17 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Queen Mary's Fringe vs Delhi Durbar

This contest pits two of Queen Mary's beloved sparklers against each other...

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Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara vs. The Delhi Durbar Tiara

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In 1919, Queen Mary commissioned this classic diamond fringe tiara as a more modern, wearable alternative to the one worn by Queen Victoria. Since then, it's been worn by two subsequent queens and used twice as a royal wedding tiara. The Queen doesn't wear it often these days, but it remains one of the most identifiable tiaras in her collection.

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Queen Mary also commissioned this massive tiara (and accompanying diamond and emerald jewels) for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. King George V thought it was her "best" tiara, but it's only been worn twice since her era: once by the Queen Mother, and once by the Duchess of Cornwall. Is it a classic or a relic?

Our next tiara tip-off will be at midnight CDT!