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Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik vs. The Stuart Tiara
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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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This grand Dutch royal tiara dates to 1897, but the biggest diamond in it, the forty-carat Stuart Diamond, has been in royal hands since the seventeenth century. The sparkler was a favorite of the late Queen Juliana, and in recent years, Queen Maxima has begun wearing in public, too.
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