Meander Tiara: Express.co.uk expert on Princess Anne's jewels
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The late Queen’s only daughter Princess Anne started wearing tiaras as a teenager, and she will often wear one nowadays for state banquets. At one banquet in 2009, Anne donned a pearl diadem which had never been seen before, and it has never been seen again since.
The pearl tiara in question was relatively modest for a royal jewel, comprised of a simple bandeau of pearls.
Anne wore the diadem nestled in a high hair-do for the Indian State Visit that year, adding a touch of glamour to her ensemble.
Royal site The Court Jeweller noted that little is known about this “mystery” diadem.
The site explains: “The Princess Royal wears a bandeau-style tiara that appears to be set with pearls for the Indian state banquet at Windsor Castle, October 27, 2009.
“The tiara, which does not appear to have been worn in public on any other occasions, is something of a mystery.”
The pearl diadem is not the only elusive tiara Princess Anne has worn, with another example being the one she wore for her 21st birthday in 1971.
The Princess posed for pictures wearing a floral tiara but it hasn’t been seen again, so some now speculate that it was loaned to the Princess for the photoshoot.
Princess Anne has been known to borrow tiaras from the royal collection over the years, including her wedding diadem in 1973.
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Anne wore Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara when she married Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey which was poignantly the same tiara the Queen wore to marry Prince Philip in 1947.
When she was younger, Anne also turned to the Cartier Halo Tiara, a demure diadem worn by Princess Margaret and Kate, Princess of Wales on her wedding day in 2011.
But Princess Royal also has an impressive tiara collection of her own, with one of her favourites thought to be the Festoon Tiara.
Anne wears it frequently, and it was given to her as a gift when she christened a ship in the 1970s.
The tiara made its royal wedding debut in 2008 when it was worn by Anne’s daughter-in-law Autumn Kelly during her wedding to Peter Phillips.
Anne has also previously worn a blue tiara known as the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara, which was thought to have been gifted to Anne by the Queen Mother as a wedding present.
Anne also owns a special diadem which held personal significance to her late father Prince Philip.
The Meander Tiara once belonged to Anne’s paternal grandmother Princess Alice of Battenberg.
It got its most notable outing in 2011 when it was worn by Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall at her wedding to Mike Tindall in Edinburgh.
Alexandra Michell, Gemologist at Prestige Pawnbrokers Hatton Garden, previously said: “There is no surprise that the bandeau is of a meander design (Greek key) and has a centre laurel and honeysuckle decoration either side.
“It is studded with diamonds set in a white precious metal more likely to be platinum because of the era it was made. It is perceived to be made by Cartier in France.
“It is not known how much the tiara is worth, but I estimate it to be worth over £1million and if it is a Cartier piece, it could be as much as £2million to £4million.”
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