Queen Camilla Wears Burmese Ruby Tiara to Japan State Banquet


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Queen Camilla chose the Burmese Ruby Tiara for tonight's State Banquet in honor of Japan's Emperor Nahurito and Empress Masako. This evening marks the second time Camilla has worn the historic ruby and diamond tiara; she debuted it this past November at the state banquet in honor of South Korea's president. Camilla paired the piece with a cream silk crepe embroidered dress by Fiona Clare.

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Queen Camilla, Empress Masako, Emperor Naruhito, and King Charles pose for a photo ahead of the State Banquet.KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH - Getty Images

The House of Garrard originally crafted the Burmese Ruby Tiara, which was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 1973. It features 96 rubies that were gifted by Burma to then-Princess Elizabeth upon her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947. "The 96 rubies are a symbolic gesture, as rubies in Burmese culture protect from illness and evil, in this case to protect the wearer from the 96 diseases that can afflict humans," the House of Garrard noted in a statement. "The rubies and diamonds are set in a series of rose motifs inspired by the Tudor Rose, the heraldic symbol of Britain."

In her 19 years as a working royal, Camilla has worn numerous tiaras—before becoming Queen, she favored the Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara, but since her coronation, she's turned to the royal vaults, opting for sparklers including the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara and a diamond and sapphire tiara that belonged to the late Queen Elizabeth.

It's been a busy month for the British royal family; last week, Queen Camilla attended all five days of Royal Ascot, joined by other royals along with members of her family including her sister, Annabel Elliott, her nephew, Ben Elliot, and her children, Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles.

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