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Favourite Royal Tiaras and Crowns

Okay, I surrender - you guys infected me with the royal bug. I got inspired by the BRF jewels discussion in the neighbouring thread and spent an embarrassing amount of time looking up tiaras. One of my favourites is the Luxembourg Vine Leaves Tiara, worn by Princess Claire on her wedding day. It was created in the 1850s for the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and is made of diamonds, silver and gold.

Which are your favourite royal tiaras and crowns and what are their fascinating stories?

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by Anonymousreply 26210 hours ago

The Boucheron Tiara that Beatrice wore to her wedding. Truly stunning.

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by Anonymousreply 111/12/2019

Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. I think it is the quintessential tiara look, that would work on any woman's head. It just screems head bitch in charge.

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by Anonymousreply 211/12/2019

I absolutely ADORE the Meander tiara which represents the Greek heritage of the current Mountbatten-Windsors. It's so minimalistic and just so... classic.

This tiara was a wedding present to Elizabeth from her mother-in-law, Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark. The Meander Tiara is in the classical Greek key pattern, with a large diamond in the centre enclosed by a laurel wreath of diamonds. It also incorporates a wreath of leaves and scrolls on either side.

The Queen has never worn this item in public, and it was given in 1972 to her daughter, Princess Anne, who has frequently worn the tiara in public, notably during her engagement to Captain Mark Phillips and for an official portrait marking her 50th birthday. Anne lent the tiara to her daughter, Zara Philips, to use at her wedding to Mike Tindall in 2011.

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by Anonymousreply 311/12/2019

Norway's Crown Princess Mary's Ruby Parure Tiara is one of my many fav's.

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by Anonymousreply 411/12/2019

Very nice, R4. For me, QEII's Burmese Rubies Tiara is probably the crown I like the least. Very cheap 70s style IMO.

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by Anonymousreply 511/12/2019

This is one of my very favorites--the Vladimir Tiara, with the famous Cambridge emeralds.

Someday, after my death, it will go to the Duchess of Cornwall, and then to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Guess which duchess it will never go to, for any reason? Guess who will never, ever, ever get to wear it? EVER.

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by Anonymousreply 611/12/2019

Supposedly it was not her first choice (she coveted a tiara with emeralds; the flap was called Tiaragate) but I thought the tiara Meghan Markle wore at her wedding to Harry was beautiful and went with her gown perfectly. It was Queen Mary's bandeau tiara. The center stone of the tiara is a brooch, which features ten diamonds and which Mary of Teck received as gift from the County of Lincoln in 1893 when she married then-Prince George, Duke of York. Forty years later, in 1932, the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara was specifically made to accommodate the brooch. The tiara is a flexible band of eleven sections, featuring interlaced ovals and pavé diamonds along with large and small brilliant diamonds. Queen Mary officially bequeathed the tiara to Queen Elizabeth when she died in 1953. Not gaudy like a lot of other tiaras, its simplicity makes it even more beautiful and dazzling.

by Anonymousreply 711/12/2019

I prefer this crown -

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by Anonymousreply 811/12/2019

A pity these crowns and tiaras are wasted on old women and their ill-favored grandchildren.

Oh to see a sensual, svelte (NOT ANORECTIC, sorry Kate) woman in a beautiful tiara...

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by Anonymousreply 911/12/2019

I think Camilla wears The Greville tiara beautifully. Not many can.

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by Anonymousreply 1011/12/2019

r4, that is indeed princess Mary wearing that tiara in your photo, but she is the crown princess of Denmark, not Norway. The Crown Princess of Norway is named Mette-Marit.

r7, the emerald tiara Meghan coveted is the one at r6: the Vladimir tiara. it is one of the queen's favorites, and probably her "blingiest" tiara since the Cambridge emeralds (often worn with it) are so huge. It will probably only be worn by whoever is queen--whether regnant or the current queen consort. Which brings me to r9...

r9, big jewels are supposed to be worn by older women, to distract from their wrinkles. Younger women in European and British society are supposed to wear smaller jewels, especially if they are pretty (as Kate and Meghan are), because their beauty is supposed to be ornament enough. So it makes sense that Camilla wears the big tiaras often to the crown by the Queen Mother.

The exception to that rule is always whoever is queen--they can wear big jewels when young, as Elizabeth II did. But that was because of her station, not because they would enhance her looks.

Many of Elizabeth II's tiaras will probably never be worn by anyone else in her lifetime: the Vladimir tiara, the big one with the rubies at r5, the big sapphire tiara (which is as equally ugly as the ruby one), the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara at r2, and the Imperial State diadem. They're just too big of a deal to lend to anyone else. Her daughter and her daughters-in-law get the castoffs.

by Anonymousreply 1111/12/2019

Liz Taylor had one (of course she would). It was given to her by Mike Todd. The tiara dated from around 1880 and was made of old mine-cut diamonds mounted in platinum and gold in a design that includes central scroll motifs topped by single diamonds and separated by latticework. It was sold when her jewelry was auctioned off at her death. It carried an estimated price of just $60,000 - $80,000, but bidders were enthusiastic throughout the sale and in the end the tiara sold for $4,226,500. Its current whereabouts are unknown. Back when Liz first got it it was considered unusual for someone technically royalty to be wearing a tiara; when questioned about the propriety of wearing one Liz supposedly said "Doesn't every girl have one?"

by Anonymousreply 1211/12/2019

This is the queen's sapphire tiara and parure, given to her by her father George VI. She looks great in sapphires because of her intense blue eyes, but I think the design of this tiara is pretty ugly even so.

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by Anonymousreply 1311/12/2019

R9 Okay, Miranda

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by Anonymousreply 1411/12/2019

R12 pics please?

by Anonymousreply 1511/12/2019

R13, here is QEIIs Brazilian Aquamarine tiara. I can't decide whether I love it or hate it. It's super over the top and, apparently, she kept adding to it throughout the years because the Brazilians gifted her a ton of aquamarines. There are also other jewels to go with it - a heavy necklace and earrings, and maybe more.

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by Anonymousreply 1611/12/2019

Here you go - Tiara-rama

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by Anonymousreply 1711/12/2019

It looks nice and pretty modest, R17 - in no way inappropriate IMO.

by Anonymousreply 1811/12/2019

r18 - yes, it was perfect for her because of it's verticality, it added height to her. The picture is a candid. Here's a younger, slimmer Liz w/Todd.

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by Anonymousreply 1911/12/2019

You can wear tiaras if you're not royal--most of the married British female aristocrats have them. And women in British and French and American high society used to wear them occasionally for the most special of special occasions.

The only thing that should prohibit you from wearing a tiara is if you've not been married. Only women who have been married are supposed to wear them.

Also, they're to be worn only for the fanciest of occasions: formal dinners while entertaining very special guests, balls, attending the opening of the opera season. About the only reason to wear them during the day would be for a coronation.

by Anonymousreply 2011/12/2019

I prefer the Teck Tiara. A big tiara for a big woman, who wore it well.

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by Anonymousreply 2111/12/2019

The tiara’s first wearer was Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, the daughter of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge and Augusta of Hesse-Kassel. She was the granddaughter of one king (George III) and the grandmother of two more (Edward VIII and George VI). Mary Adelaide married Francis, the Duke of Teck, and they became the parents of Queen Mary, linking them back once more to the main line of the royal family.

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by Anonymousreply 2211/12/2019

Interesting! I've never heard the married woman rule, R20. Why does it exist, do you know? I've always connected tiaras with princesses, i.e. unmarried young women.

by Anonymousreply 2311/12/2019

Teck Teck Teck!

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by Anonymousreply 2411/12/2019

If you want to follow the age-old tradition, then tiaras are only supposed to be worn by brides on their wedding day or by married women. This is because of the tiaras roots in classical antiquity - it was seen as the emblem of the loss of innocence to the crowning of love.

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by Anonymousreply 2511/12/2019

You learn something new every day! Thanks, R25!

by Anonymousreply 2611/12/2019

Love the Cambridge Lover's Knot

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by Anonymousreply 2711/12/2019

and the Grand Duchess Vladimir

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by Anonymousreply 2811/12/2019

And the State Diadem but I think that it reserved for a reigning Queen or Queen Consort.

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by Anonymousreply 2911/12/2019

Only fancy occasions, R20?

I, for one, like to wear mine when I’m doing the Sunday housework — just me, my tiara, and my feather duster.

(Sometimes that’s all I have on, tee hee hee!)

by Anonymousreply 3011/12/2019

Seriously, I really enjoy this thread, thank you OP.

by Anonymousreply 3111/12/2019

R4 . That tiara that Princess Mary of Denmark is wearing is stunning. Damn, it's gorgeous...and so is Mary.

I have to post it again:

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by Anonymousreply 3211/12/2019

[quote] Interesting! I've never heard the married woman rule, [R20]. Why does it exist, do you know? I've always connected tiaras with princesses, i.e. unmarried young women.

For some reason that's just a rule, and even still most aristocrats and royals obey it. (Princess Margaret was an exception.)

You won't find a non-Photoshopped picture of Princess Beatrice in a tiara, nor her sister Eugenie in one until her wedding day.

by Anonymousreply 3311/12/2019

Here's all the rules about tiaras.

Married women, women on their weedding day and princesses of the blood royal can wear tiaras, according to this. That explains why Margaret wore one before she married, but it doesn't explain why Beatrice and Eugenie haven't worn them before their wedding days (since they are of the blood royal, they should be able to)

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by Anonymousreply 3411/12/2019

I like the big, OTT ones that would be appropriate for a Miss Gay America or Drag Race queen ...

* The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (UK)

* The Empire Tiara (Luxembourg)

* Queen Sophie's Tiara (Greece)

* The Braganza Tiara (Sweden)

* The Stuart Tiara (Netherlands)

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by Anonymousreply 3511/12/2019

Classic thread on ugly tiaras

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by Anonymousreply 3611/12/2019

Hahhhaha, thank you, R36. Gotta love Princess Astrid and her antennae :D

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by Anonymousreply 3711/13/2019

The big ones just look like party hats.

by Anonymousreply 3811/13/2019

Does any other ruling house have a collection like the British? Seems they really cleaned up in Victoria's time.. I feel bad for these little kingdoms filled with Queen that must choose between maybe 3 gaudy tiaras and one modest selection, the Elizabeth would have gifted to a distant cousin decades ago.

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by Anonymousreply 3911/13/2019

Actually, r39, although nobody has a collection quite like the queen's in size, some of the other royal houses have equally nice stuff. Maxima, the queen of the Netherlands, has incredible jewels, and so do the Spanish and Swedish royal families--and Belgium and even Liechtenstein and Luxembourg have some decent stuff too. Norway has the most pathetic stuff, but it's hard to imagine they care much.

by Anonymousreply 4011/13/2019

Fuck off bitches. It's not the tiara, but the white princess wearing the tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 4111/13/2019

The Grand Duchess Vladimir (known in the family as "Miechen") wearing her tiara. It was bought by Queen Mary after the Grand Duchess' death.

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by Anonymousreply 4211/13/2019

Here is old Diamond Drawers herself, wearing the Vladimir Tiara with the Cambridge Emeralds fitted for it.

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by Anonymousreply 4311/13/2019

Am not sure if this is true, or if rules have changed over years but IIRC historically yes any woman could wear a tiara but only royal or noble ladies in presence of monarch/BRF. Only other qualification seems to be that woman in question must be married, or at least once was (widowed, but now guess divorcees are included).

Lady Diana as a daughter of peer wore a tiara when she walked up the aisle at her wedding. OTHO Sarah Ferguson did not (if memory serves) , but after being pronounced "man and wife" Prince Andrew and the Princess Andrew withdrew to sign the registry; there headpiece duchess of York wore previously was swapped out for a tiara.

In early part of last century la belle monde in USA fashioned itself after the royal courts of Europe, along with nobility and high society. The grand ladies of United States were determined to have everything (and more) that European women did, this includes grand houses and jewels. As such yes, many American women wore tiaras.

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by Anonymousreply 4411/13/2019

The Russian Large Pearl Pendant Tiara is my vote.

Sadly it like many other jewels belonging to the Romanovs was seized during revolution and hasn't been seen since.

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by Anonymousreply 4511/13/2019

My absolute favorite is the Cyclamen tiara which is owned by the Duke of Westminster. It seems to be only a show piece displayed in museums. I think there's only one known photo of it being worn and it's not really visible since the photo is ancient in B&W and the wearer's upswept hair conceals it.

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by Anonymousreply 4611/13/2019

I never liked the Vladimir tiara, it looks very heavy, and the design is repetitive and lacks delicacy. IMHO it's really too much for a small woman like Elizabeth, although maybe a bigger gal like Princess Victoria of Sweden could carry it off.

It's more attractive with the pearls in it. I mean, I love emeralds and wish I could wear them to work and the grocery store, but they do nothing for this particular tiara. At least the pearls give it a bit of delicacy.

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by Anonymousreply 4711/13/2019

I love this tiara, a favorite of Queen Letizia's. It's very beautiful, Queen Sophia and the two infants have worn it as well. Francisco Franco gave then Princess Sophia The Spanish Floral Tiara's as a wedding gift. Strange to think the Falangist dictator had such good taste.

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by Anonymousreply 4811/13/2019

Let's not forget Diana wearing the Spencer tiara. She wore tiara's with aplomb, a factor of her face, hairstyle and the fashions of the Big 80s.

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by Anonymousreply 4911/13/2019

[QUOTE] Guess which duchess it will never go to, for any reason? Guess who will never, ever, ever get to wear it? EVER.

And guess which duchess does not give a flying fuck about the fusty queen and her ugly tiaras? If she cared what the spazzy queen thought, she wouldn't be spending Christmas in the Maldives with Harry and Archie.

by Anonymousreply 5011/13/2019

R49 I always felt Diana’s horsey face made her tiaras look like expensive show bridles.

by Anonymousreply 5111/13/2019

Diana was ugly. Thin lips, huge nose, hooded eyes and dykey hair.

by Anonymousreply 5211/13/2019

As during French Revolution when France finally got rid of both the Bourbons and Bonapartes, it had the mother of all jewel sales. While a few pieces were kept most of the lot which had made up the "crown" and other jewels belonging to French royal (Bourbon) or imperial (Bonaparte) family was sold at auction.

History has repeated itself as now just like France and various French groups are spending huge sums to get back furniture, furnishings, and art from the infamous Versailles auction, they are doing so with the jewels as well.

One piece was a magnificent tiara once owned by Empress Eugenie (was a wedding present from her husband Emperor Napoleon III.

Wedding present or not, the magnificent pearl and diamond tiara was considered part of state French crown jewels, and thus empress Eugenie couldn't take it with her when fleeing France into exile. The piece along with others was at first on public exhibit, then when into that aforementioned fire sale.

Last owner was none other than that 1980' bad girl princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis . Having been purchased by the von Thurn and Taxis family decades prior Princess Gloria sold it as part of a huge unloading of art and other things in the mother of estate sales after Prince Johannes died.

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by Anonymousreply 5311/14/2019

I wonder how long it takes to make these elaborate tiara-ready hairstyles like the one on Queen Letizia ^ or even Elizabeth's usual regal curls? Any info on that?

Anyway, I like this tiara in the picture. I think Liz was married in it and it's really the absolute perfection in simplicity and style. My quick check reveals that it's called Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara and was originally a necklace.

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by Anonymousreply 5411/14/2019

Looks like green eyeliner to match the jewels at r49!

by Anonymousreply 5511/14/2019

I've always been partial to the Braganza Tiara owned by the Swedish royals. Queen Silvia does do it justice.

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by Anonymousreply 5611/14/2019

Empress Alexandra suffered from migraines, among other things. Tiaras brought about severe headaches, so she commissioned one that was much lighter. It was sold by the Soviets in the 1920s.

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by Anonymousreply 5711/14/2019

Here's Gloria Thurn un Taxis wearing Empress Eugenie's pearl tiara... with an 80s perm.

So why did she hold a fire sale? Did she succeed in wasting her husband's reportedly humongous fortune?

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by Anonymousreply 5811/14/2019

Margaret loved this crown because she was short, and it gave her some height.

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by Anonymousreply 5911/14/2019

I'm watching "Victoria" on Amazon Prime now. Not sure how historically accurate the costumes are, but some nice tiaras & crowns to look at.

by Anonymousreply 6011/14/2019

R58 Prince Johannes was quite good at spending down his family's fortune. Gloria sold it shortly after he died, to pay of debts and estate taxes. It was bought by the "Friends of the Louvre" and donated to the Louvre.

by Anonymousreply 6111/14/2019

Princess Charlene (Monaco) in the Lorenz Baumer Diamond Spray Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 6211/14/2019

[quote] It's very beautiful, Queen Sophia and the two infants have worn it as well.

I think you mean "the two infantas." An infant would be too young to wear a tiara!

by Anonymousreply 6311/14/2019

I don't really like the Lorenz Baumer Diamond Spray Tiara. The idea is good but to me, it looks cheap and like a head decoration for some New Year's Eve school play or pageant.

by Anonymousreply 6411/14/2019

Princess Charlene doesn't seem to like it either. She hardly ever wears it, preferring another tiara, the Ocean Tara (pictured), that Prince Albert bought her for her wedding, or to go (sometimes in defiance of convention) without a tiara at all.

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by Anonymousreply 6511/14/2019

The Ocean Tiara is GORGEOUS, R65! And looks great on her with that short hairstyle.

by Anonymousreply 6611/14/2019

He gave her two water-themed tiaras because she's a swimmer, which is kind of sweet.

I wonder if it's still true (as had been rumored) that she's a virtual prisoner in the palace and cannot leave Monaco? That would be less sweet.

by Anonymousreply 6711/14/2019

Albert fathered a child by another woman while he was with Charlene, before they married. I heard that she tried to leave him so many times that her passport was confiscated to prevent her fleeing Monaco.

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by Anonymousreply 6811/14/2019

Poor Charlene looks so unhappy at R62.

by Anonymousreply 6911/14/2019

This is horrible, if true, R67 R68. There is something wrong with this Albert. I'm convinced he's not straight and it's all for appearances but keeping a woman against her will is sadistic and scary.

by Anonymousreply 7011/14/2019

The City of London tiara worn by the Kents is one of my favorites.

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by Anonymousreply 7111/14/2019

I can't figure out why Princess Michael got all the nice tiaras and jewels when Princess Marina died, and yet the Duchess of Kent (the wife of Prince Michael's older brother, the Duke of Kent) didn't get nearly so much. The Duchess outranks Princess Michael.

by Anonymousreply 7211/14/2019

[quote] I don't really like the Lorenz Baumer Diamond Spray Tiara. The idea is good but to me, it looks cheap and like a head decoration for some New Year's Eve school play or pageant.

What do you expect? The Grimaldis were always tasteless and vulgar.

by Anonymousreply 7311/14/2019


Same reasons really many other European nobles have had to sell up; death duties and other issues meant the family needed ready money.

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by Anonymousreply 7411/14/2019

When I say "mother" of all estate sales, am not exaggerating.

Likely not since the French or Russian revolutions has so much royal or noble "stuff" been put up for bidding.

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by Anonymousreply 7511/14/2019

"After Prince Johannes' death, the Thurn und Taxis empire almost collapsed under the weight of death duties and adventurous financial speculation. The princely couple's extravagance also contributed to their mounting debts. Princess Gloria was forced to open the doors of her husband's castles and hold auctions. She also sold off most of the enterprises that were in deep financial straits, while reducing the family's expenditures. The Princess' actions to safeguard the future of her son's inheritance has raised the ire of many members of the family, yet she did not have other options. Johannes' death did not allow him time to prepare his affairs and thus reduce the amount of tax levied on the Thurn und Taxis empire by the German government. Princess Gloria's activities in favor of her son's future seem thus far to have saved a large portion of the family's patrimony. Long-gone are the endless parties, the constant thundering of nightclubs and the nasty encounters with paparazzi. These days, Princess Gloria spends most of her time dedicated to the upbringing of her children and to the dutiful restructuring of the Thurn und Taxis legacy."

Despite their territory being rather small, the Thurn und Taxis family is one of the richest in Europe, royal or common. Many other royal families would love to marry into or otherwise form an alliance with that princely family.

Thurn und Taxis were smart; they got themselves "dirty" by going into commerce/trade early one (postal service) and that is how they made their money. Further expansions into various industries created yet more wealth.

All this was at a time when royalty and nobility considered in common and vulgar to be in trade or otherwise work for a living. One was supposed to earn money from land and or investments. In fact until Edward VII began shaking up the peerage persons engaged in trade or whatever couldn't be presented at court. HM also greatly expanded the peerage by opening things up to bankers, bakers, brewers, industrialists, and others who made their fortunes by actually working for a living. Well at least they founded commercial enterprises and so forth. Prior to this you got a peerage primarily based upon services to the monarch or crown. This and or perhaps services rendered by a wife or daughter. Anne Boleyn's family was raised up when she became queen. Only to lose much if not all of it when she was beheaded.

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by Anonymousreply 7611/14/2019

HSH Prince Albert of Monaco likes his women dark.

While his sisters were out bedding all sorts of questionable men; PA was pulling black airline hostesses and a few others.

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by Anonymousreply 7711/14/2019

As Monaco was never going to accept a "dark" princess, and the succession wasn't secure Albert had to find a suitable bride.

Monaco's constitution makes clear, in absence of a heir the country falls under control of France.

Had PA not married and produced his two sisters could inherit but as they each have complicated lives things are better if a straight succession is assured.

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by Anonymousreply 7811/14/2019


Princess Marina died in 1968, long before Prince Michael of Kent married Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz in 1978 .

As common with nearly all families jewels were split between eldest and other sons; meaning Prince Edward (now Duke of Kent), and Prince Michael copped the lot. This is of course outside of any bequests or gifts to others.

This is how families keep their stones; they are passed down through male line, again usually the heir gets lion share or all, but sometimes things are split. As such don't believe Princess Michael "owns" much if any of her mother in laws jewels; rather they belong to her husband's house and will pass to his heir Lord Frederick Windsor.

Of course anything can happen.

If you recall Brideshead Revisited Lord Marchmain took such a violent dislike to his heir Brideshead marrying an old common widow (with no money), he essentially cut him off. The estate and other properties were split between Julia and Cordelia, this likely included the family stones since cannot imagine Lord Marchmain wanting someone he found so repulsive as his new DIL getting her hands on them.

by Anonymousreply 7911/14/2019

The Meiji Scroll Tiara used to have detachable diamond stars where the round diamonds are today.

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by Anonymousreply 8011/14/2019

"Johannes' death did not allow him time to prepare his affairs and thus reduce the amount of tax levied on the Thurn und Taxis empire by the German government"

Johannes was 64 when he died, and of a class when most people start their estate planning at age 21 and update it throughout their lives. If a man in his sixties hadn't taken steps to protect his children's inheritance, he was just a damn fool.

by Anonymousreply 8111/14/2019

"Johannes' death did not allow him time to prepare his affairs and thus reduce the amount of tax levied on the Thurn und Taxis empire by the German government"

Johannes was 64 when he died, and of a class when most people start their estate planning at age 21 and update it throughout their lives. If a man in his sixties hadn't taken steps to protect his children's inheritance, he was just a damn fool.

by Anonymousreply 8211/14/2019

I like the Vladimir Tiara and think it looks magnificent with the Cambridge Emeralds. I love the fact that there were/are so many of them that Queen Mary had a "stomacher" made from them. Essentially a girdle, it is a testament to QM's bearing that she could carry off the majesty of jewelry.

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by Anonymousreply 8311/15/2019

OP, check out this site also. While it's been on hiatus since January there is a trove of reading material and photos.

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by Anonymousreply 8411/15/2019

Oh, thank you, R84! What a gorgeous site! I have never seen that dress of Princess Eugenie in the latest post and it is one of the most beautiful sartorial creations I've seen in a long time.

Can someone among the DL experts here tell me more about the Cambridge Emeralds? I read a bit somewhere but am not quite sure if they are the ones that go in the tiara (detachable?) or those in the necklace/earrings? And why Cambridge?

I prefer to hear it from you guys.

by Anonymousreply 8511/15/2019

The story--and it may be just that--is that the Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850), youngest son of King George III to survive into adulthood--was on a trip to the Continent with his young bride Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassell when they bought a chance on a box at charity auction. Said to contain 30-40 cabochon emeralds, they came into the Cambridge family; thus, Cambridge Emeralds. Adolphus and Augusta had three children: George (1819-1904), later Duke of Cambridge, who married unequally, had three non-royal children; Augusta, who married into the German grand ducal family of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; and Mary Adelaide, who married Franz, Prince of Teck. Mary Adelaide and Franz were the parents of May, who married a distant cousin, Prince George of Wales, who became King George V. Through Queen Mary the emeralds are now part of the Crown Jewels. Mary had brothers to whom the jewels might have gone, but they all made aristocratic rather than royal marriages.

The power of jewels, and the history of them, are truly compelling. That's why I cannot stand those borrowed numbers on awards nights.

by Anonymousreply 8611/15/2019

[quote] Through Queen Mary the emeralds are now part of the Crown Jewels. Mary had brothers to whom the jewels might have gone, but they all made aristocratic rather than royal marriages.

Actually, the emeralds were inherited from their parents by May/Mary's adored brother Prince Francis, who left them in HIS will to his mistress. May, by this time Queen Mary, had to buy them off the mistress to avoid an enormous scandal. It ended well because she loved jewels so much.

by Anonymousreply 8711/15/2019

Spain’s Fleur de Lis tiara, worn beautifully by Queen Letizia in a simple black velvet gown.

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by Anonymousreply 8811/15/2019

Not a tiara or crown but jewels nevertheless...The Queen's brooches Part Four. If you missed parts 1-3, scroll down on the website below.

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by Anonymousreply 8911/15/2019

R67 She isn’t a prisoner of the palace. I think she has an arrangement with Albert. A few weeks back, while Albert and the kids were in Japan for the rugby world cup, she was acting like a trashy bar wench at bar in Monaco. Pictures and video were all up on Instagram. This princess stuff is all an illusion. Before the wedding, she was rather coarse and rough during the YEARS she dated and lived with Albert. And rumor is she lives most of the time in an estate on the French Riviera. She got extreme fame, fortune and a massive makeover with plastic surgery and designer clothes like she wanted and he got a legitimate heir.

by Anonymousreply 9011/15/2019

The Belgian Nine Provinces Tiara is very versatile. Swipe for photos.

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by Anonymousreply 9111/15/2019

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium's Cartier Tiara was worn low on the forehead or high on the head.

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by Anonymousreply 9211/15/2019

R86, amazing story! I also find the history and legends surrounding jewels at least as exciting as the jewels themselves. They take away with them a bit of the essence of their previous owners, being the focal point of so many passions and rivalry and being worn so close to the body - don't you think? I especially love stories about cursed jewels.

R87, I have read this story here! Although, did she buy them back or did she just take them, as she was wont to do? I've heard both versions.

R90, in spite of her riches I feel sorry for her. There seems to be more to her marriage than meets the eye. Albert strikes me as a major creep and living with him must have turned out less of a fairy tale and more the stuff of nightmares. Not to mention royal living seems to be less than easy, especially for women - all eyes are on them, they are heavily criticized and scrutinized, their every move is controlled and the expectations to bear an heir are huge. Some, like Empress Masako of Japan, have accepted their fate but at a terrible cost to their mental health and personal happiness. It's a huge sacrifice. I'd be hitting the bars too.

R92 I LOVE tiaras worn low on the forehead!!! I managed to find a photo of my actual favourite tiara - it was worn by the Queen Mother, also low on the forehead. It's simple and floral.

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R93 I wish someone would wear the Strathmore Rose tiara again.

by Anonymousreply 9411/15/2019

"Queen Elisabeth of Belgium's Cartier Tiara was worn low on the forehead or high on the head. "

That was a fashion during the 1920s, it wasn't something the jewelers who made the tiaras intended! Women were wearing headbands and "panaches" and cloche hats low on the forehead, and those who had family tiaras managed to jam them down several inches lower than they'd been intended to go.

I have no idea how one makes a tiara that's supposed to sit high on the head stay down on the forehead, unless nails were involved.

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Gosh I love those 20s fashions...

by Anonymousreply 9611/15/2019

r63 - sorry about the infants (infantas); it's also tiaras not tiara's.

"It was late, I was tired, they were friends" - I mean there's no edit button

by Anonymousreply 9711/15/2019

I’m still cracking up at Astrid’s antennae at r37. My god, that’s funny.

by Anonymousreply 9811/15/2019

And R87 I think that Queen Mary had her brother's will sealed due to its scandalous nature, thus starting another tradition of not publicizing royal wills. It wasn't an ancient tradition, but something from 1910 because those two (George & Mary) knew how to hold onto their throne. They'd later finesse this by changing the German house name during WW1, stripping inconvenient cousins of British titles, and, um, turning a blind eye to events in Russia.

by Anonymousreply 9911/15/2019

LOL, she looks like a friendly ladybug, R98

by Anonymousreply 10011/15/2019

I love you, R99 (etc).

by Anonymousreply 10111/15/2019

The Fife tiara, made for Victoria's granddaughter Louise, is one of the most beautiful Royal tiaras ever made. Pity it's so fragile now that it can't be worn.

By all accounts Louise was unbelievably dim and actually hated wearing the tiara, which is heavy and loud due to all the pivoting diamonds. But what piece of bling.

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Another stunner is the Oriental Circlet tiara. I usually don't like ones with colored stones, but this uses rubies perfectly.

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Not exactly Royal, but the Westminster Halo Tiara, owned by the Dukes of W and worn by their wives, is certainly something different.

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We discussed Queen Mary's battle to get those family jewels back in another thread.

Yes, Queen Mary had to buy back the jewels, there is no other logical explanation.

Nellie, the Countess of Kilmorey was legal owner of the Cambridge emeralds having been left them by Prince Francis of Teck. She already had them in her possession, indeed had wore them to coronation of Edward VII.

Despite ordering her attorneys to have the will sealed of late brother, Queen Mary couldn't have deceived, bullied or demanded the countess hand over the jewels as the lady must have known she inherited them free and clear. Had Queen Mary tried anything "funny", the countess would have been within her rights to bring legal action. She didn't steal, use undue force (mental or physical), or whatever to get Prince Francis of Teck to give her those jewels. More to the point the jewels legally and wholly belonged to Prince Francis to do what he pleased without restrictions.

That event wasn't the last time a member of BRF or even monarch had to buy back family jewels.

Edward VIII as Prince of Wales had possession of jewels that belong to the BRF, cannot recall if they were inherited from George V, and or part of what goes with being "prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, etc.." but never the less he had them.

After abdication the newly created Duke of Windsor forced his successor and brother George VI to buy the jewels back. Those funds plus the not small sums squirreled away as prince of Wales (all that revenue from duchy of Cornwall and so forth), helped the d. and dss. of Windsor live rather well aside from what money they got from BRF.

Before the device was ended, best way of keeping jewels in the family was tie them up with rest of estate in fee entail trust. This way a hard up eldest son or whoever couldn't sell, pawn or otherwise dispose of said property. It also prevented things from being attached or otherwise taken to settle debts.

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by Anonymousreply 10511/15/2019

I love tiaras worn in the 20s style. My favorite is the Lotus Flower Tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. A colored photograph from the 20s.

(I love how they hand colored photos back then!)

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Royal and noble women moved with the times fashion wise, and that included their jewels. As the Jazz Age replaced Edwardian many ladies updated not only their wardrobes, but hairstyles as well.

Tons of hair (your own or mixed with pieces) was common during Victorian through Edwardian periods. All that big hair made for easy anchoring of tiaras, especially larger varieties. When ladies began to "bob" their hair many of the old tiaras no longer worked; there was little to pin them down into. Hence all the tiaras which sat lower on head.

On another note royal/noble ladies were always reworking their jewels. When stomachers went out of fashion the things were broken up with stones set in other pieces.

Many royal or noble ladies found wearing all those jewels an ordeal, especially when it came to dressing for court or other formal functions such as a coronation.

The gowns in of themselves were often made from heavy materials and richly embroidered. In order to support the weight of various broaches, stomachers, honors et al often bodices had to be reinforced with buckram. This was on top of fact until they went out of fashion ladies would be tightly corseted as well.

Queen Mary like many other royal/noble ladies had a mannequin set up in her dressing rooms. There she and the others would spend hours "trying" on various jewels in aid of deciding what would be worn.

In regards to changing fashions, Queen Mary wasn't one of those women who went that route. She longed to wear the "shorter" skirts (if you can call ankle length short), that younger and even some older women were going with, but feared a violent response from her husband.

One day a plan was hatched. George V and his queen were due to attend an event. Queen Mary deputized one of her ladies who would be attending HM (a young maid) to wear one of the shorter skirts . Their majesties and court were in cars waiting to depart when the young lady emerged last to come out of palace wearing that short skirt. George V caught sight of her at once and promptly exploded. The lady was ordered to return inside at once and change into more suitable skirts. Queen Mary though gutted had her answer; this is one reason why until her dying days she was dressed in those long skirts.

In many ways Queen Mary lead a life to be envied; all the money she wanted to spend and so forth. But OTOH George V kept his consort on a very tight lead indeed.

by Anonymousreply 10711/15/2019


[quote]In many ways Queen Mary lead a life to be envied; all the money she wanted to spend and so forth. But OTOH George V kept his consort on a very tight lead indeed.

I can see why she killed him now.

[quote]What in fact happened was that Queen Mary and her son, soon to be Edward VIII, explicitly told the king’s physician, Lord Dawson, that they did not want King George’s life needlessly prolonged if his condition was fatal. There was no explicit command to commit a killing, but the way was left clear for Dawson to “do the right thing”, and he clearly understood this. He actually telephoned his wife an hour before killing George to get her to tell the Times to hold back its front page for the desired formal announcement. It was premeditated.

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Here's the Westminster Halo Tiara being worn. It seems to be one of those tiaras with interchangeable parts, the upthread picture showed it as all diamonds, but this woman has bits of turquoise in, as well as fifteen pounds of other jewels.

Who is she, BTW? A duchess?

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by Anonymousreply 10911/15/2019

I dunno, but she looks like John Inman in drag

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by Anonymousreply 11011/15/2019

former Dutch Queen Beatrix

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by Anonymousreply 11111/15/2019

I thought it was royal relative of Lovey Howell.

by Anonymousreply 11211/15/2019

[quote] My favorite is the Lotus Flower Tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Catherine Cambridge wears it now.

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by Anonymousreply 11311/15/2019

R109, that's socialite Rose Movius Palmer, an American socialite. The Westminster Halo was sold by the Duke of Westminster in the 1950s and ended up in the collection of Harry Winston for the next 3 decades, being borrowed by various celebrities. There's even a picture of Alice Cooper wearing it!

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by Anonymousreply 11411/15/2019

The Westminster Halo is quite stunning on the right woman, but in general it's a hard piece to pull off.

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by Anonymousreply 11511/15/2019

The Bagration Tiara (part of a larger parure) is a stunning diamond-and-pink-spinel creation bought by George Grosvenor for his fiance, Natalia Philips, in 1978. She wore it at their wedding.

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by Anonymousreply 11611/15/2019

George certainly had a type. The other girl he almost married was Sarah Spencer, Diana's older sister, another square-jawed redhead.

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by Anonymousreply 11711/15/2019

Is there a current brf thread? William's Glasses has been deleted.

by Anonymousreply 11811/15/2019

Gerald, not George, R116 and R117.

by Anonymousreply 11911/15/2019

[quote] I read a bit somewhere but am not quite sure if they are the ones that go in the tiara (detachable?) or those in the necklace/earrings?

Of the original "Cambridge" emeralds, they were used in a necklace, brooch, stomacher, and the Delhi Durbar tiara (now removed). It's said that three or four unused Cambridge emeralds were used for the Vladimir Tiara, while the remainder came from the Royal vaults and Garrards.

by Anonymousreply 12011/15/2019

[quote] I wish someone would wear the Strathmore Rose tiara again.

Supposedly it's currently unwearable. It needs a new frame and the diamonds resetting.

by Anonymousreply 12111/15/2019

Those Grosvenor Dukes all die young--the last several haven't made it to 70. The current Duke needs to get a move on with producing a male heir.

On topic, the Westminster collection of tiaras is rather diverse, and there are some rather odd ones in there. The only really pretty ones are the fringe tiara and the Faberge Cyclamen tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 12211/16/2019

If any of you bitches have 60K to spare, you can wear this fabulous confection to all the Christmas parties this year!

Go big or go home.

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by Anonymousreply 12311/16/2019

It's worth it!!!

by Anonymousreply 12411/16/2019

I love the Mellerio shell tiara - currently in the possession of Queen Letizia of Spain.

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by Anonymousreply 12511/16/2019

On the Queen.

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by Anonymousreply 12611/16/2019

Queen Mary had another pearl tiara which she wore for "lesser" occasions. It was an Art Deco lozenge diamond tiara with pearl spikes which could be removed by unscrewing them from the frame. The last person seen wearing this tiara was a young Princess Margaret and she wore it without the pearls.

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by Anonymousreply 12711/16/2019

Here's Margrethe II of Denmark being all ladylike

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by Anonymousreply 12811/16/2019

If QEII were quietly selling off some of her lesser-known jewels to maintain the family lifestyle in a time when the popularity of royalty and public incomes are in decline... would anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 12911/16/2019

LMAO @ Margrethe. She's a cool mothafucka with a tiara, no less

by Anonymousreply 13011/16/2019

Margrethe reminds me of an aunt of mine. I think probably everyone has at least one aunt who’s a little rough, a little loose, and doesn’t give a shit what you think about it.

by Anonymousreply 13111/16/2019

God, Queen Mary just looked like a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 13211/16/2019

Queen Daisy is a DL icon. Beloved in these parts. Her jewels are sublime, but more importantly she's personally designed some of the gowns and frocks she's worn with them.

by Anonymousreply 13311/16/2019

I didn’t mean to cast aspersions, R133. But you’ve got to admit that picture is a hoot.

by Anonymousreply 13411/16/2019

Daisy is a real royal and yes she's a hoot. The Danish monarchy is the oldest and longest running in Europe (since the 10th century). They are the real deal. No one is more regal, yet more chill at same time, as Margrethe.

by Anonymousreply 13511/16/2019

R3. The Meander Tiara is my favorite as well. I love the Greek design, it’s very unique.

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by Anonymousreply 13611/16/2019

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is off the the races with this elegant tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 13711/16/2019

I prefer crowns on men myself.

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by Anonymousreply 13811/16/2019

Did someone say Tiara?

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by Anonymousreply 13911/16/2019

My favorite tiaras are the ones worn by the queen of Finland!

by Anonymousreply 14011/16/2019

Another fan of the Fife tiara r102. It scintillates and sparkles.

by Anonymousreply 14111/16/2019

No, Queen Margrethe doesn't give a rat's ass what you queens-with-a-small-Q think!

Tell me, did this thing make the old "ugly tiaras" thread?

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by Anonymousreply 14211/17/2019

Um... is Queen Margrethe of Denmark actually color-blind?

Because she's wearing pink, yellow-gold, silver, orange, blue, and tobacco-stain brown at the same time.

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by Anonymousreply 14311/17/2019

She is dazzling. I think I’m in love.

by Anonymousreply 14411/17/2019

Margrethe is also a DJ.

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by Anonymousreply 14511/17/2019

The Queen's cousin, Princess Alexandra of Kent, can sure rock a tiara!

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by Anonymousreply 14611/17/2019

R146, it's a very versatile tiara. The pearls can be unscrewed and replaced with turquoises or sapphires.

by Anonymousreply 14711/17/2019

Queen Helen of Romania wearing a tiara belonging to the Greek Royal Family. (She was born a Princess of Greece and Denmark.) For many decades, the tiara was thought to have been sold, but it reappeared a few years ago on the head of Marie Chantal Miller whose father bought a marriage for her to Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

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by Anonymousreply 14811/17/2019

Daisy in a pearl and diamond tiara with a look on her face wondering, "How much is that bogan bitch of a daughter-in-law of mine spending on clothes this month???"

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by Anonymousreply 14911/17/2019

Known by many names, most commonly as the "Strawberry Leaf Tiara", it was originally owned by Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria. It was created using two smaller tiaras. The tiara was given to Beatrice's eldest son for his wife, the Marchioness of Carisbrooke who occasionally lent it to Queen Ena of Spain, her sister-in-law. Lady Carisbrooke later sold the rubies and in their place were set diamonds that belonged to Lady Carisbrooke's family, the Earls of Londesborough. The Marchioness died in 1956 and the Marquess in 1960. The tiara was either sold to Queen Ena before her brother's death or was left to her in his will.

The Carisbrookes had one daughter, who was all but disowned by the Royal Family by the time her parents died, so no royal tiara for her.

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by Anonymousreply 15011/17/2019

The Empress Feodorovna Pearl Kokoshnik Tiara. Made for Nicholas II's mother, the tiara was sold after the Bolshevik revolution and later became part of the jewel collection of Gladys, second wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough. The tiara was last known to be in a vault in the Philippines after being purchased by Imelda Marcos.

A replica was made a decade or so ago and has been on the market a couple of times with sellers claiming it's the original tiara belonging to the Russian Empress, but it's not.

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by Anonymousreply 15111/17/2019

I want Daisy to have all these nice tiaras! Bitch deserves!

by Anonymousreply 15211/17/2019

Jeez, Queen Margrethe sure likes to pile on the gewgaws!

But what the hell, what's a few more brooches! If you've got 'em, flaunt 'em, and matching your accessories is out anyway!

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by Anonymousreply 15311/17/2019

Daisy is a Queen for us all!

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by Anonymousreply 15411/17/2019

Excellent Queen, but Rotten Mother R154.

by Anonymousreply 15511/17/2019

And the Datalounge has a new best friend!

Seriously, can we make her a Gay Icon?

Not that that outfit couldn't make her a Lez Icon on its own.

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by Anonymousreply 15611/17/2019

Princess Fawzia of Egypt who was the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran. A large tiara that never looked particularly beautiful on its own, but was stunning when Fawzia wore it.

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by Anonymousreply 15711/17/2019

Queen Marie of Romania. Marie, or as she was known in the family, "Missy", was the daughter of Queen Victoria's son Alfred and a Russian Grand Duchess, so she was the granddaughter of a Queen and of a Tsar. Prince George of Wales (later George V) wanted to marry her, but Missy's mother wouldn't allow it, so George got stuck with May of Teck.

The circlet tiara Missy is wearing was sent to Russia along with her other jewels for safekeeping as the First World War broke out. Bad choice, of course and they were all lost during the Russian Revolution.

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by Anonymousreply 15811/17/2019

Holy shit, look at Marie of Romania wearing a monster of a tiara! It looks very Art Nouveau, but most AN jewelry is subtle and dainty, while you could sleep a baby in this sucker.

Lost during the Revolution, I presume.

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by Anonymousreply 15911/17/2019

I don't think I've ever seen so many ugly women and so much ugly jewellery in one place before.

by Anonymousreply 16011/17/2019

Marie is quite the striking woman. Interesting to think to think how different the British monarchy might be now had her mother approved of a marriage to George. For starters, Queen Mary's genes run rampant in the current crop of royals - from the distinctive hooked nose to the sausage fingers with their stubby nail beds.

And that Art Nouveau tiara is quite stunning, shockingly delicate for something that grandiose. I'm sure the current Princess of Wales..... ooops I mean Duchess of Cornwall.... would love to have it at her disposal.

by Anonymousreply 16111/17/2019

Queen Daily looking regal in the Danish Emerald parure:

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by Anonymousreply 16211/17/2019

A better view, from the long shot. Daisy again: check out the lime green satin gown (self-designed) and all the regal bling:

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by Anonymousreply 16311/17/2019

Queen Daisy's bright green emeralds coordinate beautifully with her bright yellow teeth.

by Anonymousreply 16411/17/2019

Hahhhahaha, so tell me, does Daysee have a girlfriend? I'd love to be considered!

by Anonymousreply 16511/17/2019

Daisy gives good QUEEN!

by Anonymousreply 16611/18/2019

What a grim parade of horrific yellow toothed old hoes. And you bitches have the gall to call Meghan ugly.

by Anonymousreply 16711/19/2019

The things you learn on DL when thread reappear numerous times over the years.

Tiaras and diadems are the same thing. While people may claim there are technical differences, there are multiple examples of both that violate the rules that supposedly distinguish between the two.

Tiaras and diadems are semi-circular.

All tiaras and diadems are a type of crown.

by Anonymousreply 16811/19/2019

Sorry R162, I just cant get past those yellow horse teeth to even see the jewelry. EEEEEKKKK!!!

by Anonymousreply 16911/19/2019

I thought diadems are only the ones that point upwards and are fitted behind the ears, like this:

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but oh god, my search for "diadem" yielded the most beautiful crowns I've never seen.

[quote]The “Palo diadem” - a golden diadem manufactured by Greek goldsmiths who worked in Taranto in southern Italy (in Apulia–Italy’s “bootheel”) in the 3rd century BC.

[quote]The wreath was probably discovered in one of the Lacrasta tombs—noted burial sites from Hellenic Apulia. The piece entered the Louvre collection when it was purchased by the second emperor of the French, Napoleon III, nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte—so its modern history is every bit as interesting as its ancient creation.

[quote]This sort of diadem was worn in Hellenic society by women only, and served a purely decorative purpose. Numerous examples have been found from across the Greek world during the time of Macedonian ascension, however this little crown is especially finely made and well-preserved.

[quote]The goldsmiths of Taranto were the master jewelers of their time. Their work was exported around the Hellenic world, but this diadem seems to have stayed close to home until Napoleon III purchased it. The piece inspired a resurgence of gold filigree work among the 19th century jewelers of Italy and France.

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by Anonymousreply 17111/19/2019

Here's Queen Mary's Crown. 2200 diamonds and the fucking Kooh-i-Noor!

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by Anonymousreply 17211/21/2019

But this is interesting, this seems to be an expanded version of the same Queen Mary's Crown with the fucking Kooh-i-Noor, but in this photo it has the arches and globe added to plainer circlet in the last photo, plus the purple fabric.

Does anyone know more about this fabulous piece, and how they manage to double its size?

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by Anonymousreply 17311/21/2019

r173, that is the queen consort imperial crown (sometimes called Queen Mary's Crown), and it is designed to be adjustable because it is to be worn at a male monarch's coronation by whomever is the female consort of the moarch. There is a legend associated with the Koh-i-Noor (the large diamond in it) that it must never be worn by a man.

it was last worn in 1937 by the Queen mother for the coronation of her husband George VI.

Queen Mary wanted to wear it sometimes as a diadem (that is, without the purple velvet cap and arches), which is why it is convertible. At a guess, I think this is so she could wear it this way sometimes in India for the State Durbar visit in 1911 to impress local royalty while reducing its discomfrot (though I do know she wore the full version of the crown for the actual durbar in Delhi).

by Anonymousreply 17411/21/2019

Thank you, R174.

And here's a picture of Queen Mary wearing the light version of the crown with the fucking Kooh-i-Noor, and thirty or forty pounds of other jewels. And smirking every so slightly, wouldn't we all.

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by Anonymousreply 17511/21/2019

Does he beat her? What's hr issues r68? Besides the hideous castle that the Monaco RF has to live in.

by Anonymousreply 17611/21/2019

Swipe for the Lotus Flower Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 17711/21/2019

The young Queen looks quite pretty here.

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by Anonymousreply 17811/21/2019

I'm having my labia majora fitted with diamonds and sapphires.

by Anonymousreply 17911/21/2019

[quote] Does he beat her? What's hr issues [R68]?

He might, there were rumors about him being physically abusive to women before his marriage.

by Anonymousreply 18011/21/2019

This isn't royal, but it is rather fabulous! Cartier ivy leaf tiara, with diamonds on blackened steel!

Why aren't black tiaras a thing? Too modern? To tasteless? Not a good color for Princesses Katie or Meghan?

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by Anonymousreply 18111/22/2019

I like Princess Alice's Meander Tiara. Swipe for photos.

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by Anonymousreply 18211/23/2019

R182, That really is rather fabulous!

by Anonymousreply 18311/23/2019

[quote] Why aren't black tiaras a thing? Too modern? To tasteless? Not a good color for Princesses Katie or Meghan?

The Swedish royal family have cut steel tiaras, but they're not black.

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by Anonymousreply 18411/23/2019

There are going to be problems when whoever is crowned next as queen consort because India keeps demanding the return of the Koh-i-Noor, and it is going to generate controversy if Camilla or Kate wears it at the coronation.

by Anonymousreply 18511/23/2019

R108 “ “The King’s life is moving peacefully towards its close,” was the final notice issued by George V’s doctor, Lord Dawson, at 9.30pm on the night of 20 January 1936. Not long afterwards, Dawson injected the king with 750mg of morphine and a gram of cocaine – enough to kill him twice over – in order to ease the monarch’s suffering, and to have him expire in time for the printing presses of the Times, which rolled at midnight...”

The author called it ‘involuntary euthanasia’. WTF.

by Anonymousreply 18611/23/2019

The Queen in diamonds and sapphires.

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by Anonymousreply 18711/23/2019

I'm not sure if this look works for Diana.

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by Anonymousreply 18811/23/2019

Diana kept trying to make jeweled headbands happen, but they never did.

by Anonymousreply 18911/23/2019

[quote]Diana kept trying to make jeweled headbands happen, but they never did.

Well, after Grease, who wasn't an Olivia Newton John fan?

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by Anonymousreply 19011/23/2019

Headbands were HUGE in the early 1980s, every other girl on the street was wearing one.

Diana's putting a sapphire bracelet onto a headband was following a trend rather than starting one, and it's not like other girls had their own sapphire bracelets to use the same way.

by Anonymousreply 19111/23/2019


Two things helped push that head band craze.

First thanks to "Fame" along with other things everyone and their mother was suddenly into being a *dancer*. Ballet, tap, jazz, disco, etc... it didn't matter everyone was going around in headbands, leg warmers, leotards......

Other big influence was the whole aerobics exercise craze that also took off in same decade. Jane Fonda among countless others IIRC all had various VCR tapes out at the time.

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by Anonymousreply 19211/23/2019

Honorable mention of DL fave Tracy James with his series of "The Frim" tapes.

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by Anonymousreply 19311/23/2019

Time to revive this thread. From Daily Mail.

[quote] The Queen [Elizabeth] allowed her 31-year-old granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, to wear the same tiara she wore at her own wedding in 1947. The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, fashioned in 1919 from a necklace given to the current Queen’s grandmother by Queen Victoria, is a treasured heirloom.

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by Anonymousreply 19407/18/2020

Beatrice in the Queen Mary tiara.

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Queen Mary herself wearing the tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 19607/18/2020

Queen Elizabeth in the Queen Mary tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 19707/18/2020

Finally, Princess Anne in the Queen Mary tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 19807/18/2020

Yes. I loved the fact that Beatrice was wearing both the Queen's wedding tiara and one of her most famous evening gowns. That said, I'm not crazy about the silver/diamond bits of that evening gown. Bridal dresses should be a big white affair, IMO.

Anyway, the whole thing is really touching.

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by Anonymousreply 19907/18/2020

The crown of Princess Sit-Hathor-Yunet, the daughter of Pharaoh Se'n-Wosret II. 1890-1840 B.C. XIIth Dynasty. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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by Anonymousreply 20007/18/2020

A crown dating from the late 14th century and believed to belong to Anne of Bohemia, the wife of King Richard II of England. It's part of the Treasury of the Munich Residenz.

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by Anonymousreply 20107/18/2020

Hahaha ! Bea pissed all over Meghans whole wedding look ! Wearing Queen Marys tiara and Elizabeths gown ! if that doesnt scream "Look who's in and look who's out" !

by Anonymousreply 20207/18/2020

My favorite is the very diminutive (only 4.5" in diameter) sapphire and diamond coronet which Prince Albert designed and had made for Queen Victoria. the diamonds are are set in silver, and sapphires in gold. It was inherited by Victoria's granddaughter Princess Mary, and after her death, sold to private individuals. It was recently purchased by an anonymous donor, and given to the V&A where it's on permanent display.

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by Anonymousreply 20307/18/2020

Bodices of Queen Mary's evening gowns were reinforced with buckram to support weight of jewels.

Like many royal and noble ladies of the period a dressmakers dummy was dressed in whatever outfit Queen Mary was going to wear. Once everything was settled wardrobe wise various jewels were brought in and tested. In end once entire ensemble was chosen it only remained for ladies/maids in waiting and dressers to transfer items from mannequin to their mistress.

by Anonymousreply 20407/18/2020

The Queen of Denmark looks absolutely grotesque, like an ogre in cheap jewels, and cheap frocks. Her face looks repulsive and her teeth are brown.

by Anonymousreply 20507/19/2020

R162 are you blind? There‘s nothing regal about that picture at all.

by Anonymousreply 20607/19/2020

This is regal. Fictional tiaras and crowns actually designed by people with taste.

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by Anonymousreply 20707/19/2020

R162 they don’t have dentists in Denmark?

by Anonymousreply 20807/19/2020

Love the blue and white combo

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by Anonymousreply 20907/19/2020

QEII's George IV Diadem eclipses all the rest for me for historic grandeur with class, as opposed to mere size (the Stuart on Maxima takes that prize closely followed by that Chicken of the Sea number that Silvia wears so often).

And the too rarely seen Russian Kokoshnik (as opposed to the Greville Kokoshnik that Eugenie wore at her wedding) with those solid bars of platinum and diamonds.

On the more delicate side, it's a shame the Strathmore isn't seen any longer - word is that it's too fragile. It was a gift from the Earl of Strathmore upon Lady Elizabeth's marriage to then Prince Albert, but even she didn't wear it at her wedding, although she could have. She wore it infrequently afterward, and it disappeared in the early 1930s - along with the fabulous large Kashmir sapphire engagement ring Albert gave her.

The Strathmore was an exquisite example of late Victorian style.

As for the engagement ring - those Kashmir sapphires can only be gotten through auction or private sale, the mines were empty by the last 1930s. Beyond doubt it eclipsed Diana's large cocktail ring. I'm sure the sapphire and diamonds in Diana's ring are fine quality.

But once you've seen a top quality Kashmir it's hard to look at others except perhaps for the good quality violet Ceylons.

Alas, there are no colour photos of the Queen Mother's original engagement ring, and no one knows where it is. It was very Art Deco: oblong in a platinum setting with stepped diamond baguette shoulders.

On the tiara side, I'm also partial to the staggering ruby and diamond parure given to Mary Donaldson by Queen Margrethe when Mary married Crown Prince Frederik.

by Anonymousreply 21007/19/2020

^*late (not last) 1930s

by Anonymousreply 21107/19/2020

Grand as are the jewellery and tiara collections in Europe, which is mostly to say Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, and Luxembourgh, I really do think Beatrix of The Netherlands had the most staggering vaults.

The rest of those in that group have plenty, and many of enormous size, but Beatrix's I think outclasses the rest for sheer number and grandeur and size of gems.

by Anonymousreply 21207/19/2020

^*Luxembourg (not Luxembourgh)

by Anonymousreply 21307/19/2020

NB: I also believe the Dutch and Lichtenstein royals are the richest in Europe - hence Beatrix's incredible collection. Yes, richer than QEII.

When the House of Orange sold Royal Dutch Petroleum (now just Dutch Petroleum unless it's been sold again) it made a fortune in the multibillions.

And Beatrix being a rather Big Girl herself didn't go in for delicate jewellery.

by Anonymousreply 21407/21/2020

R104 - The Westminster tiara looks much better worn as a necklace.

by Anonymousreply 21507/21/2020

R82 - Selling family heirlooms to pay death duties happens all the time with inherited estates.

David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort had to sell the Badminton Cabinet to a Johnson & Johnson heiress to pay death duties when the 10th Duke of Beaufort died . I would have sold that cabinet too as I think it is very "butt-face" ugly but there was a huge outcry from the public and his fellow Toffs of the Somerset Set when he put it up for auction.

by Anonymousreply 21607/21/2020

One of my favorite tiaras is the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara. It's worn by Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

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by Anonymousreply 21707/21/2020

Another shot of Mathilde of Belgium in the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 21807/21/2020

R218 - The Brabant is the one Mathilde wears most often - and that shot, if I remember, is as they were entering Vor Frue Kirke for Frederik's and Mary's wedding in Copenhagen.

Mathilde is very pretty but in an oddly uninteresting way. Talk of scandals - the Belgian royals have had their share, mostly concerning the younger brother, Prince Laurent. He looks like Harvey Weinstein, to boot, and no sane woman would have married him if he hadn't had that title.

Factoid: Philippe's and Laurent's sister, Princess Astrid, was very much liked by QEII and floated once as a possible royal bride for Charles. However, she was Catholic, which was a problem, and Charles wasn't interested in "Asty", which was another. In the end she married Archduke Lorenz of Austria, head of the Austria-Este branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorrainequite - somewhat handsome in his day, and immensely tall, and their eldest and heir to the Archducal title, Prince Amadeo (love love LOVE the name) who turned out a quite tall handsome dish.

Laurent used to be higher up the succession chain, but a change in the constitution giving women equal succession rights put Astrid and her children ahead of him. It doesn't mean much, as Mathilde gave Philippe four kids to be on the safe side.

by Anonymousreply 21907/21/2020

R219 - I believe you have the wrong Astrid. It was Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg who was once linked to Prince Charles. I remember the rumors. Marie-Astrid's mother was Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium so Princess Astrid of Belgium is Marie-Astrid's cousin.

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by Anonymousreply 22007/21/2020

I think this is the gayest thread in the history of DL.

by Anonymousreply 22107/21/2020

R220 - Thanks! I believe you're right!

And if Charles had had any brains, he'd have married at least one of them instead of Diana . . .

by Anonymousreply 22207/21/2020

R221 - And what of it?!

by Anonymousreply 22307/21/2020

^ Nah, that would be this one.

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by Anonymousreply 22407/21/2020

I like both of these tiaras from the British royal family vaults.

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by Anonymousreply 22507/22/2020

R225 - Ah, the one on the left is Queen Alexandra's full Russian Kokoshnik, and my personal favourite - often described as "a wall of diamonds", which were perfectly matched. I believe it was done by Garrard . . .

by Anonymousreply 22607/22/2020

Passing the crown ......

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by Anonymousreply 22707/22/2020

The Mountbatten Tiara was sold to a private collector. Swipe for photos.

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by Anonymousreply 22807/23/2020

Thanks for info on the Mountbatten tiara. Interesting that it was made for the Countess, as it has a distinctly "Indian" flavour, and the Mountbattens were so closely connected to India - for those who haven't heard it before, Countess Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru had a torrid affair. Despite Mountbatten's bisexuality, he was extremely upset by his wife's infidelities, including this one.

by Anonymousreply 22907/23/2020

Swipe for some Chaumet tiaras from various royal/aristocratic houses.

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by Anonymousreply 230Last Tuesday at 12:32 PM

R230 - Thank you Tiara Troll! Keep 'em coming.

by Anonymousreply 231Last Wednesday at 8:23 AM

It's Tiara Time...swipe for the Danish Turquoise Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 232Last Wednesday at 8:45 AM

The Diamond Floral Tiara worn by Princess Marie of Denmark. Swipe for photos.

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by Anonymousreply 233Last Wednesday at 8:46 AM

Continuing with are photos of the Pearl Poiré Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 234Last Wednesday at 8:48 AM

Swipe for the Baden Pette Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 235Last Wednesday at 8:49 AM

One last Danish tiara - the Emerald Parure Tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 236Last Wednesday at 8:50 AM

The Danish royal tiaras do tend towards the small and tasteful, don't they? Nothing vulgar, no ostentatious stones.

Definitely not the sort of thing Camilla will be asking to borrow.

by Anonymousreply 237Last Wednesday at 1:15 PM

Thanks to the Tiara Troll for the Danish set!

Do not care for the Turquoise or the Palmette

But love the Emerald Parure, Pss. Marie's Floral, the Pearl Poirte (not unlike QEII's exchangeable pearl/emerald drop tiara, the Vladimir) - not the extravagant Belle Epoque pearl and diamond necklace Queen Margrethe wears it with, which is also not unlike a necklace that the Queen has, and has leant to Kate to wear with the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.

And speaking of which - the SUN ran an article today stating that Tiaragate actually DID happen, and that Meghan later blamed, although there is no real explanation of why, the Queen's dresser, Angela Kelley, for "dragging her feet" on the tiara issue.

So, here we have Meghan yet again throwing the nearest entity under a bus to excuse her own bad behaviour (she was never going to get emeralds), and more or less admitting that she felt the tiara she got just wasn't good enough for the 36 year old American divorcee who'd once been a Deal or No Deal Suitcase Girl.

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by Anonymousreply 239Last Wednesday at 3:06 PM

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark one day is going to come in for some massive jewellery fun . . .

Queen Margrethe just turned 80. Wonder how long she'll last? I'm guessing at least another ten years.

by Anonymousreply 240Last Wednesday at 3:07 PM

R238 - If you believe anything printed in The Sun, I have some great beach front property in Yuma, Arizona I would love to show you.

by Anonymousreply 241Last Thursday at 9:08 AM

It's Tiara Time...swipe for some of the Japanese royal tiaras. It's just diamonds and pearls for these ladies.

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by Anonymousreply 242Last Saturday at 11:08 AM

Even Thailand has a Fringe Tiara. This type of design is my favorite style.

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by Anonymousreply 243Last Saturday at 11:10 AM

Swipe for some of Queen Mary's Tiaras

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by Anonymousreply 244Last Saturday at 11:14 AM

That Vladimir is one knockout of an accessory. Love the Thai Fringe, particularly in the first photo where the wearer has it on more widely, almost in a fan shape.

by Anonymousreply 245Last Saturday at 11:41 AM

The Luxembourg-Kinsky honeysuckle tiara.

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by Anonymousreply 246Last Saturday at 1:31 PM

Sorry, the above should be the Lichtenstein-Kinsky honeysuckle tiara.

by Anonymousreply 247Last Saturday at 1:32 PM

R246 Thanks. It is stunning; I never saw it before.

by Anonymousreply 248Last Saturday at 2:22 PM

Swedish Princesses Victoria and Madeleine wearing their grandmother's tiara with the huge aquamarines. It was inherited by their aunt when their grandmother died, but the present King of Sweden bought it from his sister to ensure it remains with the Royal House.

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by Anonymousreply 249Last Saturday at 2:58 PM

I hate the Bains de Mer tiara worn by the Serene Highnesses of Monaco. It looks horribly clunky as a tiara, it's better worn dissembled and used as three brooches, or hair pins.

Even Princess Grace couldn't make it look good.

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by Anonymousreply 250Last Saturday at 3:13 PM

The Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden Kokoshnik Tiara was stolen from a museum 3 years ago. It contained almost 400 diamonds and the estimated worth close to $1.5 million. The Grand Duchess was born a Luxembourg princess wore the tiara throughout her life and was her favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 251Last Saturday at 3:14 PM

Charlene of Monaco has a lovely spray tiara, when it's worn as a tiara it's a lovely, delicate, airy way to wear some thumping diamonds.

Even if it should have been paired with some subtler earrings.

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by Anonymousreply 252Last Saturday at 3:18 PM

Charlene's Spray Tiara is much prettier when she just wears half of it as a hair accessory. Isn't that enchanting?

And R251, your link doesn't work.

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by Anonymousreply 253Last Saturday at 3:21 PM

Not Royal, but damned close. This Art Deco diamond tiara was made by Cartier for Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, daughter of the Marquess of Crewe and wife of the 9th Duke of Roxburghe.

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by Anonymousreply 254Last Saturday at 3:28 PM

I meant to post the below here but accidentally posted it in one of the Harry/Megan threads.


I don't think the emerald tiara that Meghan wanted was the Greville tiara that Eugenie wore because that tiara hadn't been seen in public in decades and was completely off the radar. Where would Meghan have heard about it?

I think she wanted this one, which Albert designed and presented as a gift to Victoria. It's been on display in Kensington Palace for two or three years and a reproduction was seen in an early episode of The Crown. Meghan could have seen it either place. She supposedly taught herself about royal life by watching The Crown.

What she probably didn't know is that the piece is no longer in the possession of the BRF. Victoria gifted it to one of her daughters when the daughter married the Duke of Fife and the Fife family still owns it. And it is being displayed in a museum like setting because it is now far too fragile to wear -- it would fall apart.

Of course, she could have demanded the Vladimir. She's stupid and ballsy enough to demand HM surrender one of her personally owned and most cherished pieces of jewelry that no one else has ever been allowed to wear.

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by Anonymousreply 255Yesterday at 7:54 AM

R255 WOW! I’d throw a mighty temper tantrum to get my hands on this tiara too! It’s spectacular.

by Anonymousreply 25619 hours ago

R252 Darling, that picture is clearly labeled as photoshopped. She’s never worn those earrings with the tiara. Plus the tiara is only one-sided. See R253’s picture.

by Anonymousreply 25715 hours ago

I like this folksy tiara worn by the "Dragon Queen" of Bhutan.

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by Anonymousreply 25812 hours ago

It's Tiara Time...swipe for the Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara. What a big clunker.

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by Anonymousreply 25911 hours ago

An amethyst tiara worn by the Norwegian Crown Princess.

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by Anonymousreply 26010 hours ago

R254 - That's a stunner. Thanks for digging it up!

by Anonymousreply 26110 hours ago

R260 - Nice photo of Mette-Marit.

The Norwegian emerald parure isn't so much less of a clunker than Queen Margrethe's (Denmark), the problem is the huge square centrepiece. Emeralds generally look better in emerald, square, oval, or baguette cuts than in rounds, but this piece would have been better served with a slightly smaller central emerald that went with the rest of the tiara, and turned the bit square centre into a brooch or pendant.

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