05 January 2021

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Mary's Bandeau vs Floral Aigrette

This contest matches up a sleek bandeau and a versatile ornament!

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Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau vs. The Danish Floral Aigrette


Queen Mary had this sleek diamond bandeau made in 1932 to showcase the County of Lincoln Brooch, which she'd received as a wedding present in 1893. Mary wore the tiara occasionally, but in May 2018, it garnered major attention when it was worn as a bridal tiara by the Duchess of Sussex.

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Some believe that this incredible, flexible floral ornament originally belonged to Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, grandmother of King Frederik IX. We know for sure, though, that in the 1960s it belonged to a famous Danish-American tenor, Lauritz Melchior. He sold it to King Frederik in 1963, and it's been sparkling on the heads of Queen Ingrid and Queen Margrethe II ever since. Queen Margrethe is especially inventive in the ways she wears the three-sectioned tiara.