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April 2, 2016 9:52 pm  #1


TBF-QEQM-8 Queen Elizabeth's Strathmore Tiara

8. Queen Elizabeth's Strathmore Tiara

   This tiara, “in the form of a garland of wild roses, set with rose-cut diamonds”,[1] was purchased from Catchpole & Williams, in 1923, by the Earl of Strathmore, and was presented to his daughter, Queen Elizabeth, as a wedding gift.[2] It can thus be seen in The Times, illustrated alongside some of the other wedding presents.[3]

   Roberts states that this tiara has two different frames; one invisible, thus allowing the tiara to be worn as a bandeau across the forehead,[4] as Queen Elizabeth was often photographed wearing it;[5] or another “padded”, allowing the tiara to be raised up and worn on the head in the more conventional manner.[6]

   An inventory taken of Queen Elizabeth’s jewels, compiled in 1938, also reveals that this tiara can be easily “dismantled to form five individual brooches” and that the diamond set roses could also be interchanged with “five single-collet sapphires”.[7]

   Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth in 2002, this tiara has subsequently passed to The Queen.[8]

1. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 131
2. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 220
3. The Times, 25 April 1923, p. 18; Menkes, The Royals Jewels, p. 111
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 220
5. Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 111; Munn, Tiaras, pl. 130; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 220
6. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 220
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 220; RA QEQM/PRIV/JEWEL, p. 32
8. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 220
 

 

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