The eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice, is currently tenth-in-line to the throne, and her jewellery collection has often been underrated as a royal. She has quite a low-key jewellery collection and has gained a reputation for being sustainable when it comes to fashion. The tiara Princess Beatrice chose for her intimate, socially distanced wedding in 2020 is typical of the royal’s restrained approach to jewellery.
Borrowing a tiara worn by two other royal brides in living memory is unusual and not something most modern Princesses do, as they tend to seek a tiara they can call their own.
For instance, the Duchess of Cambridge chose the Cartier Halo Scroll tiara, a piece made for the Queen Mother, who only wore it a handful of times.
The Duchess of Sussex selected Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara that had not been publicly worn by a royal since Queen Mary.
Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, that had not been worn since the 1940s.
Their mother, Sarah Ferguson, had an entirely new tiara created by Garrard in the run-up to her wedding in 1986.
These pieces are associated with their royal brides, whereas the Queen Mary’s Fringe tiara will be remembered as the one worn by the Queen, which Princess Beatrice appears to be perfectly happy with.
She is said to be incredibly close to her grandmother, and likely cherished the sentimentality of the tiara above all else.
The rest of Beatrice’s wedding-day jewellery consisted of gold bracelets that seemed perfectly ordinary and her engagement ring.
That was all of her jewellery; she wore no earrings unlike Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle.
Beatrice does not often wear earrings, even though she is a member of the Royal Family so has access to all the diamonds she could wish for.
Princess Beatrice’s 2.5-carat diamond engagement ring would not be considered low-key by normal standards, as jewellery experts estimated the value to be between £54,000 and £73,000.
However, its classic six-claw design speaks to her understated style.
In comparison, Diana’s sapphire, now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, is a sizeable 12 carats.
The fact Edoardo had free rein on the design also points to Beatrice’s relaxed stance on her jewels.
Shaun Leane, the designer, combined Victorian influences, Beatrice’s favourite, with the Art Deco styling that Edo prefers.
With Beatrice’s her wedding band, instead of using the Queen’s supply of Welsh gold, a royal tradition, she had Leane create a matching, diamond-set platinum band to curve around her engagement ring.
Despite her privilege and access to the world’s most fabulous jewels, Princess Beatrice’s jewellery history reveals a few statement pieces and costume jewellery necklaces, and not much else.
At her sister’s wedding, not wanting to draw attention away from the bride, she wore a simple bee brooch and some bracelets which she kept on for her own big day.
In the photograph released to announce their engagement, Beatrice wore a gold £2,620 Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet, an iconic design that is the epitome of simple elegance.