This year marks the Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebration. But what's a diamond jubilee without diamonds? I have always admired the royal collection of crowns, after all I have been endlessly inspired by them for my tiara designs. Not only are they stunning pieces of high jewelry, but every crown tells a story and now I want to share my favorites with you.
|The Queen's diamond diadem.|
The design includes roses, thistles and shamrocks, which are the symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland, respectively. This is one of the pieces that will be on display starting June 30th at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Queen's 60 years on the throne.
|Imperial Crown of India|
The crown above is known as the Imperial Crown of India, and served to commemorate George V's coronation at the Dehli Durbar in 1911. Made specifically for his trip, it has been the only crown allowed to leave the country. It features more than 6000 diamonds, and the gems included in the design are emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Believe it or not, this crown has only been worn once!
|The Queen Mum posing for an official|
portrait in her Bucheron tiara.
|Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the same.|
|Elizabeth II, official coronation portrait.|
|Elizabeth II, wearing the same crown on her|
80th birthday celebration.
|The Imperial State Crown|
|The Halo Tiara by Cartier|
Princess Kate wearing the fabulous Halo tiara.
|The Strathmore Rose|
|The Queen Mum posing for a portrait,|
in the Strathmore Rose
|Diana's gift from Elizabeth II:|
the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara
Last but not least is the Cambridge Lover's knot, gifted to Diana of Wales for her wedding. This beautiful creation was commissioned by Queen Mary in 1914 using her own pearls and diamonds as a tribute to her family. It is similar to a tiara owned by Princess Augusta of Hesse who married the Duke of Cambridge. There is a strong French influence in the design of this crown which boasts 19 diamond arches each enclosing Oriental pearls suspended from diamond lover's knots. The tiara gets its peculiar name from the design and from the Duke. It has been a part of the Queen's collection since Diana and Charles divorced.
Hope you enjoyed my dream collection of royal crowns. If I could own each and every one of these I would. Lucky for me Harry is still single. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?