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The brewing heir who gave a sparkling tiara to a future queen

Queen Mary acquired many of the tiaras that are still worn by the extended British Royal Family. While much of the public’s attention is on the tiaras worn by the late Queen, the current Princess of Wales, and Queen Camilla, there are other pieces worn by the Kent and Gloucester branches of the family. Today we will be looking at one of the Gloucester Tiaras, the Iveagh Tiara.

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The Iveagh Tiara was a wedding gift to Princess Mary of Teck when she married the Duke of York in 1893. Edward Cecil Guinness, of the Guinness brewing dynasty, was created Baron Iveagh in 1891. He and his wife, Adelaide, gifted the tiara to May; it was one of several pieces of jewellery that she received.

The tiara is in the kokoshnik style, and it features a leaf design with scrolls and diamond collets. It is unknown which jeweller created the piece.

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Queen Mary wore the tiara frequently throughout her life, without making any significant changes. Upon her death, Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester inherited the tiara. The current Duchess of Gloucester has worn the tiara periodically and her daughter, Lady Rose Windsor, wore the tiara for her 2008 wedding to George Gilman.

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