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January 25, 2014

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom's Delhi Durbar Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Garrard in 1911 as part of the parure made for the Delhi Durbar in India.  It used diamonds from the Diamond Loop Tiara.  Originally, ten of the Cambridge emeralds were set in detachable mounts on the top of this tiara but they were permanently removed in 1922 for use in the Vladimir Tiara.  In 1912, the tiara was adapted to use either or both the Cullinan III & IV and sometime before 1946 slight alterations were made to the center and top border of the tiara.
Queen Mary
Queen Mary (with Cullinan IV)
Materials:  diamonds set in gold and platinum
Queen Mary (with Cullinan III & IV)

Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom 
  2. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; from her mother-in-law in 1946
  3. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; inherited from her mother in 2002 but she has never worn the tiara publicly

Other Wearers:
Queen Elizabeth
Duchess of Cornwall
Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection/Roberts

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