The hidden meaning behind the Queen’s ruby tiara which was banned in the US

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  • The Queen owns a stunning ruby encrusted tiara which is a controversial piece despite it being one of her favourites – here’s why.


    Why was the Queen ruby tiara banned in the US?

    The rubies were banned in America in the early part of the 21st century.

    This was part of President George W Bush’s continued sanctions on Myanmar for its military regime.

    However, in 2016, President Barack Obama lifted these sanctions and the subsequent ban on the ruby tiara.

    The Queen wore the tiara at a state dinner in 2019, when the monarch hosted US President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace.

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    ‘Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.’ This evening, a State Banquet was held in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace in honour of the State Visit of the President and Mrs Trump. In her speech at the banquet, The Queen spoke of the mutual aims and beliefs of both countries, saying, ‘Mr President, as we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us.’ The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of York and The Earl and Countess of Wessex also attended the banquet. 📸 Press Association

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    What is the hidden meaning behind the ruby tiara?

    According to its makers, the House of Garrard – one of the world’s most famous jewellery makers – the 96 rubies featured in the tiara have a  special meaning.

    In Burmese culture, rubies are said to protect against evil and illnesses.

    This is something which experts have picked up on, given that the Queen wore it while meeting controversial Donald Trump.

    The Queen also wore matching earrings and a necklace featuring the rubies for the meeting.

    The rubies and diamonds, which are set in gold and silver, are in a series of Tudor rose patterns across the tiara and is thought to be one of the Queen’s favourite pieces.

    Speaking about the piece, Alexandra Michell, Gemologist of Prestige Pawnbrokers Hatton Garden said: “The Burmese Tiara is a fairly modern addition to the Crown Jewels, in comparison to the extensive royal collection.

    “The estimated value of this symbolic piece is £7,000,000.”

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