08 December 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Dutch Laurel Wreath vs Queen Mary's Bandeau

Two classic bandeaux face off in this competition!

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The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara vs. Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau

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The Dutch royal vault is the home of this classic diamond laurel wreath tiara, which is inspired by the wreaths worn to represent victory and power in the ancient world. The small profile of the tiara has made it an excellent "starter" tiara for Dutch princesses, especially Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. It's also become a popular wedding tiara for members of the family, having been worn by both Princess Laurentien and Princess Maria Carolina at their weddings.


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.