The ‘Girls of Great Britain’ tiara

1893; altered 1914 and 1969


A wedding present for Princess May of Teck (the future Queen Mary) from the ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland’, bought with money raised by a committee chaired by Lady Eve Greville. It could also be worn as a necklace. Queen Mary later replaced the pearl finials with diamonds and removed the lozenge-pattern bandeau from the base so that it could be worn as a headband. Both tiara and bandeau were given by Queen Mary to Princess Elizabeth as wedding presents. In 1969 the bandeau was reunited with the tiara.

Diamonds, silver

7 x 21 x 19.5cm

RCIN 200192