Camilla Parker Bowles given priceless tiara by the Queen but she never wears it

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CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES the Duchess of Cornwall has a number of royal gems, even some she has never worn. What is the history of the mysterious tiara?

Camilla Parker Bowles and the Queen

Camilla Parker Bowles: Queen Elizabeth II gave Charles wife tiara she never wears (Image: GETTY)

The tiara was given to the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, by another royal, Princess Mary Adelaide, the Duchess of Teck, where it gets its name.

The piece was created by Princess Mary Adelaide from the jewellery she already owned.

The gorgeous piece has a whimsical feel, with a wild rose the large centrepiece. Crescent moons and ferns adorn the rest of this tiara, inspired by nature.

All the elements of the tiara can be removed and worn as brooches, a clever touch.

The Teck Crescent Tiara

Camilla Parker Bowles: Camilla currently has the Teck Crescent Tiara (Image: GETTY)

The Queen Mother wore this tiara on a number of occasions, to a state banquet and other events.

However, Her Majesty appears not to favour the piece having never worn it. She loaned to the Duchess of Cornwall, but she has never worn it either.

Who knows when fans of this tiara will first see it worn in public.

The piece also comes with a glittering necklace, worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

The necklace can be worn as a tiara, and was done on a number of occasions by the Queen Mother.

Camilla does have a number of other tiaras, from the Royal Family and her own.

She often wears the Cubitt-Shand tiara, her family’s own piece.

From the Queen she has been loaned the Greville tiara, a huge diamond piece, and the Delhi Durbar, a similarly massive tiara.

However, the Duchess of Cornwall does tend to favour relatively modest jewellery for most appearances.

Princes Charles and Camilla's romantic timeline

Camilla Parker Bowles: Princes Charles and Camilla’s romantic timeline (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

She usually wears her “everyday set” of diamond and pearl earrings and a three strand pearl choker with a pearl clasp.

The Queen also gave Camilla a historic necklace on loan, which the Duchess of Cornwall has made a change to.

Queen Elizabeth II loaned her daughter in law the Coronation Necklace.

The piece was worn by the Queen Mother on her coronation and on the coronation of her daughter our current Queen.

Camila Parker Bowles wearing a tiara

Camilla Parker Bowles: Camilla does have a number of other tiaras, from the Royal Family and her own (Image: GETTY)

In its original form, the necklace contained 40 huge round old-cut diamonds.

The Duchess of Cornwall has shortened the necklace to 31 diamonds.

This type of necklace is known as a collet necklace. It is made of single diamonds in a row and is a simple piece although stunning and valuable.

The Queen has many of these types of necklace including Queen Alexandra’s collet necklace and the Duchess of Teck’s collet necklace.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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