This is the last of my fingers-crossed, please-oh-please-let-it-still-exist Queen Mary tiaras. Well, the last one for a while, at least. I promise. I just can't help it: I love this one.
I love the swagged/festoon design on the side, with the raised central motif. I find it reminiscent of two of my favorite tiaras (both of which we simply must discuss in depth some Thursday): the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara that belongs now to Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Maud's pearl tiara that belongs to the Norwegian royal house (shown below in both of its two formats).
And now we must insert the usual disclaimer: this hasn't been seen in a long, long time. Much like the Surrey Fringe, it hasn't made a public appearance since the early years of Queen Mary's marriage.
Do you think it's still kicking around somewhere? (Don't say no. You'll break my heart.)
UPDATE: My heart is broke, the tiara is no longer in existence. It was broken up to create the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.
Investiture at Buckingham Palace - *The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.* *BBC screencap* *For more: BBC video.* 'Tis always a good day when a brooch can be spotted at an inves...