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Old 10-05-2017, 04:49 PM
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It would really be good for Meghan to have her own tiara so that she would have something to hand down to their children. Anything loaned from the royal collection would have to be returned to the monarchy. Harry's line will get nothing due to inheritance taxes.
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:50 PM
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Where are they going to wear these jewels? There aren't that many tiara events they attend each year. I don't think it has anything to do with a lack of generosity....it's to do with opportunity.


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It would really be good for Meghan to have her own tiara so that she would have something to hand down to their children. Anything loaned from the royal collection would have to be returned to the monarchy. Harry's line will get nothing due to inheritance taxes.
Harry will be taken care of...his father and grandmother both will leave him money and personal items.



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Old 10-05-2017, 05:04 PM
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I'm not sure why he wouldn't gift her one for her wedding? If the Queen's offerings are slim or said future daughter-in-law had something else in mind, I think he would happily purchase a tiara for her.
I think that royal watchers get more worked up over tiaras than the royals themselves. Diana in her 15 plus years as a high ranking royal only wore one tiara from the royal collection and Sarah never wore a royal collection tiara. Of all the petty and non-petty complaints I have heard attributed to insiders about the way the BRF does things, I don't recall any complaints or negative feelings about access to royal jewels.

I agree that Charles would purchase a tiara for his daughter-in-law, I just find it unlikely that if a future daughter-in-law had access to Charles' deep pockets that she would choose a tiara over other options as a wedding gift, perhaps as a gift a few years into the marriage but not a wedding gift.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:58 PM
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My guess is Sophie likes it? Not everyone has the same taste that's for sure!


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I've never yet heard anyone admire that tiara!

I hope Meghan has more luck than Sophie did.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:00 PM
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But traditionally, it's a gift given by the monarch right? Well, by tradition I mean HMQ paid for Fergie and Sohpie's tiaras.
Well, no. Traditionally (as I understand it), the bride would wear one of her own family's tiaras for the wedding. Remember, until recently it was pretty uncommon for a royal prince to marry a woman who didn't have the sort of pedigree that came with things like family tiaras.

Royal families all over Europe have had to figure out what their new bridal tiara tradition should be now that princes often marrying commoners. So there were two instances where QEII opted for buying new jewels for her daughters in law, but that doesn't mean she was set on that becoming "tradition."

The BRF doesn't have as big a tradition of sharing jewels as royals like the Swedes do. So that probably made them less likely to have considered loans as their first option for outfitting tiara-less brides. I suspect there was also some thought that Andrew and Edward's lines would each need a tiara to hand down as each generation grows further and further from the throne. That might be a concern that comes to mind when Harry marries, too. But as the number of British events where non-royals have occasion to wear tiaras shrinks, the need for giving the new couple something that can become their Duchy's new house jewel likely becomes less of a concern--and subsequently loaning may seem more attractive.

What's more, as it's turned out, there hasn't been a great track record for "starter" tiaras getting a lot of wear after the first few years (think Sophie, CP Mary, the tiaras given to teenaged Victoria and Madeleine, etc.). I suspect one reason they usually seem to be sort of light and frothy is partly because substantial tiaras feel a little intimidating to women who haven't been around them all their life, or to very young women. But as they figure out their "princess style," those first tiaras become sort of silly looking. It makes some sense for the Swedes to give them to their princesses because they have a lot of tiara events and the girls start attending in full regalia at a relatively young age. They need something before they're old enough to carry off a big diamond fringe or whatnot. But most of the women who marry in as full-grown adults (and who don't have neck pain issues *ahem*Mette-Marit*) might as well be encouraged to just go ahead and wear something from the vaults befitting their age and newfound station.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:21 PM
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I've never yet heard anyone admire that tiara!

I hope Meghan has more luck than Sophie did.
Personally not a fan either.


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Old 10-05-2017, 07:53 PM
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I think that royal watchers get more worked up over tiaras than the royals themselves. Diana in her 15 plus years as a high ranking royal only wore one tiara from the royal collection and Sarah never wore a royal collection tiara. Of all the petty and non-petty complaints I have heard from insiders about the way the BRF does things, I don't recall any complaints or negative feelings about access to royal jewels.

I agree that Charles would purchase a tiara for his daughter-in-law, I just find it unlikely that if a future daughter-in-law had access to Charles' deep pockets that she would choose a tiara over other options as a wedding gift, perhaps as a gift a few years into the marriage but not a wedding gift.
Well, after what Sophie was given for her wedding, I think the complaints are valid. Lol I wouldn't want to see a repeat of that merely because the Queen doesn't want to part with some of the nicer tiaras, for whatever reason.

Regardless of what Diana or Sarah were or weren't given from the collection, they both had lovely tiaras for their wedding day. Ultimately, it doesn't matter to me whether Meghan gets a new tiara or one of the vault. I just would like it to be something that really suits her
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:29 PM
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I am not head over heels in love with Sophie's tiara but to me she looked good on her wedding day and when she wore the tiara to other events. There are other tiaras I dislike more as wedding and/or starter tiaras like Kate's, Sofia of Sweden, Mary and Letizia's.

Also it may be a matter of taste. It seems like many will be thrilled to see a BRF member wearing the Strathmore Rose Tiara but my reaction will probably be .
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:30 PM
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Well, after what Sophie was given for her wedding, I think the complaints are valid. Lol I wouldn't want to see a repeat of that merely because the Queen doesn't want to part with some of the nicer tiaras, for whatever reason.



Regardless of what Diana or Sarah were or weren't given from the collection, they both had lovely tiaras for their wedding day. Ultimately, it doesn't matter to me whether Meghan gets a new tiara or one of the vault. I just would like it to be something that really suits her


It's been speculated though that Sophie's tiara was assembled from parts of Queen Victoria's coronation jewels. That gives it more important provenance than either Diana's or Sarah's tiaras.

I don't love the design but I appreciate the history
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:59 PM
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Queen Victoria jewels or not, I would choose Sarah or Diana's tiara every time over Sophie's.

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I am not head over heels in love with Sophie's tiara but to me she looked good on her wedding day and when she wore the tiara to other events. There are other tiaras I dislike more as wedding and/or starter tiaras like Kate's, Sofia of Sweden, Mary and Letizia's.

Also it is a may be a matter of taste. It seems like many will be thrilled to see a BRF member wearing the Strathmore Rose Tiara but my reaction will probably be .
Yes, it's matter of taste but I think you'd be hard pressed to find more than a few people who actually liked Sophie's tiara.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:22 PM
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Sophie's wedding tiara could be made lovely by bridging between the elements. It could be much more cohesive.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:51 AM
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Sophie's wedding tiara could be made lovely by bridging between the elements. It could be much more cohesive.
I agree, a few well placed pearls and some more diamonds can substantially improve tgat tiara. Look at what Mary of Denmark has achieved with her tiara
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:07 AM
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It would really be good for Meghan to have her own tiara so that she would have something to hand down to their children. Anything loaned from the royal collection would have to be returned to the monarchy. Harry's line will get nothing due to inheritance taxes.
Trust funds. That skirts the tax problem.
Needing a tiara in her regular royal life probably won't occur very often.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:18 AM
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I agree, a few well placed pearls and some more diamonds can substantially improve tgat tiara. Look at what Mary of Denmark has achieved with her tiara
They should also change the high frame and or cover it with some diamonds or pearls.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:43 AM
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Trust funds. That skirts the tax problem.
Needing a tiara in her regular royal life probably won't occur very often.
Meghan will probably attend just as many as most of the other royal ladies once she's in regular royal duty rotation. Sophie attends most state dinner, which is the main tiara events domestically, but she just doesn't get photographed as often. In fact Sophie probably attends more since her and Edward tend to be the Queen's representative to a lot of foreign royal events like weddings and birthdays and such. I would expect Meghan to at least attend state dinners regularly.
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True, but there's usually one state dinner per year, if that.

Given the choice, Meghan may prefer lovely earrings or a bracelet over a tiara that she will rarely wear.
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:56 AM
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True, but there's usually one state dinner per year, if that.

Given the choice, Meghan may prefer lovely earrings or a bracelet over a tiara that she will rarely wear.
She'll have all three. Plus, state dinners vary as depending on how many foreign visits there are. With Brexit, I'd imagine that number would go up as now Britain is on its own with diplomacy. Bottomline is she's going to need a tiara to pass down. While the Linleys sold the Potimore, there is at least one other tiara in the family. Seems to me that most of the royal lines kept at least one tiara for wedding uses. Peers do get invited to state dinners at times and their wives do wear a tiara to those events if there is a family tiara.

I highly doubt the Queen and Prince Charles would skimp on the jewels. I know Kate got jewelry from Prince Charles for her wedding as well. I'm sure Harry would be gifting his wife with jewels during their marriage as well. The Queen do loan out jewels other than tiaras. On top of that, I still think there are jewels Princess Diana left behind that we haven't seen either on her or Kate. She was gifted a large amount of jewels for her wedding and those were hers to deal with however she pleases.
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:11 AM
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True, but there's usually one state dinner per year, if that.

Given the choice, Meghan may prefer lovely earrings or a bracelet over a tiara that she will rarely wear.
Typically, two incoming state dinners and the Diplomatic Corps reception.
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:22 AM
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Yeah I mentioned that a few days ago here....how often will she really need a tiara? 2 or 3 times a year. She could borrow one for her wedding.

Even if they create one...it's going to get passed down to the children and then eventually they will be most likely be out of the family loop when it comes to tiara events' other than weddings.


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Old 10-06-2017, 11:46 AM
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Yeah I mentioned that a few days ago here....how often will she really need a tiara? 2 or 3 times a year. She could borrow one for her wedding.

Even if they create one...it's going to get passed down to the children and then eventually they will be most likely be out of the family loop when it comes to tiara events' other than weddings.


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I think they would keep a tiara the same way that Spencers keep at least one tiara like many other peerage families. It's not a practical thing that you'd be able to bring out on a daily basis, but the Brits seems to like them. This is why I think she'll have at least one tiara that's her and not borrowed from the vault or otherwise.
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