Battle of the Tiaras – Hanging Pearls

On to our next round of tiara fun…we’ve had fun defending tiaras, or not defending them, but now we’re going to put some famous tiaras up against each other.

We’re going to start with a good one: hanging pearls. Let’s see which of these beauties takes the crown!

Queen Mary’s / Cambridge Lover’s Knot

Queen Mary had this tiara made, inspired by one owned by her aunt, Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s. It originally had pearl toppers above the lover’s knots, but those were later removed. Queen Elizabeth inherited this tiara upon Mary’s death in 1953. It was later gifted to Diana, Princess of Wales, upon her marriage to Prince Charles. On their divorce, the tiara returned to the vault, to be loaned again to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The Danish Pearl Poire Tiara

The Pearl Poire tiara first came to Denmark in the vaults of Princess Louise of Sweden, who married the future King Frederik VIII in 1869. The tiara was inherited by Louise upon the death of her mother, Queen Louise of Sweden, who inherited it from her mother, Princess Louise of the Netherlands. It became part of a married parure with a necklace and earrings which were a present from the Khedive of Egypt. The married parure has been worn by all Danish Queens since Louise: Alexandrine, Ingrid and Margrethe II.

The Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara

This Monégasque  tiara was made by Cartier as a wedding present for Princess Charlotte of Monaco, from her husband Count Pierre de Polignac. Charlotte was the grandmother of Prince Rainier. Princess Charlotte wore the tiara to a pre-wedding event for Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. We’re not sure if Princess Grace ever wore this tiara, although there is a painting of her maybe wearing it… The tiara was then passed on to Princess Caroline, who has been wearing it ever since.

Which hanging pearl tiara is your favorite?