|Queen Fabiola wears the Nine Provinces Tiara (Photo: Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images)|
|Queen Astrid wears the tiara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)|
The original tiara was a meander bandeau topped by a series of large, round diamonds (which, in some lights, appear to have a slight yellow cast) on spikes. It was able to be worn with or without the top pieces from the start.
|Portrait of Queen Astrid wearing the tiara by Herman Richir (Image: Wikimedia Commons)|
After Astrid's death in 1935, her husband, King Leopold III, inherited the tiara. His second wife, Lilian, never wore the complete piece, though she did wear various components of the tiara, including using the meander section as a bandeau tiara (as shown above) and as a bracelet.
Fabiola wore the tiara in various forms throughout her reign. Above, you can see her wearing the piece in a particularly unusual way: with the interlocking arches but without the large round diamonds.
|Queen Paola wears the tiara (Photo: Mark Renders/Getty Images)|
|Queen Mathilde wears the bandeau base of the tiara (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)|
Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post with new text/images.