26 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Greville vs. Oriental Circlet

Today's first post features both of the Queen Mother's signature tiaras...

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The Greville Tiara vs. The Oriental Circlet

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After the Queen Mother inherited this diamond honeycomb tiara from Mrs. Greville in the 1940s, it swiftly became one of her signature pieces. Today, the same is true of its current wearer, the Duchess of Cornwall, who has both the presence and the hair to carry off such a major tiara.

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Designed by Prince Albert, this Eastern-inspired tiara was originally set with opals. Queen Alexandra, who was superstitious, removed them. The tiara is an heirloom of the crown, but it was worn (superbly!) for years by the Queen Mother, and it's only been worn once by the Queen since her mother's death.

The final match-up of round two tips off this afternoon!