Is Princess Charlotte Going To Inherit This Famous Royal Tiara?

It's a hand-me-down we'd all be happy with. According to palace sources, Princess Charlotte is set to inherit one of the most famous royal heirlooms of the past decade: the Spencer Tiara (via Cosmopolitan). The Spencer Tiara was worn by Charlotte's grandmother, Princess Diana, during her wedding to Prince Charles of Wales in 1981. Traditionally, the queen loans royal brides a headpiece or tiara for their wedding day, but Diana chose to wear this tiara, her own family heirloom, instead.

The Spencer Tiara was designed in the 1930s by the jewelers Garrard of London out of pieces of jewelry also owned by the Spencer family, as noted by Tatler. The tiara's iconic heart-shaped centerpiece was a gift from Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer to Diana's grandmother, who was an aunt of the seventh Earl of Spencer. The tiara was worn not only by Diana, but by her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, on their wedding days as well. Diana's niece, Celia McCorquodale, also wore the tiara on her wedding day in 2018 (via Harper's Bazaar). 

Princess Charlotte is 'giddy with excitement' over the tiara

Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her sixth birthday in May 2021, is the eldest of the late Princess Diana's granddaughters, with her cousin, Lilibet, being the second (via Cosmopolitan). According to a royal source, the Spencer Tiara is currently being held by Diana's younger brother, Earl Charles Spencer, and has agreed that it should be inherited by Charlotte when the time comes. The source said Charlotte's father, Prince William, is "close with his uncle, and has asked if his mother's namesake tiara can be given to Charlotte someday." Despite the fact that the Earl has daughters of his own, "the two have agreed that Diana's iconic piece belongs to her first born granddaughter."

Another inside source revealed that Charlotte knows all about her "Granny Diana," and is "giddy with excitement" over the idea of inheriting the tiara. The source added that the six year old is, "more than aware that she's a princess, and she's already got plastic tiaras and gowns to play dress-ups in. It's very cute." On top of her late grandmother's famed tiara, Charlotte is also set to inherit the Vladimir Tiara, a tiara made of emeralds owned by Queen Mary that is estimated at around £10 million.