Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara

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Today’s tiara is a long-hidden treasure from the coffers of Her Majesty the Queen. But the tiara dates much older than Queen Elizabeth II. It initially belonged to her grandmother, Queen Mary. On the occasion of her wedding in 1893, the County of Lincoln gifted the then Princess Mary a brooch composed of ten brilliant diamonds. Almost four decades later, in 1932, Queen Mary had a tiara made specifically to fit this brooch. The large detachable brooch sits within a platinum band of eleven flexible sections set with even more brilliant diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth II inherited this intricate tiara in 1953. The geometric design appears strikingly modern, which made it such a perfect fit for the very modern Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day.

Thank you so much for reading this week. I’ll be back on Monday with even more royal jewels. I hope you have a great weekend!


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