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Article: After Almost 100 Years, The Strathmore Rose Tiara Is Worn By Kate

After Almost 100 Years, The Strathmore Rose Tiara Worn By Kate
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After Almost 100 Years, The Strathmore Rose Tiara Is Worn By Kate

At a banquet for a visit by the President of South Korea, the Princess of Wales drew all eyes wearing the Strathmore Rose Tiara.

In a white dress with gold embroidery and white gloves, the Princess of Wales looked spectacular with Prince William at the Buckingham Palace party.

The centerpiece of her outfit, however, was a tiara that was part of Queen Elizabeth's collection and a wedding present from her father on the occasion of their marriage.

After Almost 100 Years, The Strathmore Rose Tiara Is Worn By Kate

The Strathmore Rose Tiara

The fabulous jewel had not been worn on a royal crest for public appearances since 1930.

When the Queen Mother died in 2002, her daughter Queen Elizabeth II inherited the tiara.
However, the jewel remained in the royal vault for decades. It has not been worn by a female royal since the 1930s.

Rumors emerged that it may have been too damaged or fragile to be worn again. Kate Middleton is therefore the second person to wear a tiara in public that has not been seen for almost nine decades.

Little History of Strathmore Rose Tiara

The Queen Mum's Strathmore Rose Tiara is one of the most unusual floral tiaras and it has remained under the vaults of Windsor Palace for decades without being shown to the public.

Part of the reason for the aunt's disappearance may be linked not only to her large flowers but also to her early 20th-century roots.

The name of this jewel comes from the Queen Mother's family. Before her royal marriage, she was Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, daughter of the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

When she married the Duke of York in 1923, she was not yet destined to be Queen, but her parents decided that a new duchess needed a new tiara.

So they bought her this floral piece from Catchpole & Williams, a London-based dealer.

Although the piece was purchased in the 1920s, it was created in England in the late 19th century. According to Sir Hugh Roberts, in The Queen's Diamonds, the flowers that make up the tiara can be removed and worn as a brooch.

The new Duchess of York wore the tiara for several official portraits taken in the early years of her marriage, combining it with fashion and jewelry in the 1920s.

The Strathmore Rose Tiara Is Worn
According to The Court Jeweller, like many other tiaras of the 1920s, the Strathmore Rose Tiara was originally worn low on the forehead.

Some think that the tiara has not been seen for so long because hardly anyone wears tiaras in this way anymore. However, there are images of the Queen Mother wearing the piece on the crown of her head.

The piece has two separate frames, one for wearing the headband and a traditional 'top of head' frame.

The Queen Mother only wore the tiara in her youth; later she preferred the more substantial glitter. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the tiara from her mother in 2002 but did not wear it in public during her lifetime.

For years the Strathmore Rose Tiara has been mentioned as a possible wedding tiara for various royal brides, but it wasn't released to the public until 2023 when, as we told you at the beginning of this article, the Princess of Wales chose it to wear to the Buckingham Palace banquet in November.
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