Princess Beatrice’s attendance at the Jordanian royal wedding laid to rest rumours that a popular tiara had been sold.
The 34-year-old princess wore her mother’s York Diamond Tiara to the evening reception of Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa in Annam on Thursday. The last time it had been seen in public was on Sarah, Duchess of York’s head in 2001 for a ball hosted by Sir Elton John.
The York Diamond Tiara was purchased at Garrard by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh as a wedding present for Sarah Ferguson upon her wedding in July 1986.
When Sarah arrived at Westminster Abbey for the wedding ceremony, she wore a floral crown of gardenias for her last moments as a regular citizen. As the new Duchess of York departed the Abbey with her husband, a sparkling diamond tiara was revealed underneath the flowers.Embed from Getty Images
The York Diamond Tiara is a diamond scroll and diamond collet-designed headpiece mounted on platinum. The tiara was part of a demi-parure purchased for Sarah by the late Queen and included a necklace, earrings and bracelet.
Sarah wore the tiara frequently throughout her marriage to state events; after her separation and divorce from the Duke of York in the mid-‘90s, she retained ownership of the tiara.
The last time she was spotted wearing the York Diamond Tiara in public was in 2001 at a ball hosted by Sir Elton John. Given her financial troubles over the past two decades, there was speculation that perhaps the tiara had been sold.
When Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in 2018, she wore a stunning emerald kokoshnik tiara on loan from The Queen, and when Princess Beatrice married in 2020, she wore the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara (which was also worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding in 1947).