The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be representing the Queen at the Sultan of Brunei’s lavish Golden (50th) Jubilee Celebrations this week. The most frequent representatives of the royal family at foreign royal events, the Countess is always glittering in jewels. In honour of the upcoming celebration, we are featuring the Countess of Wessex’s Tiaras-
Seen for the first time on the Countess at her 1999 wedding, the diamond tiara, composed of three diamond elements, came from the Queen’s private collection and was designed and remodeled by the Crown Jeweller. The elements are said to come from Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet. Not a favourite among royal watchers, this tiara was the only one worn by the Countess for the first years after her marriage, when the couple represented the Queen at foreign royal events. The tiara was last seen in 2011.
In 2005, the Countess debuted this tiara, featuring a central oval aquamarine stone with a scrolling diamond design. Also worn as a necklace, this piece is thought to be her personal property. This has been the Countess’ most worn tiara recently, worn at the Wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, the 80th Birthday Banquet of the King and Queen of Norway, and the Spanish State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.
This small tiara, composed of five aquamarines in a ribbon setting, was worn by the Queen during a Banquet in Canada in 1970, and disappeared until it was worn by the Countess of Wessex at the pre-wedding dinner of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg in October 2012. The Tiara was also worn at the 2013 Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and a State Banquet in 2014, leading many to assume it is on permanent loan to the Countess.
At one of the pre-wedding events of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004, the Countess of Wessex wore this ‘mystery’ small diamond button tiara. It is thought to be a loaned piece, and hasn’t been worn since.