The eye does not tear: the 10 most beautiful royal tiaras

Who used to belong to Kate Middleton's wedding tiara? Why did Diana refuse to rent a headdress for her ceremony and what tiara does the icon of Queen Laetitia adore? Consider jewelry masterpieces in detail and find out their amazing stories.

According to the rules of etiquette, which are required to adhere to all the royal personages, a married woman should not appear in public with her head uncovered. For daytime activities, representatives of the royal families should choose hats, and in the evening they will be replaced by tiaras and tiaras. At the same time there is a strict regulation of what kind of tiara corresponds to the status and the occasion. Of course, all royal tiaras are real works of art that cost fabulous money. However, the value of these artifacts is determined not only by the amount of precious metal and stones: royal diadems, passed down from generation to generation for centuries, keep the most intimate secrets of their royal owners.

Each European royal family has several family tiaras and tiaras that can be put on by its various representatives. Elizabeth II is considered to be the owner of the most extensive collection today, but other monarchs in the vaults have copies that deserve mention.

Diadem of George IV

Queen Victoria, circa 1800
Elizabeth II, 2002
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Elizabeth II, 1953
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Elizabeth II, 1987
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In the extensive collection of Elizabeth II there are several tiaras deserving especially close scrutiny, and one of them is precisely the tiara of George IV. The fact is that she is one of the main official tiaras of the queen and can boast of a very impressive history. It was made in 1820 by the jewelry house Rundell & Bridge specifically for the coronation of George IV. The treasure was a treasure worth a lot - 8216 pounds. The diadem is mostly gold and inlaid with 133 diamonds. It is also decorated with 166 pearls. Historians claim that all the gems were taken from Rundell & Bridge, but then the crown did not pay its debt. The tiara was one of the most beloved in the arsenal of Queen Victoria, then belonged to Queen Mary, and today belongs personally to Elizabeth II.It is in her that the queen is most often depicted on stamps and banknotes.

"Lotus flower"

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, circa 1930
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Princess Margaret with her husband, 1966
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Kate Middleton, October 20, 2015
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One of the most elegant tiaras in the collection of Elizabeth II is the Lotus Flower, which has been preserved in Buckingham Palace since the 1920s. Initially, this beauty belonged to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (mother of Elizabeth II). In 1923, Prince Albert presented an Egyptian necklace, adorned with diamonds and pearls, to his darling, but his bride, although she appreciated the precious stones, was not willing to wear a bulky necklace. But the solution was found - Elizabeth made a tiara from a necklace, which she later put on for a wedding with Albert. In the 20s, it became fashionable to wear such jewelry pushing on his forehead. This option can be seen on the wedding photos of the Queen Mother.

The next owner of the Lotus Flower was Princess Margaret, the youngest daughter of Elizabeth. Although for her own wedding, she chose the more passive Poltimore diadem, this tiara remained one of the most beloved headpieces of Elizabeth II's younger sister.After Margaret’s death, the tiara was transferred to the Buckingham Palace collection. Several years ago, this elegant little thing again managed to "come out into the light." In 2015, on the occasion of a banquet in honor of the head of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping was put on by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

"Knots of love"

Princess Diana, April 29, 1985
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Princess Diana, November 1, 1985
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Ket Middleton, December 8, 2016
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In the extensive collection of Buckingham Palace there are crowns, which happened to change especially many owners. These include the Cambridge tiara, which is also called “Knots of Love”. She received her nickname due to an unusual form - 19 large pearls are fixed in 19 diamond arches of the tiara, and on top of them there are 19 diamond nodules resembling hearts with spikes. This piece of jewelry was made in 1914 by the firm Garrard & Co for Queen Mary, and after her death was transferred to Elizabeth II. In 1981, the queen gave tiara to her daughter-in-law to Princess Diana as a wedding present. According to some reports, Diana herself gave the tiara to Elizabeth II after her divorce from Charles. Other sources claim that the jewelry masterpiece returned to the caches of Buckingham Palace only after the death of the princess. In 2015, Kate Middleton became the new owner of “Love Knotts”.The Duchess has already twice “walked” this magnificence in the light - in the framework of diplomatic receptions in 2016 and 2017.

Tiara Spencer

Wedding of Diana and Charles, 1981
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Princess Diana, 1983
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Princess Diana, 1988
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Although the tiara "Love Knots" and became a wedding gift to Princess Diana, she did not wear it at the ceremony itself. On this day, Lady Di's luxurious dress complemented her family crown. This thing has been kept by the Spencer family since the 19th century, and it was in the family that it was customary to be worn on the wedding day. In the tiara of the Spencers before Diana, both her sisters, Jane and Sarah, were married. Despite the risk of offending Elizabeth II, Diana decided not to break the family tradition.

The history of this headdress is interesting because its different parts were made at different times. The front fragment is a brooch of 1875, and the rest of the elements are converted from various Spencer family jewels. At the heart of the tiara is gold and inlaid with diamonds, which form small flowers and stars. Unlike Love's Nodules, which weighs quite impressively, Tiara Spencer turned out to be much easier, perhaps that is why, after marriage, Diana preferred to wear it for secular exits.Although the biographers of the princess claim that this tiara seemed to Diana to be more stylish and suitable for her age and face type.

Tiara Halo by Cartier

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day
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Kate Middleton in Tiara Halo, 2011
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Princess Margaret in Tiara Halo, 1955
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Unlike Princess Diana, Kate Middleton did not have a family tiara for a wedding with Prince William. The headdress to the duchess of Cambridge lent to Elizabeth II. Its official name is Halo, but the people call this girl tiara “crown with curls”. Cartier House made it for Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1936. When Elizabeth II was 18 years old, her mother gave her this tiara as a gift. Such an elegant crown was much more suitable for a young princess than a status queen. Wore her, by the way, not only Elizabeth, but also her younger sister Margaret.

Although at first glance the tiara seems very modest, she is quite worthy to be on the list of the most beautiful, and not only because she was wearing the icon of Kate Middleton’s style at the wedding. The fact is that Halo will include 888 diamonds, which are cut and arranged in such a way that they create a certain optical effect - a halo of glow is formed above the head.

Emerald Tiara Josephine

Queen Sonia, May 9, 2017, Oslo
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King Harald and Queen Sonia, 2016
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Queen Sonia, 2006
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Queen Sonia, 2004
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The tiara is made of white gold, inlaid with diamonds and emeralds. Since 1937, this piece of jewelry art belongs to Norway’s Queen Sonia, but France is the birthplace of the tiara. It was commissioned by the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte by the Parisian jewelery house Bapst. Emerald tiara was a gift to his wife, Queen Josephine. After her death, the crown was long passed from heir to heir. For a time, he belonged to the Swedish royal family, and then as a result of a series of dynastic marriages, he was in the treasury of the Norwegian monarchs.

Cameo Diadem

Princess Victoria on their wedding day, 2010
Princess victoria in cameo tiara
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Queen Silvia on her wedding day, 1976
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Jewelry of the first wife of Napoleon Josephine replenished the collection of many European royal families. For example, Cameo has become one of the most expensive and luxurious tiaras of the Swedish crown. She came to the Bourbons in 1923, when King Oscar I married Josephine of Leuchtenberg, the granddaughter of Queen Josephine. For the family, this headdress has become a traditional wedding crown.June 19, 1976 he wore it on the wedding day with Charles XVI Gustav Queen Sylvia. Both sisters of the monarch, Brigitte and Desiree, went down the aisle with Cameo, and the wedding ceremony of the crown princess Victoria in 2010 was the most recent and loud exit of the diadem. The use of cameos is a distinctive feature of empire jewelry. At this time, it was fashionable to refer to the traditions of antiquity, so cameos on a diadem depict ancient Greek mythological creatures. Of course, there is there and Cupid. Apparently, this is why the crown acquired the status of a wedding.

"Flower Tiara"

Queen Leticia, July 13, 2017
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Queen Leticia, June 19, 2010
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Spain's Christina at the wedding of the Prince of Denmark
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One of the most elegant crowns in the collection of the Spanish royal family can be called "Flower Tiara". In 1879, King Alfonso XI presented this tiara to his bride, Maria of Austria. Until the 30s the crown remained in the crown treasury, but then the royal family, which was sent into exile, had to part with it. In 1962, General Franco bought the tiara. He bought a crown to give it as a wedding gift to the Princess Sophia the Greek, who married the future Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I.

"Flower Tiara" especially loves Queen Laetitia. While still a princess, she more often than others took her "for rent" from Queen Sofia, and now, when the crown jewelery was at her complete disposal, this romantic tiara has literally become a mastev of the secular wardrobe of the royal style icon. True, other members of the royal family still have the right to wear this thing. For example, at the wedding of the Prince of Denmark in the floral tiara one could see the infanta of Spain Christina.

Ruby Tiara

Princess Danish Mary, April 15, 2015
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Princess Danish Mary, January 1, 2017
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Mary's Crown Princess of Denmark is not a passionate fan of fanciful jewelery and borrows them from the collection of the Danish royal family only on special occasions. These include magnificent secular and official events where the princess simply does not have the right to appear with an untidy head. What is the tiara most often chooses Mary? At the pre-wedding dinners and for the filming of her official portrait in 2004, she preferred the “Ruby Tiara” - one of the most luxurious hats in the treasury of the royal family of Sweden.This tiara is a composite adornment, and earlier certain parts of it were part of a parryra, including necklaces, earrings and hair clips. For the first time this set was demonstrated in public in 1804 by the Danish Queen Desiree. He donned it for a solemn reception in honor of the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte. Since then, paryry passed from generation to generation, without leaving the royal family. True, time has made its own fashionable adjustments, and since the XIX century the jewelry has undergone changes - fragments of brooches and necklaces were transformed into a tiara, which can, if desired, transform into a necklace.

Tiara of Queen Alia from Cartier

Queen Rania, February 10, 2000
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Raniah and King Abdullah II of Jordan
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A diamond tiara from Cartier was once acquired by the King of Jordan Hussein for his wife Alia. The queen appreciated the modern design of the headdress and began to wear it much more often than her other jewelry (of which she had, of course, quite a lot). For this jewelry masterpiece stuck the name "Tiara of Queen Alia from Cartier". Unfortunately, Aliya’s fate was tragic - in 1977 she died in a plane crash.After the death of the queen, the tiara passed on to princess Heye, and after a while she gave way to her queen Rania. The fact is that in Jordan, unlike in Europe, jewelry is owned by princesses and queens, and not in temporary use. They can give them, sell them, etc. By the way, some sources claim that Rania bought this tiara from Haya. Anyway, at the coronation in 1999 and at the ceremonial portrait of 2000, Queen Rania appeared in tiara Alia.


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