|The Queen Mother wears the Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara |
It takes a lady with serious tiara hair to pull off one of the biggest sparklers in Britain: the Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara, which was a favorite of the late Queen Mother and is now worn by her granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The tiara was originally not a royal piece at all. It was made in the 1920s by Boucheron for the Hon. Mrs. Greville, a society hostess who was a friend of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. (In fact, the Windsors apparently call this the “Greville tiara” .) When Mrs. Greville died in 1942, she left a boatload of jewels to Queen Elizabeth, including this tiara. (Other jewels left to the royal family by Mrs. Greville include a pair of diamond chandelier earrings  and an elaborate ruby and diamond necklace .) The tiara originally lacked the diamond clusters that sit atop the piece — those were one of the Queen Mum’s later additions, made possible by Cartier .
NOTES, PHOTO CREDITS, AND LINKS
1. Detail of Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1986) by Richard Stone; the artist has placed the portrait in the public domain, and it is available via Wikimedia Commons; source here.
7 A version of this post originally appeared at A Tiara a Day in January 2013.