Happy Birthday to Sarah, Duchess of York, who turns 58 today! As a working member of the Royal Family for 10 years, she attended a variety of glittering occasions, always wearing this diamond tiara from Garrard, which was a wedding gift for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duchess first wore her Tiara at the Wedding at Westminster Abbey. However, with a twist: upon arrival the Bride was wearing a wreath of flowers atop her veil, removing both while signing the register and revealing the Tiara underneath. The symbolism was that she wanted to enter the Abbey as a commoner and leave as a Duchess.
Unlike today, in the 1980s, Royal Tours included a plethora of glittering occasions. The Royal Tour of Canada in 1987 included no less than three Tiara events.
The Tiara was also worn to Banquets and Official Dinner at home and on other royal tours in the 1980s and 90s. After her Divorce in 1996, the Tiara remained with the Duchess.
The last time the York Diamond Tiara was publicly seen was at Elton John’s 2001 White Tie and Tiara Ball. The Duchess reportedly keeps it in her bedside table. It will probably be worn by Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie at their weddings.