And now, for our second installment of Tiara Thursdays, we move to one of the most famous tiaras in the collection: the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.
Left to Right: Princess Augusta of Hesse, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen Mary with upright pearls, Queen Mary without upright pearls.
Some Ladies of England Tiara plus the original pearl uprights from the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara and pearls off of a couple brooches belonging to Mary which were ultimately returned. Originally, the design included upright pearls on top of the arches, but Mary had them removed eventually.
After Mary died in 1953, the tiara passed to Queen Elizabeth II. She wore it with some regularity in the early 1950s, but it eventually went back to storage as she narrowed down her favorite tiaras to the ones we see with regularity today.
loaned it to the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore it for a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. Like many, I thought Diana's signature tiara would rest in the vault for a longer period, but I'm happy to see it back in action.
Photos: Corbis/Getty/Geoffrey Munn/Leslie Field/Suzy Menkes