05 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Khedive of Egypt vs Mary's Bandeau


Which royal wedding tiara will get your vote?

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The Khedive of Egypt Tiara vs. Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau

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The diamond scroll tiara, made by Cartier, was Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden's wedding gift from Khedive Abbas II of Egypt. The gift was especially sentimental, because Margareta and her husband, the future King Gustaf VI Adolf, had fallen in love in Cairo. The lovely jewel was able to be worn as a traditional tiara, or taken off the frame and worn as a corsage ornament. When Margaret died, the tiara was inherited by her only daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark. All three of Ingrid's daughters, as well as three of her granddaughters, have worn the tiara on their wedding days. When Ingrid died in 2000, the tiara was bequeathed to her youngest daughter, the former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. She continues to wear the jewel (and lend it to other family members) today.


Queen Mary had this sleek diamond bandeau made in 1932 to showcase the County of Lincoln Brooch, which she'd received as a wedding present in 1893. Mary wore the tiara occasionally, but in May 2018, it garnered major attention when it was worn as a bridal tiara by the Duchess of Sussex.