Princess Anne wore £5million diamond tiara with subtle nod to Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Mary tiara ‘snapped on Queen’s wedding day’ says expert

Princess Anne has worn a number of eye-catching jewels over the years. Like many royal brides, she borrowed a diamond tiara from the royal collection for the big day.

Princess Anne was married to Mark Phillips from 1973 until 1992 and the couple have two children together.

She has been married to Timothy Laurence since 1992 and the couple wed at a small ceremony at Crathie Kirk church in Scotland.

Her first wedding, however, was a much more grand affair which took place at Westminster Abbey.

The Princess Royal walked down the aisle wearing a classic Tudor-style gown with a tiara borrowed from her grandmother.

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Before the tiara was part of Princess Anne’s wedding ensemble, it had been in the Royal Family for many years.

The jewel was originally created in 1919 and was worn by Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day in 1947, president of world-leading buyer of pre-owned jewellery Circas Richard Tille explained.

He told “Garrard created the Queen Mary Fringe tiara in 1919. The famous jeweller had been asked to dismantle her necklace, the wedding present given to her (then Princess Mary) by Queen Victoria in 1893.  

“This style of diamond fringe tiara had become fashionable during the Romanov imperial court, and later had become popular in the collections owned by the House of Windsor. 

“Queen Mary in turn gave the tiara to her daughter-in-law Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1936.  

“She lent it to her daughter Princess Elizabeth (the current Queen) as ‘something borrowed’ at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.”

The iconic headpiece featured in the depiction of the Queen’s wedding in the show, The Crown.

After the monarch’s wedding, the jewel was rarely seen in public as it stayed as part of the Queen mother’s collection.

However, Princess Anne did wear it when she married her first husband, Mark Phillips.

“The Queen Mother also lent it to her granddaughter, Princess Anne, for her marriage to captain Mark Phillips in 1973,” Richard continued.

“It was put into an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum with other royal tiaras in 2001.

“Queen Elizabeth II didn’t wear her wedding tiara regularly as it remained in her mother’s jewel collection until she died in 2002.”

The diadem has now been worn by the Queen on various occasions and it was loaned to Princess Beatrice for her wedding in 2020.

Some valuations of the jewel put it at as much as £5million, although Richard explained it is priceless.

He added: “The Queen now wears it often. While many might say this piece is priceless, some royal pieces do come up for sale now and then.

“When they do, royal provenance can multiply the value many times.”

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