(from left): The Duchess of Teck Diamond Tiara, the Strathmore Rose and the Delhi Durbar

Wow, I wish I had this problem……

With the upcoming royal nuptials on the 29th of April 2011, Kate Middleton has the unenviable task (yer right) of deciding, among other things, which tiara to wear on her wedding day,! Oh how millions of females wish they had her problems! As with previous royal brides before her, Kate has a large selection from which she can choose, & let me tell you there are some real gems, pardon the pun, in the vault!

The Cambridge Lover’s Knot

Made in 1911 for Queen Mary from diamonds & pearls she had in her collection, it was a copy of one owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse. Queen Mary left it to her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth, in her will in 1953. The monarch wore it a few times in the Fifties.

The Queen gave the tiara to Princess Diana as a wedding present in 1981. Although the Diana didn’t wear it to her wedding, she debuted it during the Opening of Parliament that November.

The Strathmore Rose Tiara

This dainty floral design headpiece belonged to the Queen Mother. It was a wedding gift from her parents, who gave it to her after she married Prince Albert, later George VI, in 1926

The Teck Diamond Tiara

Set with diamonds in tiers holding aloft the sheaves of wheat made in gold and silver, this tiara belonged to the Duchess of Teck – the Queen’s great-grandmother – pictured in 1866.

The Spencer Tiara

It’s very doubtful Kate would get to wear the Spencer Tiara – which belongs to Diana’s family and was the headpiece she chose to wear on her wedding day.

But there’s a possibility she might wear the sapphire and diamond necklace which was given to the Princess as wedding gift from the Saudi crown prince.

Diana wore both during an official tour of Australia in 1983 (pictured)

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

This diamond and pearl piece was given to the Queen as a wedding present from her grandmother Queen Mary. It had been purchased for her as a wedding present in 1893.

Wedding tiara of Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The pretty tiara Sophie wore at her wedding to Prince Edward was a gift from the royal family. It is believed to have been made from jewels that came from a necklace belonging to Queen Victoria.

The Scroll Diamond Tiara

Princess Anne borrowed this elegant head ornament from the Queen for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970. (pictured) Princess Margaret was best known for wearing it, though she also borrowed it.

The Duchess of York’s wedding tiara

Rather than give her something from the royal collection, the royal family bought a tiara from Garrard, the royal jewellers, as a wedding present for the Duchess of York. Could the same be in store for Kate?

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These are just a sample of the tiaras Kate can choose from. It is rumored that the Queen has one of the largest collection of tiaras in her stash, …………I would love to see the size of her jewelry box!

For most of us, the closest we’ll ever get to wearing a tiara is when we buy those cheap plastic bargain bin versions. There is one consolation for us mere commoners, we don’t have to worry about insuring our plastic tiara!

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Author: Ursula Muswema

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