25 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau


Our first Wednesday match-up is a diamond bonanza!



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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau


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This classic diamond tiara was inspired by a kokoshnik owned by Queen Alexandra's beloved sister, Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia. Later worn by Queen Mary, it's graced the Queen's head since 1953.


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Queen Mary commissioned this tiara in the 1930s to showcase one of her wedding gifts, the County of Lincoln Brooch. Hidden away for years, it skyrocketed back in the spotlight when the Duchess of Sussex chose it as her bridal tiara.




We've got another diamond head-to-head contest coming up this afternoon...