Many eagle eyes noticed that Sophie, Countess of Wessex was wearing a tiara that we had never seen her wear publicly before to the royal wedding in Luxembourg over the weekend. Hurray for Sophie getting some more jewel choices!
Here’s a good look at the tiara, which perched very nicely on Sophie’s head:
It turns out we discussed this very piece in a previous post by guest Royal Poster Sarah Taylor. Click here for a refresher. This tiara is from the Queen’s collection and is made up of diamonds and Brazilian aquamarines.
The Queen has not worn this tiara much at all – at least not publicly. Here is one of the few photographs available of the Queen wearing it:
The Queen was gifted this tiara from the Governor of Sao Paulo during a visit in 1968. There was some speculation that this tiara was taken apart to make up the Queen’s larger aquamarine tiara, so it is good to see that that was not the case after all!
Here’s that larger aquamarine tiara:
So how does this whole borrowing thing work, do you think? The Queen one day decides it’s time to dust off the jewel box and share? Or does Sophie ask before a big event like this? Or maybe this tiara was an extended loan from the Queen in recognition of Sophie and Edward’s tenth wedding anniversary? I am most curious about this.
Ok, let’s recap Sophie’s tiara collection so far.
1. Sophie’s Wedding Tiara
She of course has the tiara she wore to her own wedding in 1999, which had not been seen publicly before that day. It seems it is a piece made up of existing jewels in the royal collection. The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour has a great post on it. Click here for that. This is the only tiara that Sophie seems to have had access to for the first few years after her wedding.
Here she is with it for the occasion of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s wedding in 2010. Sophie is also wearing the same diamond necklace we saw this past weekend, which is also likely a loan from the Queen:
2. The Button Tiara
Sophie has also been loaned this button tiara, which she wore to a pre-wedding theatre event for the wedding of Prince Frederick of Denmark and Mary Donaldson in May 2004:
It is believed to be this tiara, which was owned by Prince Philip’s mother Princess Alice of Greece:
It seems especially fitting that Sophie should wear it since she and Edward will be Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh when the time comes. Curious that it has not made another public appearance since. I quite like it.
3. The Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara
Then of course there’s the aquamarine and diamond tiara which we went into in a previous post. Read all about it here. Much like Sophie’s wedding tiara, unfortunately not much is known about this tiara’s provenance. Fun fact: this tiara converts into a necklace so it can be worn for non-tiara events, too.
Check out the matching necklace and earrings she’s wearing in this photo. They appear to be the same as what Sophie wore with the button tiara in 2004.
4. The Brazilian Aquamarine & Diamond Tiara
And then of course there’s this ‘new’ one, which I must say I prefer over Sophie’s other aquamarine tiara.