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.
sapphire engagement ring. (The difference, naturally, is between Prince William giving the gift and the Queen giving the gift.) Personally, I'd like to see Kate wear it, but maybe when she's Princess of Wales. Give the girl a bit of time to develop her own persona first.
It seems people either love this tiara or despise it: which side do you fall on?
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