|The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara|
|Queen Mary, wearing the tiara with the original pearls|
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons (1, 2)
|The tiara, as given to Princess Elizabeth|
|The Queen wears the tiara without the bandeau base and with her sapphire necklace and earrings from her father|
Associated Press via Wikimedia Commons
|At the White House, 2007|
White House/Eric Draper/Wikimedia Commons
“The Queen is the only person who can put on a tiara with one hand, while walking down stairs,” Princess Margaret once said. Of all the tiaras in her collection, there’s none the Queen has more experience attaching than the Girls Tiara, which is said to be light and easy to wear. “Granny’s tiara” has appeared on stamps, on currency, and in portraits. It was the tiara of choice for the Queen’s historic 2011 state visit to Ireland, as it has been for countless other state visits and gala occasions. Thanks to the frequency with which the Queen wears it, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is as close to iconic as a tiara can get.
Video: The tiara sparkles at the 2014 Singapore state banquet. See a complete breakdown of her jewels at this event here
We last discussed the tiara when it came out as the winner in a little poll of your favorite tiaras in 2011. It was and is my absolute favorite too; I fall in love with new tiaras all the time, but in the end, I can never argue with the perfection of this diamond beauty.
Your favorite: yes or no?
Photos: Royal Collection/Queen Elizabeth II unless otherwise noted