A tiara is a type of delicate crown which is usually worn by noble ladies at special events. Although one does not need to have royal blood in order to wear such a head piece, we must all agree on the fact that a tiara can make any woman feel like a princess. The most infamous tiara collection is probably the one belonging to Queen Elizabeth II. Many of these royal tiaras are family heirlooms and they have been worn by various British Queens. In this article we will cover three of the gorgeous tiaras from the Queen’s private collection.
Delhi Durbar Tiara
Size wise, this is the biggest of all Windsor royal tiaras. This adornment was commissioned in 1910 by George V as a head piece for his queen Mary to wear at the Delhi Durbar, an event which celebrated George V as king and emperor. The Delhi Durbar Tiara was made of the remnants of an older tiara and a few other jewels. The piece was set in platinum and gold with numerous curved shapes. It is a complete circle which is wrapped around the head. Queen Mary gave this particular tiara to her daughter in law, Elizabeth II, the future Queen. Elizabeth only wore this tiara once during her tour of South Africa in 1947 and in 2005 she loaned it to her daughter in law, the Duchess of Cornwall. So far, the Duchess has also only worn the tiara once. It is still a mystery why the royal ladies refuse to wear this tiara.
Queen Mary Fringe Tiara
A fringe tiara is the foundation of any tiara collection. Although this design looks as if it could poke an eye, it is a classic model which never falls out of style. This particular tiara belonged to Queen Adelaide and it was made from one of her necklaces combined with some diamonds received from Kind George III. When the new tiara came in the possession of Queen Mary, it suffered some serious modifications. She transformed the old tiara into a fortress of 47 diamond bars divided by smaller spikes. The new tiara ended up in the hands of Queen Elizabeth in 1936.
The Vladimir Tiara
This gorgeous tiara features 15 intertwined diamond circles hung with articulating pendant pearls. The initial owner of this particular tiara was a fierce woman. The Grand Duchess Vladimir. After the murder of her nephew, Tsar Nicholas II, and after many fights with the Tsar’s wife, Alexandra, Grand Duchess Vladimir left the Russian court. She left this tiara in the Vladimir Palace vault where it stayed until it was smuggled by a member of the British Secret Intelligence Service, along with the rest of her jewelries. She later passed on the head piece to Princess Nicholas of Greece who sold it in 1921 to Queen Mary and was later inherited by Queen Elizabeth. However, before it became part of Queen Elizabeth’s collection of royal tiaras, the Vladimir tiara suffered some modifications at the request of Queen Mary. She replaced the hanging pearls with the Cambridge cabochon emeralds. Queen Elizabeth has worn the tiara on numerous occasions and she sometimes switched the pearls and the emeralds. However, every time she wore the emerald tiara, she matched a gorgeous emerald necklace to it.