Delhi Durbar tiara: Expert discusses Camilla's jewels
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Queen Elizabeth II appeared to favour a small selection of tiaras for royal outings, and her most beloved was thought to be the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland and the Grand Duchess Vladimir diadems. Following the Queen’s death, Queen Consort Camilla and Kate, the new Princess of Wales, will have to decide which royal jewels they will wear as they represent the monarchy going forward. Here are three jewels the modern royals have never or barely worn in recent decades.
The Delhi Durbar Tiara
The Delhi Durbar Tiara was created on the instruction of the late Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary, the Royal Family’s resident jewellery expert who commissioned several iconic diadems beloved by Kate, Princess of Wales and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
This grand tiara was made especially for Mary’s trip to India in 1911 as the Crown Jewels could not be taken out of the country.
The Delhi Durbar Tiara is one of the tallest tiaras the Royal Family owns and its magnificent structure likely appealed to Camilla as a known lover of dramatic headwear.
Nevertheless, the Queen Consort has only publicly donned the Delhi Durbar Tiara once, for the Norwegian royal family’s state visit to the UK in 2005.
Now Camilla is Queen Consort she will likely have to attend more state engagements, and it may be that the Delhi Durbar Tiara makes more outings during King Charles’ reign.
The Strathmore Rose Tiara
The Strathmore Rose Tiara hasn’t been worn by a royal publicly for decades, but it is certainly a valuable jewel.
Jeremy Hinds, Sales Director of jewellery experts F. Hinds, said: “While there has never been an official figure announced, the Strathmore Rose Tiara is estimated to be worth in the region of £500,000.”
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With its floral elements and low-on-the-forehead style, the Strathmore Rose Tiara is one of the most whimsical designs in the royal vault.
“The Strathmore Rose Tiara has a striking design, featuring silver and gold rose ‘prongs’ set with rose-cut diamonds,” the expert added.
“The flower prongs are removable, meaning they could also be worn as brooches or swapped for five collet-set sapphires.”
The Strathmore Rose Tiara was not a favourite of the late Queen, but it was hugely popular with Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in her younger years.
The diadem hasn’t been seen since it was displayed at the V&A in 2002, but it could find favour with Camilla now she is Queen Consort or with the Princess of Wales.
Queen Camilla tends to wear several royal jewels connected to the late Queen Mother including her diamond ring and the Greville Tiara.
The Oriental Circlet Tiara
Another tiara the Queen Mother adored that hasn’t courted favour with modern royals is the Oriental Circlet Tiara.
The Oriental Circlet Tiara is a Victorian-era diadem and the late Queen Elizabeth II only publicly wore it on one occasion in Malta in 2005.
Mr Hinds said: “It was created in 1853 by Garrard for Queen Victoria.
“Designed by her husband Prince Albert, it was inspired by the Indian jewels presented to Queen Victoria by the East India Company at The Great Exhibition.
“Queen Victoria had to make amends to the tiara after some of the jewels were claimed by her cousin, the King of Hanover in 1858.
“Queen Victoria reused several existing jewels from the royal collection and had to buy new diamonds to replace those taken from the Oriental Circlet Tiara.”
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