|Queen Sirikit's Diamond Fringe Tiara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)|
I love when royals are inventive with their jewels, and Queen Sirikit's use of her gorgeous diamond fringe tiara definitely fits that bill. The tiara is designed in a traditional Russian style; most royal families have at least one of these tiaras, which are meant to resemble the kokoshnik headdresses worn by women in Russia. Over the years, the queen has worn the fringe both in that kokoshnik-esque halo form, stretching around her head, and bunched tightly atop her head like a crown, a traditional Thai way of wearing a diadem.
|Photo: Wikimedia Commons|
|Queen Rambhai Barni wears the tiara|
|Photo: STF/AFP/Getty Images|
Sirikit wore the diamond fringe at gala events throughout her late husband's reign. Unfortunately, Sirikit's health has declined in recent years; she suffered a stroke in 2012, and she rarely makes public appearances. But images of her wearing the tiara are prevalent in the country, and it has become a familiar symbol of her royal position.
Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post, with new text and images.