Regally Recycled: See Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and More Try on the Queen's Jewels for Size

From wedding tiaras to statement necklaces, the Queen's jewelry box is full of bling — and she's not afraid to lend out the pieces to her fashionable family

Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton
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Lotus Flower Tiara

Lotus Flower Tiara
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A royal family favorite going back to the Queen Mother!

Then the Duchess of York, the elder Elizabeth (far left) first received this diadem as a wedding gift in 1923, though it was originally styled as a necklace and she found over time that he favored wearing it low on forehead.

Sometimes called the Papyrus Leaf Tiara, the piece was then handed down to Princess Margaret (second from left), who loaned the tiara to son David Armstrong-Jones' bride-to-be Serena Stanhope (center right) for their wedding day in 1993.

More recently, Kate Middleton (far right) wore the sparkler to a Chinese state dinner in 2015. And two years before that, she had surprised royal watchers by breaking out the luxe accessory for its first appearance in 20 years.

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Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara

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The stunning tiara, worn by both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, was originally commissioned from famous court jewelers Garrard by Queen Mary sometime in 1913 or 1914. When Queen Mary died in 1953, she left the tiara to her granddaughter, the Queen, who wore it with style during many formal appearances throughout the '50s.

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Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau Tiara

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ceremony, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018
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Meghan followed in Kate's footsteps by wearing a tiara straight from the Queen's jewelry vault. The bandeau was a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York, who would become King George V. The bandeau and the brooch were passed down by Queen Mary to the Queen in 1953. The Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, famously wore the piece to events.

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Dubai Looped Sapphire Demi-Parure Earrings

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to host NHS Charities Together and NHS staff at a unique drive-in cinema to watch a special screening of Disney’s Cruella at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on day six of their week-long visit to Scotland on May 26, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Kate Middleton borrowed a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings from the Queen for a drive-in screening of Disney's Cruella at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland in May 2021. The Queen has previously worn the earrings with a coordinating necklace.

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Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth let her granddaughter Princess Eugenie don this stunning diamond and emerald headpiece for her 2018 wedding day. Dame Margaret Greville left the tiara to the Queen Mother when she died in 1942. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, the tiara was passed down to the monarch.

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Maple Leaf Brooch

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The Maple Leaf brooch is another piece worn by multiple royal women over the years, including Kate, Camilla, the Queen and the Queen Mother — often (appropriately!) during their visits to the Commonwealth country of Canada.

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King Khalid Diamond Necklace

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Given to the Queen as a gift from a Saudi King in 1979 and designed by Harry Winston, Princess Diana wore the necklace on several occasions throughout the 1980s, including while she was pregnant with Prince William.

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Queen Alexandra's Wedding Necklace

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The necklace was a gift from Queen Victoria's son to his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark to celebrate their 1863 wedding. The necklace was part of a whole set which included a tiara, brooch and earrings. The stunning piece was passed down to the Queen Mother, who wore it often until her 2002 death. It has since been lent to Kate from Queen Elizabeth.

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Queen Mary's Diamond Fringe Tiara

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Princess Beatrice wore a very special tiara for her wedding day in July 2020 — the same dazzling headpiece worn by her grandmother when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

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Teardrop Diamond Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth first wore these sparkling diamond earrings at the State Opening of Parliament in 2012, but Kate has worn them on several occasions since, including in December 2020 to wrap her train tour of the U.K. with Prince William.

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Five Aquamarine Tiara

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Danny Martindale/WireImage

Worn by the Queen during a tour of Canada in 1970, the aquamarine tiara stayed in the royal vault until the monarch's daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore it to the pre-wedding dinner of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 2012. The piece was also worn by Sophie at the 2013 wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and a state banquet in 2014, leading many to assume it is on permanent loan to the Queen's daughter-in-law.

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Four-Row Pearl Choker

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The four-strand pearl necklace was made for Queen Elizabeth, who has allowed Princess Diana and Kate Middleton to borrow it. Kate most recently wore the piece at Prince Philip's funeral in April 2021.

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Cartier Halo Tiara

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Kate's wedding headpiece has been worn by many royal women, including Princess Anne and the Queen Mother. However, the Queen has never worn the Cartier Halo tiara publicly.

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Pearl and Triple Leaf Brooch

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Little is known about the stunning brooch, which reemerged when Kate sported it during a 2017 trip to Belgium. The Queen previously wore the accessory during her visit to South Korea in 1999.

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Queen Mary's Diamond Choker Bracelet

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Queen Mary was first to own this accessory, which was featured on the Queen Mother's wrist for her 75th birthday portrait. Kate Middleton has worn the bracelet, originally designed as a choker, multiple times in recent years — and happened to clasp it for the same 2015 state dinner with China where for which she brought out the royally beloved Lotus Flower Tiara.

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