Happy Birthday to the Princess Royal, who turns 67 today! The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, she has attended glittering events since 1967, almost 50 years ago. In honour of her birthday, we are featuring all of her Tiaras-
A gift to Princess Anne in 1973, from the World Wide Shipping Group when she christened one of their ships in 1973, this diamond festoon tiara was worn for the first time for her Engagement Photoshoot with Mark Phillips. One of her most frequently worn tiaras, it is usually paired with a festoon necklace, given as an 18th birthday gift from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and a bow brooch, a wedding gift from Prince Charles in 1973, including at the recent Guildhall Banquet for the Spanish State Visit. In 2008, the Princess Royal loaned her Festoon Tiara to Autumn Kelly when she married her son, Peter Phillips, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Made for Princess Andrew of Greece, the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh, this diamond meander tiara, one of my personal favourite designs, was given as a wedding gift to the Queen in 1947, who has never worn the piece publicly. In the late 1960s, the Meander Tiara was given to Princess Anne, who wore this piece, along with the Halo Scroll Tiara, for many of her initial tiara appearances, which were a lot more frequent in those days. The Princess Royal still wears the tiara, and in 2011, it was even worn by her daughter, Zara Phillips, for her wedding.
An anniversary gift from her husband, King George VI, the Queen Mother wore this tiara only once publicly, in 1951. It was given as a wedding gift to Princess Anne in 1973, who altered the tiara slightly. She still wears it regularly, including the recent Spanish State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Given as a gift to the Queen Mother from her husband in 1936, it was worn by her to a couple of occasions in the late 1930s. An 18th birthday gift to her daughter, Princess (now Queen) Elisabeth, in 1944, the Halo Scroll Tiara was loaned it to Princess Margaret in the 40s and 50s and later to Princess Anne in the 60s and 70s. The Queen then famously loaned the Tiara to the Duchess of Cambridge for her wedding in 2011.
Worn at her 1973 Wedding to Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne borrowed Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara from her grandmother, the Queen Mother, who had been given the piece by her mother-in-law, Queen Mary, who had commissioned this Tiara in 1919. Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara was also borrowed by the Queen for her wedding in 1947, and was inherited by her in 2002.
For her 21st Birthday Portraits in 1971, Princess Anne wore a Diamond Scroll Tiara of unknown provenance, that wasn’t seen before, nor has been seen since.
For the Chinese State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in 2005, the Princess Royal wore double-row meander Bandeau Tiara, which is said to have come from the Queen Mother.
The Princess Royal wore another ‘mystery’ tiara at the Indian State Banquet at Windsor Castle in 2009. This is another unknown piece, probably a converted bracelet or necklace, that hasn’t been worn since.