Not to be missed at Kensington Palace this year are three tiaras which previously belonged to Queen Victoria and her granddaughter, Princess Louise. These tiaras are on display in the last room of the Victoria Revealed exhibition.
Diamond and Emerald Tiara and Parure
In 1843, Prince Albert designed a diamond and emerald parure for his wife. The parure comprises a necklace, earrings, and brooch. Two years later, Prince Albert commissioned a tiara from Joseph Kitching to match the parure. You may recognise the tiara from ‘The Royal Family in 1846‘ portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. There is also a painting of Victoria in the tiara and parure in the Koberwein portrait from 1859. The diamond and emerald tiara and parure are on long-term long from the estate of the 3rd Duke of Fife.
The Fife Diamond Tiara
Another gift from a husband to his wife is the Fife tiara, which Princess Louise received on her wedding day in 1889 from Alexander, 1st Duke of Fife. Princess Louise was the eldest daughter of Edward VII (Queen Victoria’s son) and Alexandra of Denmark. The tiara was designed by Oscar Massin in 1887. What is particularly unique about this tiara is that the pear-shaped diamonds appear to be floating. One can only imagine how it must have sparkled on Louise! According to Sotheby’s, the tiara will permanently reside at HRP’s Kensington Palace.
The Diamond Necklace / Kokoshnik Tiara
Another one of Princess Louise’s wedding gifts was the Diamond Necklace Tiara from her parents. It was inspired by the Russian kokoshnik and can be worn as a tiara or a necklace. In this colourised photo, she wears both the Fife and Diamond Necklace Tiaras, with the latter as a necklace.The tiara is on long-term loan from the estate of the 3rd Duke of Fife.