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December 9, 2011

Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom's Kokoshnik Tiara


Creation:  This tiara was commissioned by the Marchioness of Salisbury from Garrard in 1888 using money from the 365 peeresses of the United Kingdom.  It can be worn as a necklace and in 1895 a new frame was made for the tiara.

Queen Alexandra
Queen Mary
Materials: 488 diamonds set in white and yellow gold

Provenance:

  1. Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom; from the Ladies of Society on the occasion of her 25th wedding anniversary in 1888
  2. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1925
  3. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; inherited from her grandmother in 1953
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
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Photos: The Royal Collection/Roberts

1 comment :

  1. There are a number of photographs of this piece with a colored stone at the bottom of the center vertical element. This stone seems to have been removed when the new frame was made. Has anyone any detail on the why and wherefore?

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