04 March 2020

The Strathmore Rose Tiara for Princess Beatrice?

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (Princess Eugenie/Press Association)

We recently learned some new details about Princess Beatrice's upcoming wedding, and I've got a guess about the royal tiara she might wear on the big day!




Detail of George Hayter's painting of Queen Victoria's wedding at the Chapel Royal, 1840 (Wikimedia Commons)

Beatrice will marry her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, on Friday, May 29. The ceremony will be held at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London. The site was the traditional location for British royal weddings for generations. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married there in 1840, and King George V and Queen Mary followed suit in 1893. Beatrice was christened in the same chapel in December 1988. The chapel is small, and the guest list will have to be tailored to fit the space. Unlike her sister's wedding, Beatrice's nuptials will not be televised. (Her parents' public scandals likely affected that decision.) After the wedding, Bea and Edo will be feted with a reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.


Beatrice's engagement ring (Princess Eugenie/Press Association)

When Beatrice's engagement was announced in September, it was revealed that Edoardo collaborated with jeweler Shaun Leane on her ring. The piece was designed as a fusion of their personal styles: Victorian for Beatrice and Art Deco for Eduardo.


Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (Princess Eugenie/Press Association)

A wedding for a British princess who loves Queen Victoria, held in Victoria's wedding chapel, surely has to feature a royal tiara from the Victorian era. If Beatrice follows in her sister's footsteps and borrows a tiara from their grandmother, the Queen, there's one in particular that I think would fit the bill perfectly.


Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wears the tiara, ca. 1926

The Strathmore Rose Tiara, which belonged to Beatrice's beloved great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, is currently in the Queen's jewelry vault. The diamond floral tiara -- which would be perfectly suited for an English garden reception -- was made during the late nineteenth-century, at the end of Queen Victoria's reign. It's not been worn in public for almost a century, but it's still in good shape, having been photographed in 2012 for The Queen's Diamonds.


Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wears the tiara, ca. 1926

Though the Queen Mother often wore the tiara across her forehead, the tiara also has a second traditional frame that allows it to be worn atop the head. What do you think: will Princess Beatrice bring the Strathmore Rose out of the vaults for her royal wedding?