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The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, <i>c</i>.1890

The Royal Collection © 2008,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 200145

magnify The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, c.1890

Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.

Photograph by Cecil Beaton  The White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace, 1968  The 'Vladimir Tiara' set with its original pearls  Photograph by Baron, 1957  Photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1968