16 March 2013

The Oriental Circlet

The Oriental Circlet
Designed by Prince Albert and made by Garrard for Queen Victoria in 1853, this tiara was originally set with opals. They were switched to rubies by Queen Alexandra as the tiara began to pass from queen to queen. It was frequently worn by the Queen Mother, and passed to the Queen on her death in 2002. The Queen has only worn it once to date.

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This tiara is associated with other jewels: Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Earrings and Necklace, and Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch.

2005: State Visit to Malta
1982: State Visit from the Netherlands (on the Queen Mother)
1958: State Visit from Germany (on the Queen Mother)

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II/Geoffrey Munn