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anonymous asked:

Hey, I hope this isn't a stupid question but why doesn't the queen wear a crown during important events such as the state visit? I guess tiaras are a type of crown but if all the princesses wear tiaras shouldn't there be a difference between them and the queen?

The crowns are only used for coronations and the state opening of Parliament.  It’s been that why for as far back as I can remember and the UK is the only country that still wears them at all.  Also, tiaras aren’t really a type of crown.  A tiara is just a very formal piece of jewelry but a crown has an actual ceremonial purpose.  I go into the differences more here.

I don’t see a need to differentiate further between the monarch and everyone else but even if QEII wanted to wear a crown to show that she’s the monarch there’s a very practical reason why she wouldn’t actually do it - the weight.  The Imperial State Crown weighs 1.06 kg /2.3 lb and St. Edward’s Crown weighs 2.04 kg/4.5 lb.  When she spoke about wearing the Imperial State Crown for BBC’s The Coronation, she said that while wearing it you can’t look down because you’re neck would break.

anonymous asked:

Have you done a round up post with the tiaras from The Crown and your thoughts on each? If not and that’s of interest to you, I would love love love to know your thoughts!

I keep meaning to do this!  I’ve even started the post a few times but I always get sidetracked to other things.  One day I will make one and in the meantime here’s a few of them.

Greville Honeycomb Tiara - This might be my favorite replica on the show.  My biggest complaint about some of the tiaras is that the scale is off but because this tiara is already so large they didn’t make it bigger than it really is.

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Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara - This replica is pretty good too.  While I was watching I thought it was too large but after putting the pictures side by side it really isn’t.

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Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara - The tiara itself is fine.  It’s a basic fringe tiara so it’s hard to go wrong.  My problem with it is the placement, the tiara is tilted really far back instead of standing upright.  I was also disappointed that they completely skipped over that fact that the tiara broke on her wedding day and they had to scramble to get it fixed in time.  I just think that that would have been a good scene with the tiara literally breaking in Elizabeth’s hands and the Queen Mother trying to calm her down by saying that there are other tiaras.

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Queen Mary’s Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara - I think this is my least favorite replica on The Crown and not even because of the made up story line about Princess Margaret wearing it.  My problem is that they didn’t taper down the sides of the tiara at all.  I’ve mentioned this before but I love tiaras that properly taper down around the head and Queen Mary knew what she was doing when she had this tiara made even if the replica maker did not.

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You can find all of my posts about The Crown here.