07 December 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Dutch Diamond Bandeau

The second round of the tiara tournament kicks off now!

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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs. The Dutch Diamond Bandeau


This classic diamond tiara was inspired by a kokoshnik owned by Queen Alexandra's beloved sister, Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia. Alexandra received hers as a silver wedding present from a group of aristocratic women. Later worn by Queen Mary, it's graced the Queen's head since 1953, and has been a fixture at galas and state banquets during her reign.

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What could be more classic than a winding river of enormous diamonds? This bandeau was originally a necklace, given to Queen Emma as a wedding gift by the people of the Netherlands. Queen Wilhelmina had it transformed into a bandeau-style tiara, and it's been worn by every Dutch queen since. The sleek bandeau, which includes more than 100 carats of diamonds, has become a particular favorite of Queen Maxima.