Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

Our fifth aquamarine tiara post for March, here’s the Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara!

Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, debuted her Aquamarine Tiara during the Coronation festivities of Prince Albert II of Monaco, in 2005. Prior to 2005 Sophie only had one tiara which she wore, her wedding tiara (Wessex wedding tiara), so the debut of Sophie’s new tiara was quite exciting for those of us interested in Sophie’s tiara occasions (and we imagine for Sophie as well!). There was one brief appearance of a tiara of unknown origin at Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark’s wedding to Mary Donaldson, but it hasn’t been seen since.

The fact that her new tiara is such a beautiful aquamarine and diamond tiara, and can also be converted and worn as a necklace, makes it’s even more appealing. It looks as if the aquamarine is significantly lighter in colour in the photographs of it being worn as a necklace – it may be a trick of light, or be on account of the tiara setting.

Very little is known about this tiara, aside from it being made of aquamarines and diamonds. There has been speculation that Prince Edward designed it himself, and also that it comes from pieces already within the Royal Family. Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. We hope more information on this gorgeous tiara of Sophie’s will come to light soon.

Here’s Sophie debuting her aquamarine tiara at the Coronation Gala of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Sophie seems to be wearing a matching pair of aquamarine earrings and necklace.

Sophie wearing the aquamarine tiara in necklace form

Let’s hope Sophie wears her aquamarine and diamond tiara again soon – it’s a favourite!

Next up and our last post on aquamarine tiaras for March, something a bit unexpected from the Princely House of Ligne in Belgium.

Links to our previous aquamarine tiara posts: Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure, and The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

For the fourth installment of our look at aquamarine tiaras for March courtesy of guest poster Sarah, here’s the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden!

The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden has a long and unique history, and a British origin. The first wearer of the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara was HRH Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, born HRH Princess Margaret of Connaught, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter through Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 3rd son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, and his wife, Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. When Princess Margaret married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in June 1905 (they were married at Windsor Castle, and then traveled to Sweden after their honeymoon), she brought with her the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and a matching brooch. The tiara consists of aquamarines surrounded by large diamonds, in the style of a kokoshnik (a popular Russian headdress that inspired many tiaras).

Crown Princess Margaret (she died suddenly before her husband became King of Sweden) left the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara to her son, Prince Gustaf Adolf who gave it to his wife Princess Sibylla (born HH Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, through their fourth son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. Sibylla and her husband were 2nd cousins). Princess Sibylla wore the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara often, and it seems to have been a favourite tiara of hers.

Princess Sibylla in a formal portrait

Princess Sibylla in Court robes

Princess Sibylla

Princess Sibylla then gave it to her daughter Princess Margaretha. Princess Margaretha is the eldest sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She is properly known as Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (her late husband was Mr. John Ambler). It seems very appropriate that Princess Margaretha was given her grandmother Crown Princess Margaret’s tiara, as she was named after her.

Princess Margaretha wearing the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara at her niece Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s 2010 wedding to Daniel Westling. This photograph also shows off the matching aquamarine brooch. The tiara hadn’t been seen since her daughter wore it at her wedding in 1998, so it was a happy surprise to see it worn by Princess Margaretha! You can really see how beautifully this tiara sparkles from this photograph.

Princess Margaretha’s daughter Sibylla Ambler wearing the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara at her wedding to Baron Cornelius von Dincklage in 1998

So, what do you think of this one? Next up in aquamarine tiaras, HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex’s aquamarine tiara (it can also be worn as a necklace!)

This is the fourth in our aquamarine tiara feature – first was Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, second The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, and third Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parur

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure

HM Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure

                       Here worn by HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands

The Dutch Royal House has a beautiful collection of aquamarines, which have been collected since the 1920’s. Many of the pieces have great sentiment attached to them, and have been worn by many of the ladies of the Dutch Royal House. Queen Juliana’s Aquamarine Parure was purchased by one of the House of Orange-Nassau Foundations, so it belongs to the Foundation and cannot be split up among any heirs (important given the equal inheritance rules in Dutch law). This ensures it remains available to the Royal House to wear.

In 1927 as an eighteenth birthday present Princess Juliana received from her parents Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Henry an art deco style tiara of Brazilian aquamarines and diamonds set in platinum, from the Dutch jeweler Kempen, Begeer & Vos.The base of the tiara is a geometric assortment of square-cut aquamarines, topped with seven briolette aquamarines.

Princess Juliana received from her grandmother the Dowager Queen Emma, an aquamarine and diamond demi-parure. It’s an Edwardian/Belle Époque style demi-parure of a necklace, made by Burnier in The Hague. The long necklace (a sautoir) consists of one rectangular aquamarine, and six square aquamarines. The sautoir can be shortened and worn as a bracelet.

In 1937 Queen Juliana received a wedding present from her husband Prince Bernhard of a long necklace with a large pear-shaped aquamarine pendant.

Queen Juliana also received a wedding gift from her mother-in-law, Queen Armgard, which is a set of briolette aquamarine earrings. These earrings match the briolette aquamarines in the tiara.

Queen Juliana received a brooch from Prince Bernhard as an anniversary gift, a cushion cut aquamarine brooch in platinum, surrounded by smaller aquamarines.

The demi-parure also includes another large rectangular brooch.

After WWII and the Dutch Royal Family’s return to Holland (they spent the war living in Canada and Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa), Queen Juliana started to wear all of the aquamarine pieces together, as a parure. She had previously worn them only as separate pieces. As you can see, Queen Juliana and her three daughters, Princess Beatrix (now Queen Beatrix), Princess Irene, and Princess Margriet, wore the aquamarines in separate pieces, as well as the full tiara and parure, over the years.

It is now only worn as an entire set by by HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the wife of the heir to the Dutch throne HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, and HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, a younger sister of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix and other family members continue to wear parts of the aquamarine parure.
Isn’t it nice that the Dutch Royal Family share tiaras and parures as much as they do – allows us to see more jewelry!!

HRH Princess Margriet

Here’s HRH Princess Máxima

This is the third in our series of aquamarine tiaras for March – the first was Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips and the second was The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara.

Stay tuned for a post on an Aquamarine Tiara from Sweden – the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden!

The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara

Continuing our featuring of Aquamarine Tiaras in honour of March, here’s a beautiful piece that has most recently been worn by HRH Princess Anne The Princess Royal – The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara!

These interesting posts on aquamarine royal jewels are written by guest poster Sarah Taylor. Thank you, Sarah! Here we go…

The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara

The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara was commissioned by HM King George VI from Cartier as a wedding anniversary gift for his wife HM Queen Elizabeth. It is also known as Princess Anne’s Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, or HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Cartier Aquamarine Tiara. This tiara is composed of aquamarines and diamonds arranged in a pine cone motif (hence the ‘pine flower’ designation), interspersed with large upright rectangular aquamarines and smaller diamonds.

Here is HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wearing the Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara.

It does not seem to have been a favourite tiara of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and the next recorded wearing of it we have is when it was passed along to her granddaughter, HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

Here’s Princess Anne wearing it on a tour of Australia in 1974. Doesn’t it look colourful and festive on her?

A formal portrait:

Princess Anne had the tiara shortened at some point, and the large central aquamarine made into a pendant, which she seems to have also worn as a brooch. You can see the difference between the original tiara on the left, and the altered tiara on the right in the central stone – the altered tiara has a single large rectangular aquamarine as its centerpiece.

It looks like Princess Anne is wearing the detached central aquamarine cluster as a brooch in this photograph. What do you think?

This is the second of our aquamarine tiara posts (first up was Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips). Up next in aquamarine tiaras, something completely different – from the Netherlands – Queen Juliana’s Aquamarine Tiara and Parure.

Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips

In honour of aquamarine being the birthstone of March, we here at the Royal Post thought it would be interesting to focus on tiaras that feature aquamarines. This post will focus on Queen Elizabeth’s Aquamarine Tiara and her Boucheron Diamond Clips, and we have a couple of more posts to follow on other aquamarine tiaras. Stay tuned!!

Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips

This is a modern tiara story. In 1953 Queen Elizabeth was given a necklace and matching pendant earrings in aquamarine, diamonds and platinum by the President and People of Brazil, as a Coronation gift. It had taken well over a year to locate the perfectly matching aquamarines that are featured in the pendant earrings, as well as the nine oblong aquamarines in the necklace and even larger aquamarine in the necklace pendant. They were made by Mappin & Webb, Rio de Janeiro in 1953. These are very large aquamarines and they certainly make an impression! Queen Elizabeth has now altered the pendant drop so it is a detachable and slightly aquamarine surrounded by a cluster of diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth so liked this aquamarine set that in 1957 she commissioned Garrards & Co, London to create a matching tiara for her. This tiara originally was in the form of a bandeau with 3 upright detachable aquamarines (they could also be worn as brooches), on a platinum band. The central large aquamarine was the original necklace pendant drop given to the Queen in 1953. Queen Elizabeth had the tiara redesigned in 1971. It was believed that she had incorporated pieces from a smaller aquamarine tiara gifted to her by the Governor of São Paulo in 1968.

Here’s Queen Elizabeth wearing the aquamarine tiara from the Governor of São Paulo, which Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore to the wedding of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie Lannoy in October 2012. Click here for our post on that wedding!

Here’s Queen Elizabeth wearing the original tiara in bandeau form, with the matching pendant earrings and necklace

Here you can see Queen Elizabeth wearing the tiara in its original form and the altered final form. Note that in the first photo, you can also see the original, unaltered form of the necklace. The final, altered form is in the second photo.

Here’s a photo showing the HM Queen Elizabeth wearing the necklace without the detachable pendant

Here’s Queen Elizabeth wearing the altered and final version of the tiara

The Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Bracelet was given to her by the Government of Brazil in 1958 to complete the original coronation set. The bracelet consisted of seven oblong aquamarines with diamonds – it was later shortened to five aquamarines with diamonds.

At the same time, the Government of Brazil finished the Parure by contributing the Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch.

Queen Elizabeth wears other pieces of aquamarine jewelry, including the Boucheron Aquamarine and Diamond-Clip Brooches given to her in 1944 as an eighteenth birthday present by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. HM The Queen often wears the Boucheron clips. They seem to be a favourite of hers!

Here is HM Queen Elizabeth wearing the Boucheron Aquamarine and Diamond Clips during her and HRH Prince Philip’s historic visit to Ireland in 2011:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth decked out at Buckingham Palace, March 2006

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on HRH Princess Anne’s Cartier Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara…

The Oriental Circlet Tiara

Happy Monday everyone! Our guest poster Sarah Taylor has returned to discuss another of Queen Elizabeth’s gorgeous ruby tiaras. Her last post was on Queen Elizabeth’s Burmese Ruby Tiara and today we are reviewing the Oriental Circlet Tiara, pictured below.

The Oriental Circlet Tiara, also known as the Indian Ruby Tiara, was commissioned by Prince Albert the Prince Consort in 1853 as a gift to his wife, Queen Victoria. Knowing the provenance explains why it is also known as Queen Victoria’s Oriental Circlet Tiara. So many names! Anyhow, Prince Albert also designed the tiara and it is based on ‘Moghul’ arches surrounding lotus flowers. Prince Albert had been impressed by the various jewels give to Queen Victoria by the East India Company at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, and it inspired him to design this tiara.

Prince Albert was often involved in the design and setting of Queen Victoria’s jewelry, as she said herself in a quote verified by the Royal Collection webpage, “Albert has such taste & arranges everything for me about my jewels.”  The tiara was created by Garrard & Co and consists of diamonds, rubies and gold.

Notably, the original Oriental Circlet Tiara that Queen Victoria wore was designed not with rubies, but with opals. Her daughter-in-law Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, who received the tiara in 1901, later had the opals replaced with Burmese rubies, as she felt opals caused bad luck. The rubies had been given to Queen Victoria in 1873. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were both very fond of opals, and Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria many pieces of opal jewelry during their marriage. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert gave each of their daughters opals upon their marriages, as well as gifting Princess Alexandra of Denmark (the future Queen Alexandra) an opal parure consisting of three broaches, a cross, a pair of earrings, and a bracelet (she wore the opal and diamond bracelet on her wedding day).

The Oriental Circlet Tiara passed to Queen Alexandra’s daughter-in-law, Queen Mary, wife of King George V, in 1925. It does not seem that HM Queen Mary wore the Oriental Circlet Tiara. She was well known for her great interest in jewelry, which makes the omission of the Oriental Circlet Tiara from her tiara appearances unusual.

In 1937 the Oriental Circlet Tiara was passed to HM Queen Elizabeth, wife of King George VI, known these days at HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It was passed to Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her coronation as Queen Consort of King George VI. The Oriental Circlet Tiara was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth, and she wore it on many occasions throughout her life.

Here is Queen Elizabeth wearing it in Ottawa, Canada in May 1939. She is standing next to Canadian Prime Minster William Lyon Mackenzie King. Perhaps she picked it out since the red rubies would be seen as rather patriotic to Canadians…

and here she is with it on two more occasions:

It’s nice to see her all decked out in rubies.

The cluster and drop necklace, and the pendant earrings which are paired with the tiara, are part of the original Oriental Circlet set belonging to Queen Victoria. Queen Alexandra replaced all of the opals in the tiara, earrings and necklace with rubies.

HM Queen Elizabeth II has worn the Oriental Circlet Tiara since the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002. It is worth noting that at all times the Oriental Circlet Tiara has remained Crown Property, and not the personal property of the wearer. It was left to the Crown by Queen Victoria, with the intention that it would be born by future Queens, which it has. It is part of the Royal Collection.

Here HM The Queen pairs it with the Baring ruby necklace and Queen Mary’s ruby earrings, both of which she wears often, and which she has also paired with her Burmese Ruby Tiara.

So what do you think? Is this one of your favourites? Do let us know if there are any other tiaras in particular you’d like to hear more about!

Queen Elizabeth’s Burmese Ruby Tiara

Happy Monday! Today we’re taking a look at some more royal jewels, thanks to guest blogger Sarah Taylor. This is usually referred to as the Burmese Ruby Tiara and is quite unlike any other tiara in Queen Elizabeth II’s personal jewelry collection. It is in the form of a wreath of red roses, with the roses consisting of the Burmese rubies and gold, and the petals composed of diamonds and silver. It is a relatively new tiara; Queen Elizabeth had this tiara commissioned in 1973 from Garrad & Co.

The tiara has  a special history. It is made out of 96 Burmese rubies which were a gift from the people of Burma to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947. The significance of 96 rubies is that 96 is the number of diseases that the Burmese traditionally people believe can afflict the human body, so these rubies are meant to protect against illness and disease.

The diamonds that are used in this tiara are believed to be from a tiara given to Princess Elizabeth by the last ruling Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar as a wedding gift. As a billionaire, the Nizam was widely considered the richest man in the world in the 1940s. He passed away in 1948 and Hyderabad and Berar are now part of India. It is believed that the original tiara (pictured below) was dismantled, and the diamonds used in the creation of the Burmese Ruby Tiara. There was also a matching necklace from the Nizam, which is still in use. Both the tiara and necklace were made by Cartier.

Here’s a picture of that tiara. It’s quite feminine:

and here it is on Her Majesty’s head:

For this portrait, Her Majesty paired the necklace with The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara:

Here is a closer look at the gorgeous necklace she is wearing in that portrait:

The Queen often wears the Burmese Ruby tiara with ruby earrings and necklaces – such as the Baring ruby necklace and Queen Mary’s ruby earrings.

The Queen switches things up a bit with a different ruby necklace and earrings for this portrait:

Here is a more recent picture of Her Majesty:

The Burmese Ruby Tiara is not the only ruby tiara that HM the Queen owns. She also has the Indian Ruby Tiara, also known as the Oriental Circlet Tiara, which was a favourite of HM The Queen Mother. Stay tuned for a post on that!

We’ll be back tomorrow tomorrow for a recap of the Kate’s visit to the Art Room, and then next week we have Kate, Camilla, and the Queen’s official visit to Fortnum and Mason. Do you think they’ll all be decked out in hats??

See you then!

Kate’s Borrowed Jewels Part Two: The Cartier Halo Tiara

In case you missed our post from yesterday, we are recounting the royal jewels that Kate has borrowed so far. Check out yesterday’s post by clicking here. Today we are diving into the background behind Kate’s first tiara.

#3 The Cartier Halo Diamond Tiara

There was a lot of speculation as to what tiara Kate would wear. We were thrilled it was this one. According to the official Royal Collection website, the tiara “is formed as a band of 16 graduated scrolls set with 739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds.” Gorgeous!

This piece by Cartier was purchased by the then Duke of York for his wife Elizabeth (now most commonly known as the Queen Mum) shortly before his brother stepped down as King to marry Wallis Simpson. This is one of the few pictures we have of the former Duchess of York wearing it:
Here’s a closer look

The tiara was next passed onto Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her 18th birthday. Here is a picture of Margaret wearing the tiara (nice of her sister to lend it!). This is such a flattering picture of her! Love the rich lipstick.

Princess Anne was the next royal lady to wear the tiara, and wear it she did!

This tiara seems to have been her ‘go to’ tiara in her early years, before she got into wearing the Greek Key Pattern Tiara more often.

Check out the hair:

The tiara looks very elegant for this official portrait:

This brings us to Kate, the fifth royal lady to wear it and the first to do so on her wedding day.  On the morning of the wedding, it was announced that the tiara was on loan from the Queen.

It’s likely that this tiara will be the tiara Kate will wear for the foreseeable future. After all, the diamond earrings that her parents gave her as a wedding present were designed to echo the scrolls of the tiara. That’s a clue that the tiara was chosen well in advance, making the whole idea that Kate was planning to wear flowers in her hair (as was widely reported) null and void.

Please bring these earrings and the tiara out again soon, Kate!

And to end, a ghoulish shot of the tiara with Kate’s veil from the exhibit at Buckingham Palace.

If you think you’d like to try on the Halo Tiara yourself, check it out here. It looks pretty great, right?!

The Connaught Diamond Tiara

Last week, we spoke about Princess Anne’s Greek Key Pattern Tiara and since we’ve once again been pretty heavy on the British Royals lately, today we’re featuring a beautiful tiara in the Swedish Royal Family’s collection.

The Connaught Diamond Tiara (also known as the Forget-Me-Not Tiara), is well over one hundred years old. This tiara features five loops of diamond encrusted forget-me-nots.  From each loop hangs a magnificent, detachable diamond drop so this tiara really sparkles whenever the wearer moves. According to one of our favourite books, Tiaras: A History of Splendour by Geoffrey C. Munn, this tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co in 1904. It was purchased by TRH the Duke and Duchess of Connaught as a wedding present for their daughter Princess Margaret of Connaught. Princess Margaret was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria (her father was Victoria and Albert’s third son). She was born in Windsor Castle  in 1882 and married Hereditary Prince Gustav of Sweden on June 15, 1905, which is how the tiara is now in the Swedish Royal Family’s collection.

She liked the tiara so much that she chose it for this portrait:

Sadly, Princess Margaret passed away in 1920 at the young age 38 from an infection following surgery on her ear. She was eight months pregnant with her sixth child at the time.

The tiara then passed onto the her son, Prince Gustav Adolf. When he married Princess Sibylla on October 20 of 1932 she wore the tiara with her wedding veil.

Interesting side note: both Princess Sibylla and Prince Gustav were great grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

Keeping this wedding tradition alive, the tiara was next worn by Princess Christina of Sweden when she married Tord Magnuson in 1974. Don’t just be blinded by the tiara – do check out the groom’s glasses!

Queen Silvia of Sweden was the next to wear the tiara. She didn’t wear the tiara for her 1976 wedding to King Carl Gustav – instead she wore another traditional wedding tiara that we’ll talk about another time – but she has worn it on numerous occasions since.

One more side note: Click here for a refresher on how Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustav met. It’s one of our favourite “chance royal meeting” stories EVER.

Here’s a look at Queen Silvia in the tiara over the years:

Queen Silvia has also lent the tiara to her daughter, Princess Madeleine, who wore it with aplomb for her sister Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding:
Here’s a look at the full ensemble:
And here’s a close up of the tiara. Good thing she had her roots touched up!
Princess Madeleine has also worn the five diamond drops as part of a necklace. Check it out below:
To end, here’s a picture of the King and Queen last weekend. They were in Denmark to join in the celebrations for Queen Margrethe’s Ruby Jubilee and took this tiara with them:
Here’s the Queen’s full outfit. LOVE the jacket:
What do you think of the forget-me-not tiara??

Tiaras Worn in Untraditional Ways: Part Three

We hope you’ve enjoyed Parts One and Two of these series. To end, we’re looking at  an eclectic bunch of tiaras that have earned a place on this list either because of how they are worn, or because of the design of the tiara itself.

As you can see, Princess Marie-Louise (grand-daughter of Queen Victoria), is wearing the Indian-style Cartier tiara in the traditional manner for the portrait below. This 1953 photograph taken by Cecil Beaton and captures something of her personality. We’ll have to chat more about Princess Marie-Louise in a future post; she had a pretty fascinating life.

We wanted to show that portrait so that you could compare and contrast it against this next one. Take a look at the photograph below; that is a very young Lady Rose wearing (if you can call it that) the same tiara in this photograph with her mum, HRH the Duchess of Gloucester. This playful photograph was taken by Norman Parkinson. Soooo cute.

Love it. Ok, moving along this next one is more of an untraditional tiara in itself. This piece was commissioned for Charlene Wittstock’s wedding to Prince Albert and was designed by Lorenz Baumer. It has become known as the “diamond foam” tiara due to the sea spray effect of the placement of the diamonds; it was designed to invoke Monaco’s situation on the Mediterranean Coast and Charlene’s love of swimming. Unlike traditional tiaras, this one is meatn to be worn as a headband just as Charlene is wearing it below. Thoughts?

Now, to end, take a good look at this tiara on Lady Katie Percy, daughter of the Duke of Northumberland, on her wedding day in February of 2011.

Yep, her tiara is definitely crooked.  In fact, it is so obviously askew that we can only imagine it was done on purpose. Maybe this was her way of bucking the norm in the midst of a lot of serious tradition; Lady Katie’s wedding to Patrick Valentine took place in February of 2011 and the reception was held at her family’s ancestral home, Alnwick Castle (side note: Alnwick Castle is also the setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films). Pippa Middleton and Chelsy Davy were at the wedding.

Until next time…here’s one more look: