Trying something new – no battles or defenses, just a look at some of our spiky friends. This series was inspired by this Instagram post:
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Watch as the diamond kokoshnik tiara is transformed into a necklace! 💎 This tiara was worn by Princess Louise, granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Its straight-lined kokoshnik design was in vogue at the end of the 19th century. See the tiara on display at #KensingtonPalace alongside our #Victoria200 displays opening 24 May: link in bio. . . . #tiara #royaljewels #jewelsoftheworld #royals #fashion #kokoshniktiara #queenvictoria #200years #victoria #whatson #london
That is the Fringe Tiara belonging to Princess Louise, daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Louise was Bertie and Alex’s third child and first daughter, and was eventually made Princess Royal.
The Fringe Tiara was a gift to Louise from her parents upon her marriage to Alexander Duff, then the Earl of Fife and eventually the Duke of Fife (yes…that FIFE).
This fringe is a pretty classic design, with larger fringes/rays interspersed with smaller spikes.
Upon Louise’s death, the tiara was inherited by her daughter, Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife and has remained in the family ever since. There were rumors that it had be quietly auctioned off, but those were put to bed when this tiara went on display at Kensington Palace, along with Victoria’s Emerald Tiara and the FIFE Tiara.
While not my favorite fringe out there (#TeamBaden), this one is firmly in my Top 5.