13 November 2017

Katherine of Serbia's Diamond and Pearl Tiara

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Katherine of Serbia, the wife of Crown Prince Alexander, may not have a throne, but her husband's royal family ties mean that she often attends tiara events. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look at one of the small tiaras that she has worn on these occasions.

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The tiara, which appears to be set with diamonds and small pearls, features scroll elements in its design. A cluster of small pearls is set inside each scroll element, and rows of pearls are set at the base. The tiara is very low in profile -- so much so that it often disappears almost completely into Katherine's hair. She generally pairs the tiara with the same chain necklace and earrings.

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I've seen speculation in the past that the tiara was borrowed from a jewelry firm. (Borrowing jewels isn't an uncommon thing in royal circles, especially when the family in question is no longer reigning.) But Katherine has been wearing the tiara for over a decade, so I think it's fairly certain that she owns it. Above (although it's difficult to see), she wears it during one of the pre-wedding events in Denmark in 2004. Six years later, she wore it for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

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And here, she wears it at the pre-wedding gala in Luxembourg in 2012. (Again, it disappears almost completely in her hair.) She's made at least one more public appearance in the tiara recently, donning it for the wedding reception for Prince Leka of Albania in 2016.