Weird History The Most Beautiful Tiaras Belonging To The British Royal Family  

Sarah Hatheway
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The royal family has no shortage of exquisite jewels. Due in part to the reach of the British Empire, monarchs have amassed caches of gemstones from around the world. Some are placed in ceremonial objects like the Crown Jewels; others are worked into more wearable accessories. Tiaras may not be daily adornments for the princesses and duchesses of the various noble houses of England, but few objects are more intimately associated with royalty.

From Princess Diana's family heirloom to a treasured piece worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, here are some of the royal family's most memorable - and beautiful - tiaras.

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The Oriental Circlet
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Queen Victoria's Oriental Circlet was designed by her beloved husband Albert in 1853; its name comes from its Eastern-inspired arches and lotus flowers. The piece was originally made with opals and diamonds, though some gems were later replaced after a branch of the royal family won the rights to them.

Victoria's daughter-in-law, Queen Alexandra, replaced the opals with rubies. The Queen Mother was particularly fond of this circlet.

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The Girls Of Great Britain And Ireland Tiara
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In 1893, in recognition of Princess Victoria Mary of Teck's marriage to the Duke of York, the princess was gifted a tiara comprising diamond, silver, and gold. The original design included pearls and could be worn as a smaller piece or necklace. It's recognizable as the tiara Queen Elizabeth wears on Britain's currency.

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The Halo Tiara
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The diamond Halo Tiara is a favorite of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - she wore it for her wedding to Prince William in 2011. Cartier crafted the piece in 1936; the future George VI bought it for his wife, Elizabeth. Then-Princess Elizabeth received the tiara as a gift on her 18th birthday.

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The Spencer Family Tiara
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Diana, Princess of Wales, wore the Spencer Family Tiara on her wedding day in 1981. It's assembled from other headpieces; the center comes from a tiara dating back to 1919, while the ends come from another family heirloom.

The current version, featuring tulips and stars crafted from diamonds, has not been worn in public since Diana's passing in 1997.

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