Queen Camilla celebrates her 76th birthday today, and when it comes to the royal ladies, tiaras have always been their signature. It's no surprise that these magnificent pieces of jewelry are among the most expensive in the world. Although Queen Camilla did not wear a tiara at her wedding to King Charles in 2005, she did don one when she married her first husband.
Back in 1973, the senior royal tied the knot with Andrew Parker Bowles. Their wedding ceremony took place in the Roman Catholic tradition, followed by a reception at St. James's Palace. On this special day, Queen Camilla graced the occasion wearing a stunning white gown with a pie crust collar, long sleeves, and a ruffled hem. Accompanying her attire was an exquisite tiara that held significant meaning.
In honor of Queen Camilla's birthday, esteemed diamond experts from UK retailer Steven Stone have shared intriguing details about this remarkable tiara. From its origins to its invaluable price tag, here's everything you need to know about this captivating piece.
Maxwell Stone, Diamond Expert, said: “Queen Camilla didn’t wear a tiara to her wedding to King Charles, presumably because it wasn’t her first marriage. It is believed to be against royal protocol to wear a tiara if the wedding isn’t your first – a belief that Princess Anne supported when she didn’t wear one at her second wedding to Sir Timothy Laurence.
Though the senior royal has had her fair share of tiara moments and one of our favorites is the Cubitt-Shand tiara that she wore to her first wedding to Andrew Parker Bowles. Laced with sentimentality as it was inherited from her Grandmother, the design of the tiara is formed of flowers and sprays of leaves, which rise to a central point in a slightly asymmetrical style.
Queen Camilla isn’t the only member of the family to have worn the tiara and she loaned it to her daughter Laura Lopes when she tied the knot with Harry Lopes in 2006. Clearly fond of the piece, Queen Camilla has worn it to various events over the years.
I’d estimate the intricate piece to be worth $385,000.”