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April 2, 2016 10:22 pm  #1

TBF-QEQM-2 Queen Elizabeth's Lotus Flower Tiara

2. Queen Elizabeth’s Lotus Flower Tiara

   This tiara, described by Garrard as a “lotus flower bandeau” was made in 1923, using the diamonds and pearls from the Greek-key necklace that had been a wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth from her husband.[1]

   Munn, who describes this tiara as being of “Egyptian inspiration, arranged as a band of stylized lotus flowers and overreaching arches, with the graduated pinnacles surmounted by a single pearl”,[2] incorrectly refers to this tiara as having previously been in the possession of Queen Mary.[3] However, he does reveal that it was designed by William Davis of E. Wolff & Co.,[4] who designed and made it on behalf of Garrard.[5]

   This tiara is also described by Field as a tiara of “graduated diamond fan-shaped festoons given height by pearls and collet diamonds set on upright spikes”.[6] 

   Roberts states that this tiara was given to Princess Margaret in 1959,[7] who wore it on occasion in the 1960s,[8] and subsequently lent it to the Hon. Serena Stanhope, upon the occasion of her marriage to Viscount Linley in 1993.[9]

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 130; GA Garrard RL91, fol.169, 15 October 1923
2. Geoffrey Munn, Tiaras: A History of Splendor, (Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2001), pl. 136
3. Ibid., p. 155
4. Ibid., p. 155
5. GA Garrard RL91, fol.169, 15 October 1923
6. Leslie Field, The Queen’s Jewels, (London: Abradale Press, 1987), p. 110
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 130
8. Suzy Menkes, The Royal Jewels, (London: Grafton Books, 1985), p. 110; William Shawcross, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, (London: Macmillan, 2009), pl. 81
9. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 138



April 25, 2016 9:42 pm  #2

Re: TBF-QEQM-2 Queen Elizabeth's Lotus Flower Tiara

The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Lotus Flower Tiara on 21 October 2015 to the State Banquet for the visit of President Xi Jinping of China.

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