It’s no secret that we love tiaras so, for this three part series, we have rounded up a few examples of tiaras being worn in rather untraditional and, well, sometimes plain kooky ways.
We begin with none other than Queen Victoria. The portrait below was painted by Franz Xalter Winterhalter in 1842. As you can see, the Queen is wearing the diamond and sapphire tiara that Prince Albert designed for her at the back of her head.
The tiara was made the same year that the portrait was painted and it is safe to say it became one of her favourites. After all, it matched the sapphire brooch that Prince Albert gave her for a wedding present.
Here’s a closer look at the placement of the tiara. She must have had a whole lot of pins in her hair to keep it from falling off!
Interestingly, Queen Victoria’s placement of the tiara is believed to have been inspired by this portrait of Queen Henriette Maria of France (1609-1669).
And here is a closeup of the tiara itself. The sapphires are kite and cushion shaped and set in gold; the diamonds are set in silver. This tiara is now owned by the Earl and Countess of Harewood.
No doubt the current Countess of Harewood was inspired by this portrait of Queen Victoria when wore the same tiara in the same fashion. That”s her on the right with the tiara fixed to the back of her head with an elaborate bun. Love that!
The lady on the left wearing the tiara in the traditional manner is Andrea Lascelles. She is the wife of the Earl and Countess’ fourth son and she wore the tiara on her wedding day. Something old, borrowed and blue all in one.
Join us tomorrow for Part Two! There is much more tiara fun to come…