6 Times Princess Diana Stunned in the Spencer Tiara

The British royal family has access to some jaw-dropping pieces of jewelry. Queen Elizabeth II’s crown worth millions of dollars is just one piece in a much larger collection. Upon marrying Prince Charles, Princess Diana could essentially take her pick. But many times she opted to wear the Spencer Tiara instead of borrowing one from the queen. Keep reading to check out some of Diana’s most stunning moments in the Spencer Tiara.

The Spencer Tiara is a family heirloom

Princess Diana wearing the Spencer Tiara
Princess Diana wearing the Spencer Tiara | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

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What’s the story behind the Spencer Tiara? Diana’s grandmother, Lady Cynthia Hamilton, received it as a wedding gift when she married the 7th Earl Spencer in 1919.

Created out of other diamond pieces, the Spencer Tiara features tulips, scrolls, and stars. There’s no official price tag on the dazzling piece. However, it’s considered to be among the most valuable royal tiaras.

Princess Diana wore it on her wedding day …

Before Diana’s royal wedding, people couldn’t help but wonder what tiara she’d select to wear down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Instead of wearing one on loan from the queen, Diana chose something a little closer to home. 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles wave while riding in a carriage during their royal wedding
Princess Diana and Prince Charles at their royal wedding | Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

When she wed Chares on July 29, 1981, Diana did so wearing the Spencer Tiara. It accented her gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their royal wedding
Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The detailed gown, made of 10,000 pearls and sequins, plus Diana’s incredible 25-foot train and the Spencer Tiara made for an iconic look.

After her instantly iconic royal wedding outfit, Diana stunned in the Spencer Tiara many times. In her years as a royal, Diana attended many functions that meant wearing dazzling tiaras. Although tiaras are sometimes painful to wear, that doesn’t keep royal women from wearing them. 

… And on many other occasions  

The opening of Parliament, a ceremonial occasion that requires royals to go all out, Diana didn’t disappoint. She wore the Spencer Tiara as she arrived with her mother-in-law, the queen. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana attend the opening of Parliament in a carriage
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana attend the opening of Parliament | Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

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During an official royal tour of Australia, Diana pulled out all the stops. Wearing the Spencer Tiara and a matching necklace and earrings, she looked every bit a princess.

Princess Diana wears the Spencer Tiara in Australia
Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

In 1987, Diana attended a banquet in Munich, Germany. She stunned in blue gown which she accented with earrings and, of course, the Spencer Tiara. 

Princess Diana wears the Spencer Tiara during an event in Munich, Germany
Princess Diana in Germany | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

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The start of a new decade didn’t slow down the Spencer Tiara’s appearances on Diana’s head. She wore it to a banquet during an Italian state visit in 1990.

And yet again a few years later attending a dinner at The Dorchester hotel.

Princess Diana smiles as she arrives at The Dorchester hotel wearing the Spencer Tiara
Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

These are just a few of the times Diana stepped out wearing the Spencer Tiara. 

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