Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, looked glamorous as she attended the reception with her husband, Prince Charles, 71, last night. The event is held each Christmas with ambassadors, government officials and high commissioners attending. For the occasion, Camilla stood out in the eye-catching Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara, or Greville Tiara, which is worth a staggering £3million.
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Camilla paired the look with a Bruce Oldfield cream satin dress that had long sleeves and a full floor length skirt.
It had a floral pattern across the skirt and sleeves and she dressed up the look by wearing a diamond brooch.
However, it was Camilla’s dazzling tiara which caught the most attention at the event.
The Boucheron Honeycomb tiara, also known as the Greville Tiara, is thought to be worth as much as £3million.
The tiara has been in the royal collection since it was given to the Queen Mother by Mrs Greville in 1942.
While in the possession of the Queen Mother, it had alterations by the French designer, Cartier.
The large headpiece attracted attention as it was covered in rows of round diamonds.
Deborah Papas, gemmologist and jewellery expert from Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn told Express.co.uk: “The design was altered by The Queen Mother in 1953 which she had carried out by Cartier.
“The main piece has three very large tapered diamonds rubover set in the centre of elongated hexagons which are pavé set with more diamonds.
“The top ‘row’ had five tapered rubover diamonds which were altered to a cluster of four diamonds and one extra marquise cut diamond for the centre giving it a grander ‘taller’ feel.
“Although it is called the Greville tiara, it has been known to be called the Boucheron Honeycomb tiara after its creator.”
The diamond and platinum headpiece was worn by the Queen Mother on many occasions before it was bequeathed to the Queen in 2002.
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Although the Queen has not worn the tiara in public, this is not the first time the Duchess of Cornwall has donned the item.
When she tied the knot with Prince Charles in 2005, the Greville tiara was loaned to Camilla on a long-term basis and she has worn it over the years.
The eye-catching piece has a honeycomb design with a collection of diamonds across it.
As well as the round diamonds set across the design, it was given millegrain detailing on the platinum which made it even more eye-catching.
Last night, Camilla completed the look with a pair of drop diamond earrings and a pearl necklace.
Although it is likely to stay in the royal collection, the tiara could fetch a mind-blowing sum of money if it were to be sold.
“A difficult piece to put a value but set in platinum with its numerous stunning diamonds and given the fact it is a Boucheron piece, I would estimate it to be in the region of £2 to £3million,” Deborah added.
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