The Royal Family Tiaras
The Royal Family’s tiaras are world famous and only worn at certain events, usually weddings and state occasions by the family’s highest ranking members. Unlike their amazing wardrobes and other jewels, the tiaras don’t seem to come out as much as we would like, a great shame as there are so many. The tiaras are made up from a range of gems from rubies to sapphires, and platinum to diamonds.
There are some extraordinary examples of tiaras worn by the royal family, one such being the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” tiara. This is Queen Elizabeth’s favorite and most worn tiara and was originally created for Queen Mary of Teck. This beautiful tiara was commissioned as a gift to her by the aristocratic women who called themselves the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland”. The tiara was from the jewellers Garrard in June 1893.
Another example of the royal family’s tiaras is the “Cambridge Lovers knot” tiara. This was also commissioned by Queen Mary of Teck in 1914 by the House of Garrard from pearls and diamonds already owned by her family. This tiara has been worn by the Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales and currently by Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. Following Diana’s death in 1997, the tiara wasn’t seen until 2015 when the Duchess of Cambridge wore it at a reception at Buckingham palace.
The final tiara is called the Cartier Halo Tiara, which was bought to our attention when Catherine “Kate” Middleton wore it on her wedding day to Prince William in 2011. It was originally made in 1936 using platinum and diamonds. It features 739 brilliant cut diamonds which form the base for a series of leaf-like scrolls, finished off with larger round diamonds on top of 149 baguette- cut diamonds. The tiara was last seen at the Cartier exhibition at the NGA in Canberra in 2018.
These tiaras are a hallmark of the Royal Family, however there is some etiquette around wearing them. Tradition only allows married women to wear them demonstrating that they were ‘taken’ and not looking for a husband. Worn for the first time on her wedding day, the tiara signals the crowning of love and loss of innocence to marriage.
What ever the tradition, they still look fabulous!