|The Queen Mother wearing the Greville Tiara|
Portrait by Richard Stone, via Wikimedia Commmons
|The tiara made for Mrs. Greville in 1901, later dismantled to make the Greville Tiara|
|The Queen Mother wears the tiara as it was when she inherited it, together with the five strands of the Greville Festoon Necklace|
|The Queen Mother's redesign, before and after|
The Queen Mother in the new design and the Greville Peardrop EarringsThe revamped tiara rapidly became one of her favorites, and was one of only two tiaras she used in her later years (the second being the Oriental Circlet). Despite the popularity of the piece, its origins were hazy for decades. In the 1980s, it was still reported as a new commission made specifically for the Queen Mother, and also often attributed wholly to Cartier. Later, the Greville origin was revealed. On this blog and elsewhere, it has also been referred to as the Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara.
Video: The Greville Tiara sparkles at the 1984 Royal Variety PerformanceThe tiara passed to the Queen in 2002, when the Queen Mother died. It has since been loaned to the Duchess of Cornwall. She debuted it at a state banquet for the President of Brazil in 2006. (Incidentally, the Duchess of Cornwall's grandmother, Sonia Keppel, was Mrs. Greville's goddaughter.) Camilla has worn the Delhi Durbar Tiara and her family's Cubitt-Shand Tiara and has been loaned the Teck Crescent Tiara, but the Greville is by far her favorite. She wears it for nearly all her tiara appearances.
The Duchess of Cornwall wears the tiara with her Diamond Pear Drop EarringsThe Duchess of Cornwall has given me a whole new appreciation for this tiara. I never much liked it in pictures of the Queen Mother; she often wore it with the pearl and diamond necklace from Queen Alexandra's Wedding Parure, a clash of styles that always made me wrinkle my nose. But on Camilla, who sometimes pairs it with necklaces of more modern design and who suits the tiara so well overall, it has grown into a tiara I can't help but like.
And you? Are you sold on Camilla's favorite tiara?
Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Boucheron Archive, British Pathe screencap, Royal Collection, via Getty Images