It's maybe stupid, but what is the difference between tiaras and crowns?
Definitions like this are hard because there are always going to be pieces that don’t neatly fit into one of the categories but I’ll try my best. So a crown is a jewelled headpiece that is worn by a monarch, consort, or sometimes heir that forms a complete circle around the head. A crown typically features a velvet cap, arches, and heraldic symbols. The British are the only ones that really still use their crowns since most European monarchies have stopped having coronations but some countries still bring them out and display them for special occasions even if they aren’t worn. By contrast a tiara is a semi-circular jewelled head ornament that can be worn by anyone not just royalty. For me I often think about what it’s purpose is, crowns are used for coronations and official state ceremonies like the opening of parliament whereas tiaras can be worn whenever the dress code calls for them. But like I said earlier there are always going to be pieces that fall somewhere between like the British queens’ regal circlets which go all the way around the head and feature heraldic symbols but are used in a more general way like a tiara. Here are a few crowns…
Crown of King Christian V of Denmark
Crown of Louis XV of France
Crown of King Willem II of the Netherlands
Crown of Carl III Johan of Norway
Crown of Eric XIV of Sweden
Imperial State Crown of King George VI of the United Kingdom
And a tiara is basically everything else featured on this blog. I’ll queue up some of the British regal circlets so you know what I’m talking about with those.