The greatest royal crowns of the British monarchy

Have you ever wanted to see Britain's most extraordinary crowns up close? Now you can.

The Queen's vault is home to a priceless collection of jewels and historical artefacts, with a selection of crowns and tiaras included. Gifted from various Queens and Kings, the royal crowns are embedded with a rich and trivial history, each coming with an incredible story, While there are countless crowns and tiaras in the Queen's possession, we list some of the best. 

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

People may recognise this tiara due to appearing on banknotes and stamps. Queen Mary received the tiara in 1893 as a wedding gift by the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland committee, where the tiara get its name from. It was then passed down to Queen Elizabeth II in 1969.

The George IV State Diadem

This crown was made for King George IV for his coronation in 1821, and later worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Mary. Queen Elizabeth II also wore the diadem at her coronation in 1952, and still wears it today for certain galas and events. It has 1,333 diamonds with two strings of pearls on the band, and it apparently cost  GBP £8,216 (AUD $14,600) to make in the 1800s - which is the equivalent to over a million dollars now. 

The Oriental Circlet

Prince Albert designed and commissioned this delicate tiara for his wife, Queen Victoria in 1853. It was then passed down to their daughter, Queen Alexandra who made it smaller and exchanged the original opals to rubies. The Queen's Mother inherited the crown and it's noted to have been her favourite - regularly choosing it for royal events with a matching diamond and ruby necklace. Queen Elizabeth II is the current owner of the crown, and also wears it with her own diamond and ruby necklace she commissioned in the '60s.

The Burmese Ruby Tiara

While this tiara may not date back centuries, it's still a grand addition to the Queen's vault. The Queen was gifted 100 Burmese rubies on her wedding day, and later made them into a tiara in 1973, combining leftover diamonds from an old tiara. 

The Brazilian Parure Tiara

In 1952, Brazil gifted Queen Elizabeth II a collection of aquamarine jewellery for her coronation, which the monarch then commissioned a tiara to match. The vivacity of the colour and bold sizes of the stones makes this set a powerful statement piece. 

The George VI Sapphire Tiara

George VI originally purchased the sapphires, which he passed down to his son, King George. The King gifted the jewels to his daughter, Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day in 1947 which she made into a stunning necklace with diamonds. In the 1960s, she commissioned this tiara to match. 

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