Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Prince Edward’s wife has £1.5 million worth of royal tiaras

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has been married to the Queen’s son, Prince Edward, for 20 years. In true royal fashion, she wore a beautiful tiara to walk down the aisle on her wedding day at Windsor Castle. Royal brides will usually pick their tiara from the royal collection and wear it as a loan, but Sophie could be in possession of her pricey design. She has since worn other royal styles which total over £1 million, was she allowed to keep them?

Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet tiara

Although it was not confirmed where Sophie’s tiara came from, it is believed the design was commissioned specially for her by the Queen.

The unique diamond design consisted of three peaks and was made from jewels from the royal collection.

Eddie LeVian, CEO of jewellery Le Vian, told “If you look closely, the tiara is composed of four anthemion elements – these are sections composed of twisting diamond floral motifs, set on a gold frame.

“Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet was made with a set of detachable fleur-de-lis, Maltese cross, and anthemion elements that could be swapped out and rearranged.”

Five Aquamarine Tiara

She has also been seen wearing this stunning tiara which has five light blue gems which were estimated to be around ten carat, according to an expert.

This is believed to be worth around £1 million and the Aquamarine Necklace Tiara which she has worn was estimated at £500,000.

So where are they now?

Members of the family usually only wear royal jewellery on loan so it likely she handed most of the headpieces back and they are still in the royal collection.

However, since her wedding tiara was custom made for her, it is likely Sophie kept hold of it and still has it now.

Last month, she wore the tiara to the state dinner during the US state visit and had updated the headpiece.

Since she had customised it, Sophie is probably the owner of the tiara.

She has been in the Royal Family for 20 years, but the Countess still does not have the title of Princess or Duchess

This is because she took on the feminine version of her husband’s name when they married which made her the Countess of Wessex.

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 70, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 37, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, five, Charlotte, three, and Louis, almost one, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 34.

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