Queen Elizabeth dies: who will inherit the royal family’s most famous tiaras

Queen Elizabeth, who died Thursday at the age of 96, had one of the largest and most expensive private jewelry collections in the world, with some 50 stunning tiaras at the core.

What will happen to these tiaras and which members of the royal family will inherit them depends on which jewelry collection they come from, New York Post reports.

Some of the items – her crowns and brooches, as well as ceremonial maces and rings – are part of the Royal Jewels, which are on display in the Tower of London and are eyed by some 2.5 million tourists a year. This priceless collection of mostly ceremonial objects, some of which are 800 years old, belongs not to a person, but to the crown and whoever is the monarch.

Likewise, there is the Royal Collection, which contains most of the royal family’s vast works of art – the largest private collection in the world – and their jewels. All together, this is more than 1 million objects, some of which date back to the time of Henry VIII.

The Royal Collection itself is divided into two parts. The main part of the items is in the trust management of the monarch of that time.

There is also a personal collection of the queen. These are mostly items that she inherited or were given away by family members (her grandmother, Queen Mary, was known for her love of jewelry and was a particular fan of tiaras) or bought herself.

It is believed that many of Queen Elizabeth’s recognizable tiaras are in her personal collection, so in theory she could give them to anyone she wanted.

“It is likely that she would like to donate items from her private collection to her loved ones,” royal commentator Josh Rohm told The Post. “The bulk of the collection will go to Charles – with Camilla as his queen consort – and then to Kate, so they might not have much left. [in the will]”.

Over the years, Queen Elizabeth has lent many of them to family members for special occasions.

In 2011, Kate Middleton wore the Cartier Halo tiara, which contains nearly 1,000 diamonds, to her wedding to Prince William, and Meghan Markle wore a stunning art deco Queen Mary diamond bandeau to her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. It was a tiara that had not been seen in public since the 1940s.

At Princess Eugenie’s wedding, also in 2018, the Queen’s granddaughter wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, set with rose-cut diamonds and six large emeralds, which was inherited by the Queen Mother in 1942 but never worn in public by royalty. before.

Two years later, Eugenie’s sister, Beatrice, wore the famous Queen Mary fringed tiara to her wedding. It contains 47 fine diamond bars and was originally loaned to then-Princess Elizabeth by Queen Mary for her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.

So, will the queen give each of these young women the tiaras they marry?

Rom thinks this is a good opportunity.

“She would have things that she would like to give to her loved ones and it makes sense to give them something that she knows they will love,” he said. “However, one thing is worth noting. If they leave these things in her will, they will have to pay inheritance tax on what she left them.”

Since the tax is up to 40 percent of the value of an inheritance – and some of these tiaras are worth millions – the Queen will have to consider whether it’s better to just leave the tiaras in the Royal Collection and borrow them for special occasions.

This article was originally published New York Post and reproduced with permission

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