|The Westminster Bagration Tiara (Photo: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images)|
The original owner of the tiara was a member of a princely family from the Russian empire. The Bagrations were the rulers of the kingdom of Georgia for centuries until the country was annexed by the Russians in 1801. This tiara and accompanying pieces from the parure were made only a few years later, likely by Fossin (the same company which would later become Chaumet), for the beautiful and controversial Princess Catherine Bagration. Catherine was an incredibly independent and influential woman who took lovers, wore revealing muslin dresses, held political salons in Vienna, and even garnered a mention in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Not too shabby.
|Gerald and Natalia Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster and Duchess of Westminster, on their wedding day in 1979 (Photo: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images)|
|The new 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, at Prince George's christening in October 2013 (Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool /Getty Images)|