If we were queen for the day, one thing we would definitely do is raid the Crown Jewels and plonk a massive great tiara on our heads pronto. It’s one of the biggest benefits of being a royal, right?
Not only are royal tiaras glittering and beautiful, they are also rich in a fascinating history, having been passed down through generations and worn for numerous special occasions. But of all the gorgeous tiaras in royal history, which is the most popular?
According to data analysed by creative resource Design Bundles, the most popular tiara belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The Spencer Tiara is a family heirloom, passed to Diana via her father’s family, and worn on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981. Diana wore the diamond, floral diadem atop a 153-yard tulle veil, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
Normally, royal brides tend to borrow from the Queen’s exquisite collection of headpieces, but Diana chose to wear the tiara, which had been in her family for half a century, having been made in the 1930s by the House of Garrard. Online, the Spencer Tiara gets 66,000 searches a year, making it the most searched for British tiara.
The royal wedding is certainly not the only major outing the Spencer Tiara has had either, Diana’s elder sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, also wore the tiara on their wedding days, as did her brother Earl Spencer’s first wife, Victoria Lockwood. It was most recently worn by Diana’s niece, Lady Celia McCorquodale, for her wedding to George Woodhouse in June 2018.
The Duchess of Cambridge also gets a look-in when it comes to popular tiaras – she owns the Cambridge Lovers’ Knot Tiara (above), which is searched for on average 40,320 times a year. It was originally created for Queen Mary in 1914 by the House of Garrard from pearls and diamonds already owned by her family, and has previously been worn by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana (below).
Rounding out the top five are the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara, reportedly a favourite of the Queen, (20,800 searches), the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, worn by Princess Eugenie on her wedding day in 2018, (20,800 searches) and the The Lotus Flower Tiara, another frequently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge (12,960 searches).