|The Delhi Durbar Tiara (Photo: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)|
The durbar was a massive celebration held in Delhi to mark the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India. It was also the only one of the Indian coronation durbars to be actually attended by the royals themselves; on other occasions, the viceroy general stood in. Here’s newsreel footage of the 1911 Durbar to give you an idea of its vast scope. You can see Queen Mary is wearing the tiara in the film.
|Queen Mary wears the tiara with the emerald toppers (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)|
|Queen Mary wears the tiara with the Cullinan stones (Photo: The Royal Collection)|
Queen Mary gave the tiara to her daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, as a permanent loan in 1946; the Queen Mum wore it on the family’s tour of South Africa the following year. She kept the tiara until her death, when it was inherited by the current queen. Elizabeth II has never worn this particular tiara in public.
|Camilla wears the tiara (Photo: MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images)|