20 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Oriental Circlet vs Teck Turquoise

This tiara tournament game is a face-off between Prince Albert and Queen Mary...

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The Oriental Circlet vs. The Teck Turquoise 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.


In 1893, this tiara was part of an extensive set of turquoise jewels given to Queen Mary as a wedding present by her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Teck. She passed the set on to the Gloucesters, and it's still worn by the Duchess today. Intricate and tall, the tiara somehow still manages to be light and airy.

Our final tiara match-up of round one is coming in just a few hours...