of Jordan’s diamond halo tiara
The diamond Cartier tiara was given to Queen Alia by her husband. This tiara is special because of its modern design: linear rather than floral. Interestingly, the Jordanian royal family does not have a crown jewel collection and the tiaras are passed from mothers to daughters. In 1977, Alia died in a helicopter crash and the tiara passed to her daughter, princess Haya.
11. Ruby olive wreath tiara
The ruby olive wreath tiara, decorated with pigeon’s blood pinky-purple rubies, has been in the royal collection of the Greek Royal family for decades, and first belonged to Queen Olga of the Hellenes. It was inherited by princess Olga of Yugoslavia and later purchased by her cousin King Paul of the Hellenes. Now it is mostly worn by Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
12. Romanian Greek key tiara
This tiara was made for a British-German Princess who was a future Romanov Grand Duchess, around 1905. She was forced to flee the country during the Revolution. In 1921 the tiara was bought by Queen Marie of Romania as a present for her daughter in law, Princess Helen of Greece, who kept it until her death, even in exile. The tiara was inherited by princess Anne who returned to Romania in 1993. Now it is mostly worn by her eldest daughter during foreign royal events.
13. The antique pearl tiara
The Dutch royal family is proud of its collection of jewels, but it was the antique pearl tiara that was chosen to be the first tiara for Queen Maxima. This tiara was designed in 1900 and mimics the shape of the crown worn by Anna Pavlovna, the queen consort of Willem II of the Netherlands. The diamonds in Maxima’s tiara date back to the 17th century. The tiara has been worn by all Dutch queens since Queen Wilhelmine.
14. Queen of Malaysia’s Gandik Diraja
The crown, currently worn by the Queen of Malaysia, is a diadem made with platinum and diamonds in 1984. The fate of this tiara is special since, given the state of the monarchy in Malaysia (the king is elected every 5 years), the tiara doesn’t stay in one family.
Which tiara impressed you the most and which one is missing from this list? Share your impressions and opinions in the comments!
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