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December 19, 2011

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom's Lover's Knot Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made in 1913 by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard using diamonds and pearls from the Ladies of England Tiara, pearls from the top of the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara and a few more pearls from other pieces of jewellery.  It was modeled after a tiara owned by her grandmother, Duchess Augusta of Cambridge, and Queen Mary later had the top row of pearls removed.
Queen Mary
Queen Mary
Materials:  diamonds and 19 hanging pearls set in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
  2. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; inherited from her grandmother in 1953
Queen Elizabeth II
Duchess of Cambridge
Other Wearers:
Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
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Photos:  Munn/The Royal Collection/Getty Images

2 comments :

  1. This was not LOANED to Diana; it was given to her by the Queen on her wedding day. She reportedly shouted, "I got Brenda's rocks!" (QEII's nickname by the press).

    It was returned to the Queen after the divorce from Charles.

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  2. The tiara was given back to the Queen after the Princess' death. Part of the divorce settlement was that Diana retained all of the jewels given to her during the marriage.

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