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Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding Tiara: The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik

Well, we didn’t see that one coming. After months of speculation that Princess Eugenie would wear the York Tiara for her wedding, the bride surprised us all and what a surprise it was. Eugenie wore emeralds for her wedding.

The Princess borrowed a tiara from The Queen and one that hasn’t been seen in many years. Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara for her marriage to Jack Brooksbank, and it has plenty of very special family links.

The tiara was made in 1921 by the jeweller Boucheron for the very wealthy Margaret Greville who already had one of the most impressive collections of gems in London. It was constructed in the popular kokoshnik style, imitating the traditional Russian headdress. The tiara features a central emerald of over 90 carats set amongst brilliant and rose cut diamonds pave all set in platinum. The diamonds are interspersed with smaller emeralds on either side of the star gem.

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Princess Eugenie is also wearing a pair of diamond and emerald earrings as part of her bridal outfit. The gems were a gift from her groom, Jack Brooksbank.

The emerald and diamond tiara came into the Royal Family’s collection on the death of Margaret Greville in 1942. She left her sizeable selection of jewels to Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in what became known as the Greville Bequest. Among the other gems to make its way into the Windsor vaults at the same time is an all diamond diadem now usually worn by the Duchess of Cornwall. When the Queen Mother died in 2002, the jewels were left to The Queen.

This isn’t the first royal wedding tiara surprise of 2018. Back in May, the Duchess of Sussex chose another previously forgotten tiara, the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, as part of her bridal outfit.

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