Saturday, December 17, 2005

Surprise(s) of the year?


With 2005 coming to an end royal jewelry fans have been
treated to several surprises, namely from the House of
Windsor. The biggest surprise was the re-appearance,
after over half a century, of the Delhi Durbar Tiara on
the head of none other than Camilla, the Duchess of
Cornwall. during the Norwegian state visit to England.

It was last worn by the late Queen Mother on a State
visit to South Africa, only to be mothballed away,
leading to speculations of dismantling. During the
2001 exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum it
reappeared, with the provenance of the Queen Mother.
We were rapturious because a beautiful piece still
existed in the British Royal Family.

Another pleasant surprise was the appearance of the
Indian Ruby Tiara on the head of Her Majesty. For
a long time it was worn by the Queen Mother instead
of being turned over to her daughter, being one of
her three favorite tiaras. There are several royal
jewelry fans who feel that this tiara is prettier
in design than the Burmese Ruby Tiara.

4 Comments:

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 5:56:00 PM, Blogger Marilyn said...

I thought that tiara that the Queen was wearing looked familar but I couldn't find a photo of it close enough to tell. It's fantastic to see it being worn again.

Fantastic site by the way!

Marilyn

 
At Friday, June 09, 2006 12:16:00 AM, Anonymous Ian Richardson said...

The Indian Regal Tiara worn by the Queen is just lovely even if I would prefer the rubies slightly larger for effect

The Delhi Durbar Tiara could only properly be worn by Queen Mary - it needs her rigid high hairstyle to set it off, otherwise I think it looks too big. The thought did cross my mind that allowing Camilla to wear this tiara really shows HM's opinion of her

Ian

 
At Tuesday, July 11, 2006 8:41:00 AM, Anonymous Climerio said...

Another surprise was to have seen the Honeycomb Diamond Tiara, also
worn many years by the Queen Mother,on the head of the Duchess of Cornwall during the State Visit of the President os Brazil.

 
At Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:21:00 AM, Blogger d4diamond said...

I read in a book about the Queen's royal jewels that the Indian Regal Tiara, designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, originally had opals. Queen Alexandra believed them to be "unlucky," and had them replaced with the rubies.

 

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