“The Queen has it earmarked for Charlotte for when she’s old enough – most likely when she’s 18 and starts accompanying Kate and William to state dinners."
Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 30, 2021. It has since been updated.
Princess Charlotte, the future king's only daughter, is already spoiled, but it seems like she's only going to get luckier when she turns 18. The 6-year-old is rumored to be getting everything from her great-grandmother’s prized emeralds to a special piece straight from Princess Diana's collection, reported Marie Claire. The beautiful headpiece, better known as the Spencer Tiara, belongs to Charlotte's late grandmother's family. Diana wore the priceless heirloom at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, as well as on many other occasions, and is currently in possession of Diana's brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer. However, Prince William has asked his uncle for a favor, since he's quite close to him.
“William is close with his uncle and has asked if his mother’s namesake tiara can be given to Charlotte someday,” tells the insider. “William is quite aware the earl has daughters of his own, but the two have agreed that Diana’s iconic piece belongs to her first granddaughter.” Meanwhile, another source has revealed that Charlotte “is aware” of the discussions and is said to be “giddy with excitement” about inheriting the “treasure”. This is also because the little one—who is lovingly called as Lotte by family members—is well aware of her grandmother, though she never had the opportunity to meet her.
“Lotte knows all about her ‘Granny Diana’ – after all, Diana is one of her middle names. She’s also seen pictures of her wearing the tiara,” says our source. “Charlotte 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.” In addition to the Spencer Tiara, Charlotte stands to inherit the Queen's favorite piece, the Vladimir Tiara. The tiara has interchangeable emeralds which once belonged to Mary Adelaide, a former duchess of Cambridge, who was Queen Mary's mother.
The crown is estimated to be worth almost $19 million, especially after it was refurbished in the early 90s, and it only makes sense for the Queen to pass on her favorite piece to the next Cambridge princess. Along with that, she's also rumored to get a necklace to match the tiara!
“The Queen plans to hand down to Charlotte the incredible Cambridge emerald tiara, as it is also known informally, and its accompanying necklace, which is a favorite of both hers and her beloved grandmother’s,” says an exclusive insider. “Given that she is the Princess of Cambridge, it seems only fitting given these jewels can be traced back to the ownership of dukedoms of Cambridge's past.
“The Queen has it earmarked for Charlotte for when she’s old enough – most likely when she’s 18 and starts accompanying Kate and William to state dinners. It will really be a sight to behold!” Lotte sure is a lucky girl, isn't she?
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