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March 30, 2016 3:34 pm  #1


DoT-3 The Duchess of Teck's Tiara

3.  The Duchess of Teck's Tiara

   On her death in 1857, Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester bequeathed to her niece, the Duchess of Teck, a “diamond bandeau for the head and three diamond roses”.[1] An inventory taken of the Duchess of Teck’s jewels in 1870 also lists these jewels as “Three diamond roses … A Diamond Chain All the Diamond from this Chain made into a Diadem … Twenty one Diamond Crescents”.[2]

   In 1871, the Duchess of Teck commissioned Garrard to mount the diamond crescents on to a headband to form a bandeau tiara, at the cost of “£1 15s”.[3] By 1882, all these elements were assembled to create this tiara; with the chain of diamonds forming a base composed of two rows of diamond collets.[4] The Duchess of Teck was photographed wearing this tiara.[5]

    On the death of the Duchess of Teck in 1897, this tiara was bequeathed to her son Prince Adolphus of Teck, who subsequently became the Duke of Teck and later the Marquess of Cambridge.[6] This tiara was thus photographed being worn by his wife, the Marchioness of Cambridge.[7] Whilst being owned and worn by the Marchioness of Cambridge, Garrards were commissioned to create a new frame for this tiara in 1901, at the cost of “£15”;[8] and other minor repairs were carried out to the piece in 1913,[9] and 1914.[10]

   This tiara subsequently passed to Queen Mary, who in turn presented it to Queen Elizabeth when King George VI succeeded to the throne.[11] In 1937 Garrard carried out more alterations to this tiara, with a new frame being provided, and the base of two rows of collet diamonds was permanently removed, at the cost of “£9 10s”.[12]

   Roberts describes the tiara in this form as comprising of “a band of 20 crescents and three pavé-set wild roses on a gold framework, the rose-cut diamonds in cut-down silver-backed collets; all sections are detachable for use as individual dress ornaments”.[13]

   Queen Elizabeth subsequently wore this tiara on the State Visit to Canada in 1939.[14] This was the only time that Queen Elizabeth was pictured wearing this tiara; however, she did lend it to the exhibition of Tiaras at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2001.[15] And upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in 2002, it has passed to The Queen, who has loaned it to the Duchess of Cornwall.[16]

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; RA VIC/ADDV (Copy Will of Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester)
2. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; RA VIC/ADDA8/3450, pp. 192 – 193
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; GA Garrard RL33, fol. 107, 22 May 1871
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; RA VIC/ADDA8/3449, fol. 11
5. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 88; Munn, Tiaras, pl. 119; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 125 (RCIN 2810445)
6. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; RA VIC/ADDA8/3449, fol. 11
7. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 120; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 125 (RCIN 2917132)
8. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; GA Garrard RL51, fol. 242, 1 January 1901
9. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; GA Garrard RL51, fol. 260, 29 July 1913
10. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; GA Garrard RL91, fol. 154, 21 May 1914
11. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122
12. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 142, 24 March 1937
13. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122
14. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 121; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 125 (RCIN 2941032)
15. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 122
16. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 122

 

 

November 7, 2016 8:51 am  #2


Re: DoT-3 The Duchess of Teck's Tiara

3.  The Duchess of Teck's Tiara

   Photographic evidence of Queen Elizabeth wearing the Duchess of Teck's tiara at an event sometime after World War II has emerged thanks to poster Beth at Royal Jewels of the World Message Board. An insightful series of pictures shows how the wearing of the tiara has evolved according to fashion and to the taste of the wearers.

 

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