The Most Valuable Royal Family Tiaras, Including the 1 We Think Meghan Markle Will Wear on Her Wedding Day
What’s a royal wedding without a tiara?
When Meghan Markle says “I do” to her prince later this month, she’ll probably don a tiara just like so many regal brides who came before her. After all, only married women in the British royal family are allowed to wear tiaras.
But it’s not like they’re just recycling the same tired hair jewelry over and over again. In fact, the royal family owns a slew of shockingly expensive tiaras. Ahead, check out the most valuable tiaras the royal family owns, including the one Meghan Markle will probably wear on her wedding day (page 7).
1. Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara
This tiara is made from a mishmash of 47 diamond bars that were dismantled from a necklace and set in gold and silver with diamond spikes in between. This stunner was given as a gift from Queen Victoria to Queen Mary, and it was worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her wedding to Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947. It was also Princess Anne’s “something borrowed” on her wedding day.
It’s unknown how much this one-of-kind piece is worth, but with a variety of diamonds in varying sizes and a majestic history, it’s safe to say it would fetch many tens of thousands in an auction.
Next: This tiara is worth seven figures.
2. Poltimore Tiara
While most tiaras are passed down through generations, the one Princess Margaret wore on her wedding day in 1960 was purchased shortly before the big day. This sparkling hair accessory features diamond clusters and scroll motifs set in silver and gold.
You could say the Poltimore Tiara appreciated in value considerably after she wore it. While it was originally auctioned for £5,500 (about $7,570), it resold in 2006 for £926,400 (around $1,275,154).
Next: Princess Diana wore this one on her wedding day.
3. Spencer Tiara
On that famous day when Princess Diana wed Prince Charles in 1981, she didn’t select a vintage tiara from the royal collection. Instead, Diana chose a tiara that belonged to her family that was also worn by her mother and sisters. It was a wedding present to Lady Cynthia Hamilton (Diana’s grandmother) for her wedding to the 7th Earl Spencer in 1919.
The Spencer Tiara has diamond encrusted shapes of tulips, scrolls, and stars. Like some royal tiaras, it was fashioned from other diamond jewelry. While there’s no official value for the piece, a similar tiara from the Spencer family with 800 cut diamonds and 48 carats sold for $225,000. It’s easy to imagine anything Princess Diana wore fetching double or triple that much at auction.
Next: The tiara Kate Middleton chose is super sparkly.
4. Queen Mother’s Cartier Halo Tiara
Is it any surprise that Kate Middleton chose a real stunner to wear on her wedding day?
King George VI commissioned Cartier London to create this simple yet breathtaking tiara for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Queen Elizabeth received it as a gift on her 18th birthday, and Kate Middleton borrowed it on her big day in 2011.
It’s unclear how much this tiara is worth, but one thing is undeniable: It’s a lot. It features 149 baguette-cut diamonds and 739 brilliant-cut diamonds on the base. Considering that a 3-carat diamond solitaire platinum ring from Cartier costs a cool $160,000, the value of the Cartier Halo Tiara is surely astronomical.
Next: Princess Diana’s favorite tiara was most recently worn by Kate Middleton in 2015.
5. Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara
Even though she didn’t wear it on her wedding day, this tiara was said to be one of Princess Diana’s favorites.
This piece was originally created for Queen Mary in 1914 and features 38 teardrop pearls and jewels sourced from the royal collection. Diana wore it to several royal events before she was forced to return it after she and Prince Charles divorced. It wasn’t seen again until 2015 when Kate Middleton wore it to a reception at Buckingham Palace.
It originally sold at auction in May 1981 for $747,000 in today’s dollars.
Next: This tiara hasn’t been seen in public for years.
6. Strathmore Rose Tiara
This floral-themed tiara was a gift to Lady Elizabeth from her father, the Earl of Strathmore. She wore it on her wedding day in 1923. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother passed it down to Elizabeth II, and while she hasn’t worn it publicly since assuming the throne, it still remains in her collection.
The tiara features pave-set diamond roses mounted in silver and gold. Some claim the tiara is never worn simply because it’s too old and fragile for use, but it’s certainly possible that the Strathmore Rose will reappear one day soon.
Next: What will Meghan Markle wear?
7. Meghan Markle’s mystery tiara
Despite a frenzy of speculation, only a select few people know which tiara Meghan Markle plans to wear when she weds Prince Harry. So many details of the wedding have broken tradition and it’s possible that wearing a vintage tiara will be one of them.
She could choose one that’s been worn during royal weddings of the past, or she may have one custom-designed just for her. Since the Cambridge Lover’s Knot was Diana’s favorite tiara, most people predict that she’ll choose that one as a tribute.
The world will know the answer soon. One thing’s for sure — she’ll certainly look amazing!
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