One of the many hallmarks of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has been the vast collection of extravagant tiaras she’s worn over her 69 years on the throne.
Many of the queen’s tiaras have been in the British royal family for more than a century, with some headpieces commissioned by the queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, from the House of Garrard.
Two of the queen’s most frequently worn tiaras were passed down to her by her grandmother: the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which Queen Elizabeth is seen wearing on certain issues of British banknotes, and the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara, which the queen wore to her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
Queen Elizabeth in the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara in 1970 and in the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara in 2008.
While the queen, who turns 95 today, generally sticks to a few tiaras from her collection, she’s lent out several pieces to her granddaughters and granddaughters-in-law, including Princess Eugenie, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, all for their royal weddings over the last decade.
In honor of the queen’s 95th birthday, WWD takes a look at some of the tiaras and the significance behind them. Read on