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Royal princess to inherit prized family heirlooms

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Queen Elizabeth II’s great granddaughter, Princess Charlotte, first child of William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is set to inherit a special heirloom belonging to the late Princess Diana, her grandmother – the family tiara which she wore on her wedding to Prince Charles.


Only six years old, an insider said that when she comes of age, she will have “the pick of the palace jewels.”


Apart from this, Princess Charlotte is expected to inherit a number of the Queen’s crown jewels, as well as the Vladimir tiara, which houses emeralds from Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, estimated at £10 billion.
The Spencer tiara, as it is called, is currently in the keeping of Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer.


Another source said: “William is close with his uncle and has asked if his mother’s namesake tiara can be given to Charlotte someday.”


He added: “William is quite aware the Earl has daughters of his own, but the two have agreed that Diana’s iconic piece belongs to her first granddaughter.”


The Spencer tiara, designed by luxury jewelry manufacturer Garrard in the 1930s, has added gems from other pieces owned by the Spencer family. It features a heart-shaped center piece which was gifted to Diana’s grandmother by Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer, aunt to the 7th Earl of Spencer.


According to tradition, royal brides are lent tiaras or headpieces from the Queen. Diana however, opted to wear this heirloom from her own family.

Photo: Town & Country Magazine


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