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Royal British Tiaras: The Ladies of England Tiara

We're getting down to the nitty gritty now and to some of the tiaras that haven't been seen in decades and decades. Today, I'm just going to break your heart right out of the gate. This tiara exists no more. Sadly, the Ladies of England Tiara was broken up over 100 years ago and some of its diamonds used to create the Cambridge Lover's Knot and the Honeysuckle Tiaras. But.... that won't stop me from drooling over the photos of it.
Royal British Tiaras: The Ladies of England Tiara
Queen Mary (then the Duchess of York) in the now dismantled Ladies of England Tiara.

We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now and to some of the tiaras that haven’t been seen in decades and decades. Today, I’m just going to break your heart right out of the gate. This tiara exists no more. Sadly, the Ladies of England Tiara was broken up over 100 years ago and some of its diamonds used to create the Cambridge Lover’s Knot and the Honeysuckle Tiaras. But…. that won’t stop me from drooling over the photos of it.

Royal British Tiaras: The Ladies of England Tiara
A close up look at the Ladies of England Diamond and Pearl tiara.

The Ladies tiara was a gift to Queen Mary (back when she was simply Mary of Teck) on the occasion of her wedding in 1893. It was designed and created by Hunt and Roskell at the request of a large group of ladies from…. you guessed it: England. Meant to be an all purpose tiara, it definitely lived up to its design.

Royal British Tiaras: The Ladies of England Tiara
Queen Mary wears the Ladies of England tiara as a necklace.

The pearl and diamond tiara could be worn in the traditional sense (as a tiara) but also as a necklace (see the photo above) or used to adorn clothing, just as it was along the neckline of Mary’s dress in the photo below, as she and the Duke attended a costume ball to honor Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Royal British Tiaras: The Ladies of England Tiara
The Duchess of York (soon to be Queen Mary) wearing the Ladies of England Tiara as a dress adornment for costume party to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The festooned design with the taller central motif had been in Mary’s favor for many years (she wore it often) but maybe she tired of it or perhaps it was just that she wanted something new, and so it was dismantled in 1913 and many of the stones recycled for the two aforementioned tiaras.

Royal British Tiaras: The Ladies of England Tiara
A closer look at the Ladies of England Tiara, worn as a necklace by the then Duchess of York.

If it were around today, who would it best suit? Do you think the current Queen would wear it or would it have been passed down to others? I’m curious – share your thoughts with me in the comments.

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    1. Jack:

      You may be thinking of the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, which is still in existence and in which the current monarch has been photographed/painted. But the Ladies of England tiara was dismantled by Mary to make the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara.

  1. Only Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd could pull up that off, I think, depending on its weight, I think it could have been one of her favorites!

  2. Only Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd could pull up that off! I think depending on its weight, I think it could have been one of her favorites!

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