Royal fans either love or hate Princess Anne’s iconic Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara, described by the ‘Order of Splendour’ as the “most curious diadem”. It is literally designed in the shape of pinecone and flower motifs. The tiara itself dates back nearly a century to Anne’s grandparents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
The large circular element in the centre of the tiara has been removed, and now one of the large rectangular aquamarines sits in the centre.
This is no surprise that Anne altered the diadem, considering her own unchanging hairstyle.
Anne still wears the tiara occasionally, including at the Irish state banquet in 2014.
This is one of the only pieces of royal jewellery that uses pinecones as a central motif.
Pinecones are a symbol of fertility, which among royal circles would have been seen as an appropriate wedding gift.
Princess Anne famously wore the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara for a dinner in Belgrave Square during a state visit from West Germany on July 3, 1986.
The original tiara was designed as a series of pine flowers and pinecones created from aquamarines.
Interspersed between the flowers and pinecones were rectangular-cut aquamarines.
One royal fan was less than impressed upon hearing about the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara.
They wrote on Twitter saying: “Pinecones in a tiara…seriously…I thought I had seen some weird stuff…but this might take the cake.”
Another added their state of confusion: “I misread ‘Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara’ as ‘Aquamarine Pineapple Tiara’ and stared at the picture for a full minute trying to understand how the tiara was supposed to be pineapple-y before realizing my mistake.”
According to the blog ‘Lilibet’s Handbag’, there are rumours the Queen Mother originally loaned the tiara to Queen Elizabeth, however, she allegedly did not approve of the unique design.
Nevertheless, some royal fans approve of the distinctive tiara.
A royal fan commented on Twitter, adding: “The Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara. Absolutely love it since the first time I saw Princess Anne wear it.”
Princess Anne does not seem to wear the tiara very often, but she also attends a lot of state dinners where images of her are not available for the public.
The removed central portion of the tiara has been made into a brooch, which the Princess Royal does wear from time to time.
The pinecone decoration certainly is what makes this tiara one of the most distinctive and curious tiaras in the royal collection.
Tiaras are usually rather romantic pieces of jewellery, and this tiara would probably be described as more characteristic of Princess Anne – unpredictable.