27 January 2012


 Loelia, Duchess of Westminster, wearing an impressive halo tiara.

 Loelia, Duchess of Westminster

Empress Josephine, consort to the Emperor Napoleon I 

Empress Marie Louise, second wife of Napoleon I

Another painting the Empress Marie Louise of France, wearing an exceptionally large  diamond and gold tiara.

A photograph of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, consort to Nicholas II, in a Faberge gold and enamel picture frame.

An early portrait of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, where she is seen wearing a  large diamond spike kokoshnik tiara.

A Faberge enamel heart frame with a miniature of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. She was known as the  Mother of Russia. She died in Denmark in 1928.

The Grand Duchess Yelisaveta Feodorovna, or Ella as she was known. She was executed during the Russian Revolution. Her body was posthumously buried in Jerusalem.

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal of Great Britain, wearing the tiara of her grandmother, Princess Andrew (Alice) of Greece. Princess Alice was the daughter of Princess Victoria of Hesse, a sister of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia and the Grand Duchess Ella of Russia.

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium wearing her tiara low on the brow, as was the style in the 1920's

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wearing the oriental circlet of Queen Victoria. The original tiara contained opals, but when it was passed on to Queen Alexandra, she had the opals replaced with rubies, as opals are bad luck for women to wear.

Queen Marie of Rumania, wearing a tiara that formerly belonged to the Grand Duchess Ella and the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the younger.

A young capture of Queen Victoria, wearing a small diamond and sapphire tiara at the back of her head, in a painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

Serena, the Viscountess Linley, wearing a tiara designed by Linley Furniture, her husband the Viscount Linley's store. This photograph was taken by her father-in-law, Lord Snowdon, ex-husband of the Princess Margaret.