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Opinion: Top 10 best tiaras

Europe Editor, Brittani Barger gives her opinion on the top ten tiaras across the globe:

10: Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Wedding Tiara

I just love the simplicity of this piece, which fits so well with Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s personality. She wore it during her 2001 wedding, and it fit in seamlessly with Mette-Marit’s simple dress and little makeup. The bandeau, made in 1910, is made up of diamond daisies and was given to the Crown Princess by the King and Queen of Norway.

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / The Royal Court

9: Monaco’s Ocean Demi-Parure Tiara 

Created for Princess Charlene of Monaco after her engagement to Prince Albert II of Monaco, the tiara (which can also be worn as a necklace) plays on Charlene’s love of water and long swimming career with its wave-like look to the diamond design. I think the uniqueness and the play on her swimming career are what makes it so appealing. It is such a shame we have not seen it being worn more often!

8: The Swedish Connaught Tiara

I love how regal this tiara looks. There are some tiaras that only look good on certain people, but the Connaught Tiara is one that looks good on every woman who wears it! The diamond loops with a diamond pendant dangling from each one make for one gorgeous headpiece!

7: The Spanish Floral Tiara

I really love anything with a floral theme, and this tiara is no exception. It is so beautiful, and one of Queen Letizia of Spain’s favourites – so we get to see it out and about often! It’s a tiara that I think only Letizia can do it justice with its classical style.

6: Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

A favourite of many, I’ve put Her Majesty The Queen’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara in sixth place. Originally given to the future Queen Mary as a wedding gift, it has been slightly altered to its current form worn by The Queen. It’s actually my favourite tiara that Her Majesty has worn. The tiara isn’t too big and isn’t too small. It’s the perfect size for The Queen with so much sparkle that screams royalty.

5: Princess Lalla Salma’s Wedding Tiara

The parure doesn’t have a specific name, but it was commissioned for and given to Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco on her wedding day as part of a set that included a necklace, bracelet, earrings, belt and fibulae. I really like how unique it is with its pink and white diamonds in a chain design of hexagons. It has only been seen in public once, during the abdication dinner of then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2013.

By Paul03 – CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

4: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

The tiara has been altered over the years with the most recent alteration coming from Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the changes she made, but I think they made the tiara look better. I love the way the “leaves and berries” of the design are now more intertwined, as opposed to being more spread out in previous versions. I think it really suits Mary very well.

More on the tiara can be read here.

3: Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara

The Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara (commonly incorrectly called the Cambridge Lover’s Knot) was famously worn by Diana, Princess of Wales and has recently been seen on the Duchess of Cambridge at formal events. I was one who always admired Diana, and I cannot associate this tiara with anyone else in my mind. It looks gorgeous on anyone who wears it, but the tiara seemed to really stand out on the late Princess. I love the mix of diamonds and pearls that Garrard put in place when making it in 1913 as a copy of the real Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara.

2: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

This is the most flattering tiara in the Dutch collection on Queen Máxima, in my opinion. It first came to my attention during the inauguration of Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands in 2013. It just screams “Queen” when worn, and Máxima pulled it off so well.

© RVD – Erwin Olaf

1: The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik

I absolutely adore this tiara. I think aquamarine stones are so beautiful, and this tiara is so eye-catching. For those royal ladies with blue eyes, I think it really makes their eyes pop. Princess Madeleine has worn it a couple of times (the ?? Nobel Banquet and Min Stora Dag’s fairytale tea party at Stockholm Palace). Her entire ensemble is one of my favourites of all time, and I hope we get to see more of her in it in the future.

HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

What are your thoughts? Which tiaras would you put in your top ten? 

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