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Today’s tiara, Queen Elizabeth of Belgium’s Diamond Scroll Tiara, was made by Cartier in Paris in 1910. The hundreds of diamonds are set in platinum and the scroll motif gives the hefty tiara a very romantic feel. The scroll tiara was purchased by Queen Elizabeth of Belgium (1876-1965) and inherited by her son King Leopold … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth of Belgium’s Scroll Tiara
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 17, 2021) is Prince Philip’s funeral. May he rest in eternal peace. You might spot Prince Philip’s personal standard on his coffin. If you do, here is what each section stands for: The three lions and ten hearts are borrowed from the Danish coat of arms. Before his marriage, Philip was Prince … Continue reading How to watch Prince Philip’s funeral
Queen Soraya of Afghanistan (1899-1968), Afghanistan’s first Queen Consort, is photographed in her Diamond Star Tiara. Today Soraya is remembered for being a progressive royal. She was a vocal proponent of gender equality. Sadly, the Afghan Civil War (1928-1929) drove Soraya and her husband, King Amanullah, into exile. They settled in Rome. I do not … Continue reading Queen Soraya’s Diamond Star Tiara
The Duchess of Roxburghe‘s tiara, made by Cartier in the 1930s, features a modern, geometric design. The tiara is set throughout with sparkling circular-cut diamonds. The top is mounted with a series of larger collet-set diamonds. It’s a gorgeous tiara! Made almost 100 years ago, it is still very much a wearable tiara.
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