Royal Jewellery: The Beautiful Pieces Worn By The Queen, The Duchess Of Cambridge And Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle wedding tiara - royal jewellery

by Natalie Hammond |

The Queen’s jewellery collection is the stuff of legend – an Aladdin’s Cave of sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds that we get to admire from afar at various public appearances and state visits. Many pieces are family heirlooms, passed down from the Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary, and the Queen Mother, that have been pieced together and taken apart over several generations as the crown changes hands. A case in point is a diamond tiara - the so-called Queen Mary Russian Fringe Tiara - that the Queen, Meghan Markle and most recently Princess Beatrice all wore on their wedding days. Keep scrolling to see some of the most majestic jewels - and the royal family members who have been lucky enough to wear them.

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The Queen Mary Russian Fringe tiara
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For her wedding day on 20 November 1947, the Queen wore her grandmother's Russian Fringe tiara.

The Queen Mary Russian Fringe Tiara
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She's worn it several times since and so too as Princess Anne, who, in what must have been a great moment of nostalgia for her mother, wore it on her wedding day to Mark Phillips in 1973.

Princess Beatrice
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As well as borrowing one of her grandmother's dresses for her nuptials, Princess Beatrice wore the very same diamond tiara that the Queen wore on her wedding day in November 1947.

Princess Dianau2019s Engagement Ring
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If rumours are to be believed, the royal family didn't approve of the engagement ring chosen by Princess Diana. According to Brides, she picked the ring, with its stunningly big sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, from the House of Garrard. The problem was that it also appeared in the jeweler's catalogue, which meant that anyone with enough money (£47,000 to be precise) could technically have bought it. The princess still cherished the ring, however, wearing it even after she divorced Prince Charles in 1996.

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Prince William inherited his mother's engagement ring - and it reappeared on the announcement of his engagement to Kate Middleton on 16 November 2010.

Meghan Markle made headlines in June 2019 when she altered her engagement ring, swapping gold for a diamond pave band. While the ring itself is new, commissioned by Prince Harry from Cleave & Company, who hold a royal warrant for the design, manufacture and supply of insignia, the twin stones sitting either side of the central diamond belonged to Princess Diana.
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Meghan Markle made headlines in June 2019 when she (shock horror!) altered her engagement ring, swapping gold for a diamond pavé band. While the ring itself is new, commissioned by Prince Harry from Cleave & Company, who hold a royal warrant for the design, manufacture and supply of insignia, the twin stones sitting either side of the central diamond belonged to Princess Diana.

The Four-Strand Pearl Choker
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The Queen is rarely seen in public without pearls, but this four-strand choker, strung from a diamond pendant that sits at the centre, is one of her finest. According to The Telegraph, the pearls themselves were gifted from the Japanese government, and it's subsequently been worn by both Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge. Queen Alexandra, Queen Victoria's daughter-in-law, actually started the trend for ornate chokers in Edwardian England. She wore them to cover a small scar and it's become something of a royal family signature.

The Four-Strand Pearl Choker
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Kate Middleton wore the pearl choker to celebrate the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's 70th wedding anniversary in November 2017.

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara
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For her wedding day on 12 October 2018, Princess Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara made by Boucheron, a piece, according to Vogue, that was actually gifted to the Queen Mother on the death of Dame Margaret Greville.

The Nizam Of Hyderabad Necklace
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This diamond necklace from Cartier was one of the Queen's wedding gifts, not from her betrothed but from the Nizam of Hyderabad.

The Nizam Of Hyderabad Necklace
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Kate Middleton, wearing a Jenny Packham ball gown with a criss-cross neckline that needed something seriously bedazzled, borrowed the necklace for a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

Queen Maryu2019s Emerald And Diamond Choker
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Princess Diana's fashion sense has become the stuff of legend, and it's not hard to see why when you look at how effortlessly she repurposed Queen Mary's emerald and diamond choker, looping it around her forehead for a visit to Melbourne, Australia, in 1985.

The Spencer Tiara
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She's also wearing the Queen Mary emerald and diamond choker here, but this time with the addition of the Spencer tiara, the heirloom that, according to The Court Jeweller, was worn by all three daughters (Jane, Sarah and Diana) on their wedding days. Princess Diana subsequently wore it on numerous occasions, and is pictured here at a banquet in Mayfair's Claridge's Hotel in 1988.

The Maple Leaf Brooch
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It's customary for the state visit wardrobe to reflect the country it's visiting (green in Ireland, tartan in Scotland etc), hence why several members of the royal family have pinned this maple leaf brooch on their lapels for visits to Canada. According to The Crown Chronicle, it belonged to the Queen Mother, who wore it on the 1930 tour to Canada and subsequently lent it to the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Maple Leaf Brooch
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Kate Middleton wore the maple leaf brooch for a visit to the the Calgary Zoo in 2011.

The Cartier Halo Tiara
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It's now associated with the money shot of Kate Middleton glancing over her left shoulder on 29 April 2011 (otherwise known as her wedding day), but doesn't the Queen's halo tiara from Cartier look rather spiffing on Princess Anne's bouffant circa 1970? The tiara was the Queen's 18th birthday present from her parents so holds a special place in the royal family's collection.

The Cartier Halo Tiara
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The tiara crowning Kate's half-up-half-down 'do for her wedding day in April 2011.

The Delhi Durbar Necklace
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This necklace, set with nine emeralds owned by Queen Mary's grandmother and an 8.8 carat Cullinan VII diamond, was part of a collection made for Queen Mary's appearance at the Delhi Durbar. According to the Royal Collection Trust, this was a ceremony marking King George V's succession as King Emperor of India in 1911.

The Delhi Durbar Necklace
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The Queen has worn the necklace on several occasions, often pairing it with the emerald and diamond Vladimir tiara or, as pictured here, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The Lover's Knot Tiara
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This hanging pearl and diamond tiara was crafted by the House of Garrard, the crown jeweller, more than 100 years ago. It became a favourite of Princess Diana's, who used it to crown a pearl-encrusted Catherine Walker outfit that came to be known as 'the Elvis look' in Hong Kong, but she returned it to the royal coffers after divorcing Prince Charles in the late Nineties.

The Lover's Knot Tiara
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The lover's knot tiara has since been worn by Kate Middleton, pictured here at a state banquet in June 2019.

The Queen Mary Bandeau Tiara
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Meghan Markle's only worn one tiara as the Duchess of Sussex, the understated bandeau-style that she chose on her wedding day. It complemented the clean lines of her Givenchy gown to perfection and belonged to the Queen's grandmother, Queen Mary.

The Girls Of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
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This tiara takes its name, according to The Court Jeweller, from the committee of women who gifted the diamond design, made by the House of Garrard in 1893, to Queen Mary when she married.

The Girls Of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
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The heirloom was subsequently passed down to the Queen, who, according to the Royal Collection Trust, can be seen wearing it on our currency, specifically the £20 note.

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