Since there seems to be an unwavering interest among the public in the lives of the British royal family, it is only logical that we take a peek in the range of objects that symbolize the blue-blooded status of their highnesses – the crowns, tiaras and diadems worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton and the late Princess Diana. Many of these sixteen gems have been passed on from monarchs in previous centuries, while some have been purchased from foreign rulers or presented by them as gifts, but they all have that intrinsic quality of making you go back to your childhood and wanting to be a princess again.
1. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Extremely recognizable thanks to its frequent appearance on banknotes and stamps, this tiara was originally a wedding gift to Queen Mary in 1893 who in turn gave it to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding present in 1947 – it gets its name because it was originally presented to the then-princess Mary by the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Committee.
2. The George IV State Diadem
This crown which was made for King George IV’s for his 1821 coronation has a modest 1,333 diamonds and cost just £8,216 (£731,224 today). It was worn by both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary, as well as Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1952. The current monarch still wears it regularly while traveling to and from the State Opening of Parliament.
3. The Burmese Ruby Tiara
The Queen was given almost 100 Burmese rubies for her wedding day and had them made into a tiara in 1973 with the addition of some diamonds from a separate dismantled tiara.
4. The Halo
Made by Cartier in 1936, this tiara was given to the Queen Mother by her husband before their wedding. The Queen Mother gifted Queen Elizabeth II the tiara on her 18th birthday, and it has since been worn by Princess Margaret (left) and Kate Middleton — who famously wore it during her wedding to Prince William. It is said to feature “739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds.”
5. The Oriental Circlet
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819 – 1861) had this delicate tiara made for his beloved Queen Victoria. It was a favorite of the Queen Mother who passed it on to her daughter Queen Elizabeth II.
6. The Brazilian Parure
Brazil’s gift for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was aquamarine jewelry for her coronation which were incorporated into a crown which was coupled with matching pieces as the Queen was given similar jewels over the years.
7. The Queen Mary Fringe Tiara
This piece was made in 1919 for Queen Mary, but it’s probably most famous for being worn by both Queen Elizabeth and her daughter Princess Anne on their wedding days.
8. The Grand Duchess Of Vladimir Tiara
This tiara was purchased by Queen Mary from the Russian Grand Duchess of Vladimir. She passed it on to her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II.
9. Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara
The Ladies of Society presented this stunning piece to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra for their 1888 wedding. It was eventually passed to Queen Elizabeth II.
10. The Cambridge Lover’s Knot
Most commonly associated with Princess Diana, this diadem was made for Queen Mary in the early 1900s before it was passed to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. She would give it to Princess Diana as a wedding gift, and in recent times Kate Middleton has been seen wearing it.
11. The Lotus Flower
Kate Middleton has also worn the so-called Lotus Flower on several occasions which was originally made for the Queen Mothe from a necklace her husband gave her. The piece was also frequently worn by Queen Elizabeth II’s sister Princess Margaret and was loaned to her daughter-in-law Serena Stanhope for her wedding day.
12. The Greville Tiara
This tiara belonged to Dame Margaret Helen Greville, who gave it to The Queen Mother. It was given to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall following her marriage to Prince Charles, and she has been seen wearing it occasionally since.
13. The Delhi Durbar Tiara
This diadem was made for Queen Mary in 1911 but has since been altered. It was passed on to Queen Elizabeth II, who eventually loaned it to the Duchess of Cornwall.
14. The Meander
This tiara was originally given to Queen Elizabeth II as a gift from her mother-in-law. Elizabeth then gave it to her daughter Princess Anne, who gave it to her daughter Zara Phillips for her wedding day.
15. The Spencer Family Tiara
Perhaps the piece most frequently worn by Princess Diana, it was passed on to her by her family. tiaras came straight from her family. In addition to Lady Di’s wedding to Prince Charles, the tiara was also worn by both her sisters on their wedding days (peep Lady Sarah Spencer on the left), as well as by her sister-in-law Victoria Lockwood (right).
16. The Poltimore
This tiara was made in the 1870s and was acquired by The Queen Mother for her daughter Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth II’s sister) to wear on her wedding day. In 2006, it was sold at an auction for £926,400.
17. The George VI Sapphire Tiara
Queen Elizabeth’s father gave her sapphire jewels (originally purchased by George VI ) as a wedding gift in 1947, and she had a matching tiara made in the 60s. Because clearly she simply didn’t have enough tiaras and needed another, don’t question it.