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Sophie Countess of Wessex: Wedding tiara from Queen has links to Victoria

Sophie Countess of Wessex was gifted a tiara made from an old and historic piece of jewellery.

The former-PR professional married into the Royal Family in 1999.

Her wedding to the Queen’s youngest son took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

She wore a pretty tiara, the provenance of which is officially a mystery.

The Royal Family never revealed where the new tiara come from, but experts believe it was made from an old piece of royal jewellery.

It is thought the jewellery was made from the pieces of Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet.

The piece is made up of twisting diamond floral motifs, set on a gold frame.

Sophie wore the tiara on her wedding day with jewellery from her husband, and a black and white pearl set.

The Queen also gave Sarah Ferguson a wedding tiara for her ceremony to Andrew. 

The Queen had a diamond tiara designed and made by Garrad for Fergie, the York tiara.

A gemologist told Express.co.uk: “This picture-perfect classic is made entirely out of diamonds set in platinum with floral scrollwork and a large diamond of around 5 carats sitting on top.

“The value of such a piece is not easy to calculate without knowing details about the diamond sizes, qualities, and also the weight of the platinum.

“That being said, with the value of a top quality 5 carat stone like this tiara topper combined with the platinum and other diamonds, the value of this tiara would easily be more than $300,000 USD today.”

Royal jewellery makes up a large portion of the Royal Family’s wealth.

They own incredible jewels from all around the world. However, Prince Harry’s wife if yet to wear any of them.

Although, Meghan Markle’s Princess Diana jewellery is worth over half a million pounds.

Ailsa Russell Appraiser Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn told Express.co.uk revealed all to Express.co.uk.

All together these royal gems could sell for up to £525,000, according to the experts.

Meghan and Kate are not the only royal women who wear stunning heirloom jewels.

Lady Gabriella Windsor wore this royal tiara worth £3 million for her wedding. 

Royal weddings: Meghan, Kate, Eugenie and Diana

Meghan Markle

Who: His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Where: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

When: 19 May 2018, Berkshire

Dress: Meghan wore a dress designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The white dress was made of silk and had a boat neckline. The veil was an incredible 16 feet long.

Tiara: The Duchess of Sussex chose the Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara, made in 1932, with a flower brooch in the middle from 1893.

Cake: The cake was a made by Claire Ptak, based in London. It was lemon and elderflower cake, decorated with peonies and buttercream icing.

Notable guests: A-list guests included James Corden, tennis player Serena Williams, the Beckhams, Sir Elton John, George and Amal Clooney and Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford.

Princess Eugenie

Who: Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank

Where: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire

When: 12 October 2018

Dress: Eugenie’s dress was made by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos and had a full skirt, long sleeves and was ivory in colour. The dress has a low back designed to show Euegnie’s scar from scoliosis surgery, a cause she has spoken out about in the past and since the wedding.

Tiara: She wore the stunning Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by the Queen. It has a huge emerald in the middle.

Cake: The cake had five tiers and was a red velvet and chocolate cake made by London-based cake designer Sophie Cabot.

Notable guests: Famous faces at the wedding included Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell, Kate Miss, Jack Whitehall and Liv Tyler.

Kate Middleton

Who: Prince William and Kate Middleton

Where: Westminster Abbey, London

When: 29 April 2011

Dress: Kate wore a dress made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The satin gown featured long lace sleeves. It had a nine foot train and the lace featured roses, daffodils, thistles and shamrocks.

Tiara: Kate borrowed the Cartier Scroll Tiara, now known as the Halo tiara. It bought by the Queen’s father, the future King George VI, for his wife Elizabeth.

Cake: William and Kate opted for a traditional fruit cake with eight tiers. It was decorated with sugar flowers. William also had an additional chocolate biscuit cake was made from a Royal Family recipe.

Notable guests: Guests included family and friends of the couple, as well as members of the military and people who work with charities the pair support.

Princess Diana

Who: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Where: St Paul’s Cathedral, London

When: 29 July 1981

Dress: Diana’s gown was designed by the Elizabeth and David Emanuel and had an enormous 25-foot train. The dress was ivory and featured lace. In typical 80s style the rather large dress had huge sleeves. The dress was badly creased during the carriage ride to the ceremony, as it was so large.

Cake: Diana and Charles had a number of cakes including a five-foot-tall layered fruitcake. Another cake was made by Belgian pastry chef S. G. Sender and another by Chef Nicholas Lodge.

Notable guests: Guests includes foreign royals from Spain and Greece, as well as First Lady Nancy Reagan who represented the United States.

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