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April 2, 2016 6:58 pm  #1

TBF-QEQM-21 Queen Elizabeth's Double Meander and Aigrette Tiara

21. Queen Elizabeth’s Double Meander and Aigrette Tiara

   The origins of this tiara are unclear. It is formed from two rows of geometric meandering motifs, and was described by Menkes as a “geometric bandeau with a fluttering aigrette”.[1]

   This tiara was included in an exhibition of ‘Modern Jewels’ at The Goldsmith’s Hall in 1961; however Queen Elizabeth never wore it publicly.

   Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in 2002, this tiara was bequeathed to The Queen, who has since loaned it to Princess Anne, who wore it publicly to the State Banquet hosted in honour of the President of China in 2005.

1. Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p.  123


August 19, 2016 3:50 pm  #2

Re: TBF-QEQM-21 Queen Elizabeth's Double Meander and Aigrette Tiara

  The catalogue for the International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890-1961, held in 1961 at Goldsmith's Hall, dates this tiara as last half 19th century, and confirms it was lent by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.


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