Queen Elizabeth’s iconic diadem could soon be worn by Camilla and it features over 1,000 diamonds!

Queen Elizabeth’s iconic diadem was commissioned by King George IV for his coordination and she wore it on the journey to hers in 1953.

Queen Elizabeth's iconic diadem could possibly be worn by Camilla, seen here side-by-side
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Queen Elizabeth’s iconic diadem could possibly be worn by Camilla, Queen Consort in the coming years and it features over 1,000 diamonds.  

The late Queen Elizabeth’s tiaras are truly breath-taking and have been glimpsed regularly at huge occasions over the years, including for several weddings when members of the Royal Family were lent one of these precious pieces. From the Cartier Halo Tiara that finished off the bride’s outfit perfectly at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, to the Queen Mary Diamond Fringe Tiara that Princess Beatrice wore for her nuptials, following in the footsteps of the Queen and Princess Anne, so many of them have special memories attached to them. 

This is certainly the case when it comes to Queen Elizabeth’s iconic diadem - and it’s possible fans could get to see Camilla, Queen Consort wear this stunning accessory.

Queen Elizabeth II wears the Diamond Diadem made by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell

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The Royal Collection Trust states that the Queen’s Diamond Diadem is silver and gold-lined and is set with 1,333 diamonds including the four-carat pale yellow brilliant diamond at the center. This beautiful piece also includes pearls and its design features roses, thistles and shamrocks in honor of the national emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland. 

It’s said to have been completed in 1820 and was commissioned by King George IV from jewelers Rundell Bridge & Rundell for his coronation. He wore it over a velvet cap for this big day and since then, it has gone on to become a favorite regularly worn by Queen Regnants and Queen Consorts from the time of Queen Adelaide, including by the Queen's grandmother Queen Mary.

Queen Mary of Teck

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In the decades that followed, it took on huge significance for Queen Elizabeth as she wore it on the journey to her coronation in 1953, as well as to her first State Opening of Parliament. The Queen even appeared wearing the Diamond Diadem on British and Commonwealth coins, banknotes and stamps reportedly between 1953-1971.

Queen Elizabeth’s iconic diadem is understood to have only been worn by Sovereigns or their consorts over the years. Following her passing at Balmoral on September 8th, King Charles became monarch, with Camilla the new Queen Consort. King Charles’ coronation day falls on his grandson Archie’s birthday, May 6 2023, and will also see Camilla crowned at Westminster Abbey.

The Diamond Diadem is displayed in an exhibition in Buckingham Palace

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It’s not known which crowns will be used in the ceremony although it’s thought that Queen Camilla could be given a mysterious crown amid controversy over the Koh-I-Noor diamond in the Queen Mother’s crown. 

Whichever crown is eventually chosen for this particular day, given that multiple Queen Consorts have worn the Diamond Diadem since the 19th century, it’s possible that Camilla could end up wearing it for something official at some point over the coming years. 

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, waves as they leave Dunfermline Abbey

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If the diadem remains popular with Queens, Kate Middleton could also potentially end up wearing it at some point after Prince William becomes King and she becomes Queen Consort. Although it’s not confirmed, it would certainly be lovely to see the Diamond Diadem continue to be treasured by Queen Camilla and Kate in the future.  

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!