Princess Diana

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When Lady Diana mar­ried Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981, she would sport, on the first of many oc­ca­sions, the Spencer Tiara. A Spencer fam­ily heir­loom that is said to date back to the 1800s, the di­a­mond and sil­ver tiara fea­tures dif­fer­ent el­e­ments cre­ated by var­i­ous jew­ellers over the years. In 1919, the cen­tre el­e­ment was a wed­ding present from Lady Sarah Spencer to Lady Cyn­thia Hamil­ton, wife of Al­bert, Vis­count Althorp, Diana’s grand­fa­ther. The cen­tre­piece would even­tu­ally be re­mounted to add four match­ing pieces in 1937. The tiara is o en mis­taken as a royal item be­cause of the fre­quency with which Diana wore it. As it was only on loan to the princess while she re­mained part of the Wind­sor fam­ily, the tiara went back to Diana’s fa­ther fol­low­ing her di­vorce and was passed on to her brother. For a time it was on dis­play as part of a trav­el­ling ex­hibit on Diana’s life and is meant to even­tu­ally make its way back to the vaults at Althorp.

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