The queen dismantles the tiara wedding gift for a sparkling jewel – story
The Queen recently stepped out with her pink Nizam brooch from Hyderabad – and she has a very interesting story behind her! Discover the tiara from which it originates
The Queen got out alongside her youngest son Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, gorgeous in a bold orange outfit with her favorite Launer London handbag.
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As always, she added a sparkling brooch to her outfit – and like many of her jewelry, her latest choice has an interesting story behind it. Her Majesty’s pink diamond brooch was originally featured on a tiara given to her to mark her royal wedding with Prince Philippe. Is it beautiful?
WATCH: Queen wears Nizam brooch from Hyderabad to Buckingham Palace
The Cartier tiara, as well as a necklace, were given to Princess Elizabeth by the Nizam of Hyderabad – an Indian prince – and they have special significance as the Queen chose them herself, after being told that she could choose what she wanted in the luxury jewelry house. Wow.
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Princess Elizabeth wearing the original Nizam of Hyderabad tiara in 1951. IMAGE: Rex / Shutterstock
The tiara featured three pink brooches, which Her Majesty all wears much more regularly than the tiara, unsurprisingly!
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While the larger pink brooch – which the Queen wore during her outing with Prince Edward – is worn on its own, the two smaller brooches are usually worn in pairs.
Wearing the two smaller pins in 2006
And the duchess of cambridge also had the pleasure of wearing a piece from the Nizam of Hyderabad ensemble, having worn the sparkling diamond necklace with her Jenny Packham dress for the National Portrait Gallery Portrait Gala in 2014.
Duchess Kate wore the ensemble’s necklace in 2014
As for the original tiara, the Queen completely dismantled it in the 1970s, in order to make what is now known as the Burmese ruby tiara, adding rubies which were also given to the monarch as a gift of marriage – this time from the people of Burma.
It is said that the Queen had the tiara made because the Queen Mother was very attached to another helmet with rubies from the royal collection – the Oriental Circlet tiara – which should have been passed on to Elizabeth when she became Queen.
Wearing his Burmese ruby tiara
But rather than take it from her mother, the Queen decided to have another made – hence the Burmese ruby tiara, which we still see her wearing regularly today. She memorably chose to wear it to welcome then-President Donald Trump to a state dinner at Buckingham Palace in January 2020.