Princess Michael of Kent to retire from royal life – a look back at her £3m wedding tiara

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PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT, 77, and her husband Prince Michael of Kent, 79, are set to retire from royal life, just months after the Prince severed his ties to Russia.

The Princess is one of the most glamorous members of the Royal Family – but what was her most beautiful tiara as a working royal?

Now it is reported that Prince Michael and his wife Marie-Christine are stepping down from public life altogether, with an official announcement expected in the coming days, according to The Telegraph.

It is thought the move will coincide with Prince Michael’s 80th birthday on July 4.

Princess Michael is known as one of the most glamorous members of the Royal Family.Princess Michael of Kent wore a 'magnificent' £3m tiara at her wedding

Princess Michael of Kent wore a ‘magnificent’ £3m tiara at her wedding (Image: GETTY)

Princess Michael tied the knot with the Prince in 1978

Princess Michael tied the knot with the Prince in 1978 (Image: GETTY)

Princess Michael wearing the same tiara in 2000

Princess Michael wearing the same tiara in 2000 (Image: PA)

But what is her most fabulous tiara?

Princess Michael of Kent chose a Russian fringe style diamond tiara, often called the Kent City of London Fringe tiara, for her wedding back in 1978.

This tiara has a special connection to the Princess.

The Princess’ wedding tiara was also worn by her mother-in-law, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, on her wedding day in 1934.

It was later worn by her daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor in 2019.

Princess Michael’s wedding was held on June 30, 1978, and the Princess, who is also known as Marie Christine, wore the tiara to a ball that was held after her wedding ceremony, rather than to the entire affair.

The Kent City of London Fringe tiara was originally given to Marie Christine’s mother-in-law, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, by the city of London on her wedding day in 1934.

Eventually, Marina’s son Prince Michael inherited the tiara when she died in 1968.

Princess Michael of Kent is known as a very glamorous royal

Princess Michael of Kent is known as a very glamorous royal (Image: GETTY)

The Prince and Princess of Kent at Ascot in 2022

The Prince and Princess of Kent at Ascot in 2022 (Image: GETTY)

Princess Michael has worn the tiara on a number of occasions through the years.

Like the Kent City of London Fringe tiara, the Kent Pearl Festoon was inherited by Prince Michael of Kent in 1968 when Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent died.

Ailsa Russell Gemologist and Appraiser Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn previously spoke to Express.co.uk about the tiara.

She said: “This beautiful Russian-inspired diamond set gold and silver tiara originally belonged to Princess Marina of Kent, gifted before her wedding to the Duke of Kent in 1934.

“Welcoming the Greek and Dutch Princess to the country it was gifted to her by the City of London.

“It was worn by Princess Alexandra on her wedding day and has become another icon of the Royal Kent Family collection of jewels,” Ms Russell noted.

The expert added: “The magnificent graduated fringe design is heavily set with beautifully bright diamonds, and rather uniquely for a fringe tiara it cannot also be worn as a necklace.

“Today the diadem is favoured by Princess Michael of Kent and has featured in official portraits and regularly worn to state occasions, notably the Princess wore it for a ball in Vienna on her wedding night.

“Likely featuring over 100 carats of diamonds, a diadem of this provenance and importance would likely reach £1million to £3million.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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