The Royal's Best Tiara: Poll Results
We rundown the top 15 Royal tiaras voted for by you! Take a look at our list below!
AUGUST 27th, 2020 (UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2020)
hey are dazzling jewels which capture the world’s attention, and throughout the decades, tiaras have adorned the regals heads of the Royal Family. But which is the best-loved tiara? Well, that’s the question we asked you, and we were taken aback by how many responded! Over 2200 people took part! So, what was the best-loved tiara? See the results below!
(To garner our results we asked two questions and added both totals from each answer to create an overall percentage for each choice. This means that the total number of votes was 4600. We also rounded up each vote to the nearest 10.)
15. The Delhi Durbar Tiara, (10 Votes - 0.08%)
The largest diadem in The Royal Family’s collection, the Delhi Durbar tiara belongs to the Duchess of Cornwall – although she has only ever worn it once in public. Made in 1911 for Queen Mary in honour of the Delhi Durbar – a huge celebration to mark the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India.
The last time the Duchess of Cornwall wore the tiara was in 2005 at a dinner for the Norwegian royal family. Its appearance caused somewhat of a scandal after many were shocked to see the Duchess gifted such a “queenly” tiara. However, the Queen used the tiara as her public way of showing support for Camilla becoming the consort to King Charles III.
Set in platinum and gold, the Delhi Durbar tiara has diamonds forming numerous ‘S’ scrolls, which are then overlapped by diamond festoons.
It has been fifteen years since the tiara was seen in public, so could Camilla pull out the spectacular jewel soon?
14. The Burmese Ruby Tiara, (20 Votes - 0.10%)
It is perhaps the Royal Family’s most controversial tiara, both for its design and meaning. Made in 1973 by Garrard, the tiara utilised the stones from the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara – a wedding gift to the Queen from the 7h Nizam of Hyderabad, an Indian monarch.
The controversy over the tiara stems from the Nizam tiara’s popularity. The stunning diadem was beloved by the public and manty felt the Queen’s changes destroyed perhaps her most beautiful tiara.
The new Burmese tiara contains 96 rubies, one to help protect the wearer from the 96 diseases that can afflict the body, as the people of Burma believe rubies help heal and protect.
Further controversy emerged as late as 2019, when the Queen welcomed President Donald Trump for a state visit to the UK. Many royal fans wondered whether her majesty was attempting to ‘shade’ the President by wearing a piece designed to ward off evil.
This couldn’t have been further from the truth as the Queen is vital to diplomacy with other countries and their leaders. Buckingham Palace further dismissed any suggestion of a ‘snub’.
13. Queens Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara, (60 Votes - 1.10%)
Recognised as the tiara worn by Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex as part of her marriage to Prince Harry, Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara was made in 1932. Originally designed to accompany the central flower brooch, Queen Mary wore the tiara for less formal events.
The tiara passed to Queen Elizabeth who has never been seen in it, and it remained sealed in the vaults until 2018 when Meghan Markle chose the piece for her wedding.
Formed of eleven flexible sections, paved with small diamonds, at the centre is a detachable brooch made of a further ten diamonds. Other brooches can be worn with the piece – something Queen Mary did often.
12. The Modern Sapphire Tiara, (70 Votes - 1.13%)
Also known as the George VI Sapphire Tiara; this piece was gifted to the Queen by her father as a wedding present. The tiara’s earliest inception came in 1858 when a version of the piece belonged to Princess Louise of Belgium.
Due to Louise’s scandalous affairs which left her estranged from her family, she was plunged into serious financial trouble. This led to the princess selling her jewels, including the Modern Sapphire Tiara.
The Queen added the tiara, alongside a bracelet, into the official royal collection in 1963 and it has since become her most significant jewels to be added in recent years.
11. Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, (70 Votes - 1.13%)
Worn by the Queen on her wedding day, Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara re-emerged into the spotlight earlier this year after Princess Beatrice chose the stunning jewel for her own wedding.
Made in 1919, the kokoshnik-style piece consists of 47 graduated brilliant and rose-set tapering bars. Each one is separated by 46 narrow spikes. Like many of Queen Mary’s pieces, the tiara can be removed from its frame and worn as a necklace.
As stated previously, the Queen wore the iconic tiara for her wedding day to Prince Phillip, though on the morning of her wedding, the tiara broke. Taken by police escort to Garrard jewellers, they realised that the frame had snapped, and immediate work was actioned to quickly fix the tiara.
Although upon first look, many wouldn’t be able to notice, upon further inspection on the Queen’s wedding photos you can see the tiara’s usual symmetrical design is slightly uneven at the centre.
Beatrice wasn’t the only princess to wear the tiara, the Princess Royal too used the piece as her ‘something borrowed’ for her wedding to Captain Mark Philips.
10. The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, (80 Votes - 1.29%)
Having sat in the royal vaults for 75 years, Princess Eugenie would capture the world’s attention by wearing the stunning Greville Emerald Kokshnik Tiara for her wedding day in 2018.
The piece was made by Boucheron in 1919 and had never been seen on any member of the Royal Family until Princess Eugenie. The choice was seen as unusual as usually only diamonds are worn for royal weddings, but the Queen believed that the emeralds would complement Eugenie’s auburn hair.
Although royal tiaras are rarely priced, jewellers do believe that the Kokoschnik piece would fetch an estimated £10 million at auction.
9. The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara, (80 Votes - 1.29%)
Whereas some tiaras stem from the long lines of monarchy and upper echelons of aristocracy, some have been commissioned by the Queen herself. The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara is one such piece.
Commissioned by the Queen in 1957, the tiara was created to match a necklace gifted to the monarch to celebrate her coronation by the people of Brazil. The tiara features an elaborate diamond and aquamarine bandeau base, with three aquamarine and diamond elements placed at intervals.
Throughout the years, the diadem has been altered, swapping the centre aquamarine for a larger stone. This is in part to Brazil generously offering more aquamarines to the Queen.
Her Majesty has worn tiara consistently throughout her reign and is has since become one of the tallest and imposing diadems in her collection.
Jeweller Leslie Fields believes that the tiara could be used more frequently, but only by one royal – the Duchess of Cambridge: “It is a jewel designed for a Queen and looks better when worn with dark hair. It if was up to me, Catherine is the only person who could pull it off today, and of course the Queen.”
8. The George IV State Diadem, (140 Votes - 2%)
It is arguably one of the most recognisable and regal diadems in the Queen’s collection and is worn every year by Her Majesty for the State Opening of Parliament.
The George IV State Diadem belonged to George IV (obviously), yet today is exclusively worn only by British Queens. Made in 1820, there are 1,333 diamonds set in the diadem, including an extremely rare pale-yellow stone in the centre of one of the crosses.
The design of the piece represents the four kingdoms of Great Britain, and features English roses, Scottish thistles and Irish shamrocks and the diadem itself is made from Welsh gold.
The Queen famously wore the diadem for her own coronation in 1953 and it has similarly been worn by almost every Queen Regent or Consort since Queen Victoria. This means that the Duchess of Cornwall as well as the Duchess of Cambridge will inherit the diadem on the moment, they are coronated alongside their husbands.
7. The Lotus Flower Tiara, (200 Votes - 4%)
Not much was known about the Lotus Flower Tiara until the Duchess of Cambridge chose the piece to wear at the 2013 diplomatic reception. Although worn occasionally by other royals, including the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, the tiara captured headlines again as Catherine partnered the piece with a stunning red gown in 2015 for the Chinese State Banquet.
The tiara is believed to belong to the Duchess of Cambridge’s personal loan collection, alongside the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, although hasn’t been seen in public since 2015.
Commissioned in 1923 by the Queen Mother, the tiara was created from a Grecian necklace gifted by George VI, and its name ‘Lotus’ derives from the lotus flower elements which dominate the piece.
6. The Strathmore Rose Tiara, (280 Votes - 5%)
As one of the Royal Family’s most personal tiaras, the Strathmore Rose Tiara was gifted to the Queen Mother whilst she wasn’t yet destined to be queen. Her parents decided that a newly crowned Duchess deserved a new tiara and therefore gifted this stunning piece.
The current whereabouts of the tiara are unknown, with the piece last being seen in 2002. Some believe that it may have fallen into disrepair, yet more knowledgeable sources claim that it was mainly due to the Queen Mother’s evolving taste.
More so, in 2011, the Strathmore Rose Tiara was discussed as a potential wedding tiara for the Duchess of Cambridge, with many claiming that it is earmarked for future appearances with Catherine.
5. The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, (310 Votes - 6%)
Noted as the one of Queens favourite tiaras, the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is perhaps one of the royal’s most spectacular jewels and has since become one of the most iconic diadems in the world.
With its origins stemming from the Romanov imperial court, the tiara eventually passed to Queen Mary who purchased the diadem damaged. Ordering Garrard to make much-needed repairs, she asked for the Cambridge emeralds to be incorporated into the new design.
The tiara can be restyled depending on the mood of the wearer. The Queen has occasionally swapped the emeralds for pearls and vice-versa. Perhaps one of the most iconic moments the tiara appeared was in 2014, when the Queen visited Ireland and paid tribute to the emerald isle.
The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is a truly rare gem due to the number of people who have worn it – three, Grand Duchess Vladmir, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II. It has survived for more than a century, though revolution and redesign, and will continue to impress royal watchers for centuries to come.
4. The Cartier Halo Tiara, (550 Votes - 10%)
Arguably regarded as one of the world’s most recognisable tiaras, the Cartier Halo Tiara was famously worn by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 as she married Prince William.
Made in 1936, the diadem was purchased as a gift for his wife by the Duke of York three weeks before he became King. The Queen Mother eventually passed it onto her daughter, Princess Margaret as an 18th birthday present in 1944.
Although the Queen has never worn it publicly, she is believed to have chosen the diadem for the Duchess of Cambridge as she felt it perfectly fit her wedding dress style, and also highlighted Catherine’s transition from a non-royal to a future Queen-in-waiting, mirrored by the tiara’s only humble beginnings.
The tiara is formed by a band of 16 graduated scrolls, set with 739 brilliant and 149 baton diamonds.
3. The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, (580 Votes - 11%)
In what is perhaps one of the world’s most recognisable and iconic royal tiaras in history, the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara is in fact known officially by another name – the Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot. The topper is, in fact, a replica of an earlier tiara and acquired the “Cambridge” name due to its similarity.
Made famous by Princess Diana, who also stated it was her favourite tiara, the piece was originally created in 1914 by the House of Garrard from pearls and diamonds already owned by the Royal Family.
Queen Mary modelled the piece after her grandmother’s headpiece – the original Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, which is currently being held in an unknown private collection.
Throughout the years the tiara has been passed down through generations of royals and currently is on permanent loan to the Duchess of Cambridge. Catherine decided to wear the tiara in 2015 to much fanfare, as it hadn’t been seen publicly since 1997, when it was put on display after the death of Princess Diana.
The diadem has since become one Catherine’s favourite tiaras and she has worn it numerous times at State Banquets and royal receptions.
2. Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara, (940 Votes - 16%)
Made up of an eye-watering 488 diamonds, Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara was first presented to Queen Alexandra – for whom it is named after – in 1888 by the Ladies of Society in honour of her 25th wedding anniversary.
After Alexandra’s death in 1925, Queen Mary inherited the stunning piece and it became one of her favourites. Our current Queen received the tiara in 1953 and has consistently worn it throughout her reign.
Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara has 61 graduated bars containing 488 diamonds, making it one of the most expensive diadems in the world.
1. The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara, (1240 Votes - 21%)
For many, it is regarded as the greatest tiara ever made and fittingly it is known as the Queen’s favourite. The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara was originally gifted to Princess Mary of Teck (the Queen’s grandmother). The tiara was marred with tragedy however as Mary was initially set to wed the future king, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale.
After his sudden death to influenza only a few weeks after the engagement, Mary was eventually betrothed to his brother, Prince George, Duke of York. Amongst the hoard of gifts was the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara.
Our current Queen was gifted the tiara on her wedding day by her grandmother and in recognition of the gift, she still refers to the diadem as “Granny’s Tiara”.
So beloved is the tiara that it has become one of the only diadems the Queen regularly wears, and although it has become her signature piece, rumours have circled that the Queen could lend the tiara to either the Duchess of Cambridge or Duchess of Cornwall in future State Receptions.
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