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How Queen Camilla used a £7 million tiara to honour her guests

State banquets are invariably luxurious, featuring opulent settings, exquisite cuisine, and the finest hospitality, reflecting the grandeur and prestige of the hosting nation.

King Charles and Queen Camilla hosted a lavish banquet at Buckingham Palace last night in honor of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, who are on a state visit to the UK.

The Steven Stone team are always excited about state banquets because they mean one thing, tiaras – and Queen Camilla was wearing an exceptionally valuable one.

Our diamond experts have unveiled all the details about the dazzling headpiece, including its staggering price tag and the reasons behind its high level of controversy.

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“For the latest state banquet, Queen Camilla complimented her embroidered cream silk crepe dress by Fiona Clare with the Burmese Ruby and Diamond tiara – a meaningful choice as it incorporated the national colours of hers and King Charles’ guests, the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

The tiara was famously worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II, who commissioned it from the House of Garrard in 1973 – it’s crafted from gems that she received as a wedding gift from the people of Burma. It features 96 rubies alongside a collection of diamonds, including some that were originally set in the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara.

The tiaras controversy surrounds the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara, which was a wedding gift to the late monarch from Indian monarch, The 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Popular among royal fans, it was sadly dismantled in order for the Burmese Ruby and Diamond tiara to be made.

This isn’t the first time that Queen Camilla has worn this tiara; she also donned it during the 2023 South Korean State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.

The beautiful tiara is not only sentimental, but it’s also very valuable, as Burmese rubies are extremely precious and rare. I’d estimate it to be worth around £7 million.”

maxwell stone, creative director, steven stone

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