Princess Beatrice, 31, married in secret on Friday, with images of the wedding being released the following day. The gorgeous bride chose Queen Mary’s Fringe tiara to complete her wedding outfit – how does this compare to the tiaras Princess Eugenie, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton chose for their big days?
Princess Beatrice – Queen Mary’s Fringe, £5million
Beatrice is the third royal bride to wear this piece in recent history, after Princess Anne in 1973 and the Queen in 1947.
Famously, the tiara snapped when it was placed on the Queen’s head, and had to be quickly mended by a jeweller from Garrard before she could make her way to Westminster Abbey.
This quick restoration job can be seen in close up images from the day – there is a small space between the centre fringe and the large spike immediately to its right.
Speaking about the stunning Queen Mary’s Fringe, Alexandra Michell Gemmologist Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn told Express.co.uk: “With such rich history and attracting huge global interest, I would estimate this Tiara’s worth at £5 million.”
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Princess Eugenie – Greville Emerald Kokoshinik, £10million
Made by Boucheron in 1919, this diadem was, like a notable number of pieces in the Royal Family’s possession, originally owned by Dame Margaret Greville.
Mrs Greville, a close friend of Queen Mary & the Queen Mother, Elizabeth, left her jewellery collection to the latter on her death. When the Queen Mother died in 2002, it went to the Queen – but it’s delicate design really make it more suited to a Princess, so it was never worn by Her Majesty.
Indeed, the tiara wasn’t seen on any member of the Royal Family until Princess Eugenie chose it for her 2018 nuptials to Jack Brooksbank. It was an unusual choice for the bride, as previous royal weddings have seen diamond only tiaras – but it was the perfect complement to her auburn hair.
Speaking exclusively to express.co.uk about the piece, Alexandra Michell said: “With such strong historical provenance, from Mrs Greville to the Queen Mother, and now the Queen, an elegant jewel such as this would be estimated to fetch £5-10 million at auction.”
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Kate Middleton – Cartier Halo, £40million
Made in 1936, this pretty piece was bought by the Duke of York for his wife three weeks before he became King George VI, and she became Queen Elizabeth. It was either not to her taste, or did not fit with the life of a new Queen, and she was only photographed in it once before moving on to grander pieces.
She passed it on to her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, as an 18th birthday gift in 1944. However, the Queen has never worn it publicly. Her Majesty loaned it to her younger sister, Princess Margaret, and she wore it often in her youth.
The Queen then loaned it to her daughter, Princess Anne, and again Anne wore it throughout the 60s before moving on to other tiaras given to her in the 70s. It was then a few decades until it was seen again for its most famous outing – at the wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton in 2011.
Le Vian CEO Eddie Le Vian told Express.co.uk: “The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day to Prince William contains 739 brilliant cuts and 149 baton shaped diamonds. I estimate that in total this tiara has 100 carats of white diamonds and I would value it at $2million [equivalent to around £1.6million].
“If it ever came to auction, it would fetch much more than its inherent value due to its illustrious history. The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara would fetch well in excess of $30million [£24million] and possibly even up to $50million [around £40million].”
Meghan Markle – Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, £2million
Made in 1932 for Queen Mary, this tiara came in to existence thanks to the central flower brooch.
Mary had the piece made to accommodate the brooch, which was a wedding present she received from the County of Lincoln. The royal chose this diadem for less formal events such as gala performances, and wore it right up to her death in 1953.
It then passed to Queen Elizabeth – but she has never been seen in it. In fact, the tiara sat in the vaults until it made an appearance at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Deborah Papas, gemologist prestige pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s, Posh Pawn said: “It is hard to put a value on this little seen piece but could be worth up to £2million.”
How many tiaras are there in the royal collection?
There are dozens of priceless tiaras owned by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Many of the British aristocracy also own tiaras, wearing them at state banquets and on wedding days.
As well as tiaras currently in existence, there are a couple which have been dismantled to make other diadems. This includes The Surrey Fringe and The Nizam of Hyderabad.
Some tiaras have formed part of iconic moments in the history of the Royal Family. The Meander tiara, for instance, was admired around the world thanks to it being the choice of Zara Phillips for her wedding to Mike Tindall in 2011.
And it is the Lover’s Knot that is most often seen today, as it is a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge. It was closely associated with Diana, Princess of Wales during her marriage to Prince Charles, so holds special significance for Kate.