Queen Mary tiara 'snapped on Queen's wedding day' says expert
Princess Anne, 70, has been a senior working royal for more than 50 years. She has been seen in many pieces of stunning jewellery while appearing at official royal events.
Notably, she borrowed an eye-catching tiara when she married her first husband Mark Phillips.
The couple wed at Westminster Abbey on November 14, 1973.
Princess Anne walked down the aisle wearing a classic white gown.
It was designed by Maureen Baker for the label Susan Small and had a Tudor-style high neckline and long sleeves.
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The simple piece had an embroidered veil and Princess Anne reportedly had a hand in the design of the dress.
The royal completed the look with the Queen Mary Fringe tiara, which has a special link to the Queen.
Not only was it part of the Royal Family collection, it was the same jewel the monarch wore at her wedding to Prince Phillip, 26 years before.
It has since been worn by Princess Beatrice who sported the piece at her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July this year.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, president of world-leading buyer of pre-owned jewellery Circa Richard Tille commented on the tiara.
“Garrard created the Queen Mary Fringe tiara in 1919,” he explained.
“The famous jeweller had been asked to dismantle her necklace, the wedding present given to her (then Princess Mary) by Queen Victoria in 1893.
“This style of diamond fringe tiara had become fashionable during the Romanov imperial court, and later had become popular in the collections owned by the House of Windsor.
“Queen Mary in turn gave the tiara to her daughter-in-law Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1936. She lent it to her daughter Princess Elizabeth (the current Queen) as ‘something borrowed’ at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
“The Queen Mother also lent it to her granddaughter, Princess Anne, for her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.”
While Richard explained the piece is priceless, it has previously been valued at £5million.
The jewel is covered in diamonds and has been worn by the Queen more frequently in recent years.
Richard continued: “It is made up of 47 diamond bars that are divided by smaller diamond spikes to mimic a Russian Kokoshnik Tiara.
“Queen Elizabeth II didn’t wear her wedding tiara regularly as it remained in her mother’s jewel collection until she died in 2002.
“She now wears it often. While many might say this piece is priceless, some royal pieces do come up for sale now and then. When they do, royal provenance can multiply the value many times.”
Princess Anne and Mark officially divorced in 1992 and she married Timothy Laurence later that year.
Her second wedding was a much smaller affair at Balmoral Castle and the royal did not wear a tiara.
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