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The good luck gift turned into one of the most famous pieces of modern royal jewellery

The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Donald and Melania Trump

Queen Camilla gave a brand new chapters to one of the most famous tiaras in the Royal Family’s collection in 2023 when she wore it for the State Banquet in honour of the President of South Korea.

Her Majesty chose the very modern ruby tiara which was created in the late 20th century for Queen Elizabeth II.

It features rubies which were given to Her Late Majesty as a gift and which are said to bring good luck.

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Made by Garrad and Co., Queen Elizabeth II ordered the Burmese Ruby Tiara in 1973.

It is designed in the form of a wreath of roses with silver and diamonds making up the petals while clusters of gold and rubies form the centre of the flowers.

A total of 96 rubies are mounted on the tiara, with jewels coming from the private collection of Queen Elizabeth II.

The rubies were originally from a necklace that was gifted as a wedding present in 1947 by the people of Burma (now Myanmar.) The rubies are credited as having the ability to protect its owner from sickness and evil.

As for the diamonds on the tiara, they are a wedding present from the Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar, who had a vast jewellery collection of his own.

The tiara has only ever been worn by Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Camilla.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.