03/03/2011

Which tiara will the Queen give Kate?

Diana-tiara

Princess Diana wears the "Cambridge Lovers' Knot" tiara on a royal visit to Halifax in 1983. (File photo)

Gliding down the aisle in a puffy dress towards a royal opens many doors, including the one to the Queen’s tiara collection.
 
Traditionally the Queen gives one of her many jewel encrusted headgears to the bride-to-be as a wedding gift, opening the vault dubbed the "jewel pool."

Amongst one of the largest tiara collections in the world, here are a number of tiaras Kate could chose from including:

  • The “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" tiara given to the Queen by her grandmother.
  • The Cambridge "Lover's Knot" tiara frequently worn by Diana after the Queen gave it to her as a gift.
  • The Queen Mary or the “Durbar” tiara the Queen loaned to Camilla parker Bowles for a state banquet.
  • “The Strathmore” floral tiara that the Queen mum was given by her parents when she wed Prince Albert.
  • “The Duchess of Teck”  owned by Queen Mary’s mum and eventually passed down to the Queen.
  • “The Scroll” made for the Queen mum and worn by Princess Margaret to a state banquet in 1954 and again by Princes Anne during a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970.


As a commoner, Kate could go Fergie’s route covering her tiara with flowers as she enters the church only to have them removed as she emerges as a royal after the ceremony.                                                       
Princes Diana chose to use a tiara from her family’s collection for her wedding to Prince Charles instead of one of the Queen’s.

Click here to see a gallery of some of the royal tiaras and here for some music to accompany them.

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The ''jewell pool'' is a collection of jewells acquired by the royal family over hundreds of years. This vast fortune is really property of the people who paid for it with excessive taxes throughout this reign of tyranny. They should be melted down and put to use. Their value could feed many, improve schooling, gyms or whatever the citizens need. The royal family should finally admit it is not theirs and apologize for making the people suffer for so long.

How, in the 21st century, can it be that we commonors are still paying for keeping the Windsor's and the Wales's in Royal Style?

Thousands go hungry, homeless, unemployed or at best living from pay cheque to pay cheque, eking out a meagre existence. How can it be? How can it be?

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