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‘Charlotte came first’ – why ‘priceless’ Diana heirloom is going to Charlotte over Lilibet

Princess Charlotte ‘looking very grown up’ says expert

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Princess Charlotte, six, and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, four months, are the late Princess Diana’s only granddaughters, so it seems only fair they would inherit some jewellery from the beloved Diana’s collection. The two little girls have never met, but already the family heirlooms are being allocated for the young cousins to treasure as they grow up.

Palace insiders have said that little Charlotte will have her “pick of the palace jewels”, but there are a few pieces already being set aside for her.

According to reports, Diana’s “priceless” tiara will go to Charlotte when she’s old enough to care for it.

The Spencer tiara was most famously worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981, but she did wear it on other occasions too.

While some reports have claimed the decision to give the tiara to Charlotte, rather than Lilibet, is a snub, there is a simple reason: she’s older.

The tiara is currently in the possession of Princess Diana’s younger brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer who lives at the family’s Althorp House.

A source said: “[Prince] William is close with his uncle and has asked if his mother’s namesake tiara can be given to Charlotte someday.

“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.”

And little Charlotte is said to be “giddy with excitement” about the prospect, according to another source.

They said: “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.

“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.”

The Spencer Tiara, which dates back to the 18th century, has diamond-encrusted shapes of tulips, scrolls, and stars.

The piece is made up of several Spencer family jewels, including a wedding present to Diana’s grandmother, Lady Cynthia Spencer for her marriage to Viscount Althorp.

There is no official price tag for the piece, but it’s expected to be in the hundreds of thousands.

Charlotte may have a little while to wait until she gets her hands on the invaluable tiara, however.

According to royal protocol, women aren’t to wear their tiaras until their wedding day.

Usually, royal brides tend to loan a headpiece from the Queen for the occasion.

Charlotte’s mother, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, borrowed the Cartier Halo Tiara from the Queen for her wedding in 2011.

And Lilibet’s mother Meghan Markle borrowed the Queen Mary Bandeau Tiara for her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

But Princess Diana was an exception to the rule, as she so often was, opting rather to use her own family heirloom, the Spencer Tiara.

Perhaps Princess Charlotte will one day do the same

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