01 April 2020

Tiara Tournament: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Iveagh

Classic diamond kokoshniks face off in this match-up!

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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs. The Iveagh Tiara

Ford Presidential Library/NARA/Wikimedia Commons

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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This fantastic diamond kokoshnik was Queen Mary's wedding present from Lord and Lady Iveagh in 1893. She passed the lacy tiara along to her daughter-in-law, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, and it's now worn by the current Duchess. It also made a fantastic wedding tiara for Lady Rose Gilman.

Our final post of round three will be up tomorrow morning! In the meantime, look for two more sparkling posts later today!