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View Poll Results: What Tiara will Catherine wear on her Wedding Day?
The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara 8 4.85%
The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara 19 11.52%
The Queen Mother's Scroll Tiara 9 5.45%
The Strathmore Rose Tiara 51 30.91%
The Spencer Tiara 7 4.24%
The Fringe Tiara (aka George III Fringe Tiara) 11 6.67%
The Rundell Diamond Tiara 7 4.24%
Something that has been hidden in the Vaults! 33 20.00%
The Middletons will buy her a new one 9 5.45%
Nothing. She will either wear a jewelry clip or flowers in her hair. 9 5.45%
None of the Above 2 1.21%
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:04 AM
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See that's a problem with residing in Australia, muriel. There are no tiara's in our arcade windows
Oh well, but you do have other benefits of being in Aus.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:23 AM
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We've debated this numerous times. It was Lesley Field who wrote that it had been broken up. Geoffrey Munn hinted that it still existed. Munn had, apparently, unlimited access to the collection for the "Tiara's, A History of Splendour" exhibition and his resulting book (our bible).
Yes, it's my bible too, for photographic representation. Why would Munn hint that it still existed...either it does or it does not.
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As a piece with considerable royal history I would think that this piece was returned to vaults when Princess Margaret died. It has considerable royal provenance having come from Queen Mary's mother so, if it had been Princess Margaret's property, Linley would have sold it!! He's a mercenary sort IMO and anything that would bring in money went under the hammer.
The Duke of Kent sold many of Queen Mary's Cambridge sapphire pieces, which also came from The Duchess of Teck and were given to Princess Marina as a wedding gift. After she died, some of her jewels were sold off to pay death duties.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:36 PM
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Yes, it's my bible too, for photographic representation. Why would Munn hint that it still existed...either it does or it does not.
It was not a piece that was featured in the exhibition and is not of great historical significance in the jewellery sense. However, as an official gift I've always thought it unlike HM to break it up. She is not addicted to jewels like her grandmother who continually had pieces modified or broken up to make new. Queen Mary loved her jewels, Our Queen sees them as tools for the job!
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:27 PM
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Further musings about Catherine's tiara issue

Several commoners married into the inner circle of the BRF in the 20th Century. (Excluding the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Windsor.)

Two wore family tiaras: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon to the Duke of York wore the Strathmore; Lady Diana Spencer to the Prince of Wales wore the Spencer.

Autumn Kelly wore a tiara borrowed from the Princess Royal.

A tiara was made for The Countess of Wessex by the BRF which she wore at her wedding.

Sarah Ferguson was married with flowers in her hair and then a tiara (gift of the BRF) was placed in her hair before she recessed out of the Abbey to signify the transition from commoner to royalty. Hmmmmmmmmm.

Would they do this for Catherine? Flowers in; tiara out? Can't imagine that they would, but why was that procedure followed for Sarah?

Perhaps the Middleton family will buy her a tiara?

Any thoughts???
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:31 PM
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from what someone posted earlier on here, Sarah decided to do the flowers in tiara out thing. I actually really liked that.

I do hope the Middleton's buy her one. It's not like they can't afford it. If not then the Queen or Prince Charles should.

As I have said before, almost anything except the Cambridge Lover's Knot will do.... She can wear that later.......
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:53 PM
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fI do hope the Middleton's buy her one. It's not like they can't afford it. If not then the Queen or Prince Charles should.
Why the Queen or Charles? Why not William himself? He can certainly afford to do so.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:13 PM
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I also liked "flowers in," "tiara out." I always thought of it as a salute to her family of "commoners." That is the unlikely reason, but it was humble of her to acknowledge her status before marriage.
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:24 PM
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The flowers on the head thing is something that was not out of place in the 80's, in today's times you would look like a weirdo wearing flowers, I mean at Prince Nikolaos wedding 14 year old Maria Olympia was a bridesmaid and wore flowers and a lot of people thought it was weird. Also Sarah had a well known fascination with Queen Victoria, who whore flowers in her hair, could be her homage to one of her heroes...
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I respectfully disagree. Flowers in the hair are timeless and many brides wear them. It doesn't have to be a wreath (Sarah's wasn't) it could be a simple bloom or floral hair clips. I am surprised you would say that. Brides have been wearing flowers in their hair for centuries. see, even this smiley has a flower
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:05 PM
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I agree with firebee... Flowers are timeless and many brides choose them even in "modern" times... I don't think Maria Olympia looked weird at all.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:34 PM
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Finally got through the thread and my vote goes to The Strathmore Tiara. Not only has it not been seen in a long time, but I think it would really look lovely on Kate.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:40 AM
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Finally got through the thread and my vote goes to The Strathmore Tiara. Not only has it not been seen in a long time, but I think it would really look lovely on Kate.
I don't care for The Strathmore tiara as choice for Kate to wear on her wedding day. The Queen Mother wore it as a bandeau on her wedding day, which was the style at the time and it worked due to the small size and sparse design of the tiara. I don't think it is a grand enough tiara for a Royal Wedding worn on top of the head. For other Royal functions, it would be fine perfect..... but not the wedding. With Kates rich luxurious long hair and tall slim body, she could carry off a larger more substantial tiara. IMO of course.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:00 PM
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  1. I hope Kate's hair is up for the wedding. It is a formal occasion & all flopping around her face would look cheap and untidy.
  2. We don't know how the Strathmore will look worn in the conventional way as HM The Queen Mother never wore it that way and never saw fit to loan it to either of her daughters or her royal granddaughter.
I did wonder about the two rows of diamonds at the base of the Teck Crescent tiara. If removable, could these be worn in a similar fashion to the way Maxima wears the collet band?

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I don't care for The Strathmore tiara as choice for Kate to wear on her wedding day. The Queen Mother wore it as a bandeau on her wedding day, which was the style at the time and it worked due to the small size and sparse design of the tiara. I don't think it is a grand enough tiara for a Royal Wedding worn on top of the head. For other Royal functions, it would be fine perfect..... but not the wedding. With Kates rich luxurious long hair and tall slim body, she could carry off a larger more substantial tiara. IMO of course.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:50 PM
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You make a good point about tiaras and the person's height. That is the main reason why I don't think the Strathmore would work. Kate is a tall person but the tiara is so small that it would look odd on her and if she were to wear her hair down it would get lost in it. That is why if she is to borrow a tiara I picked the fringe.
That's why she'll have to wear her hair up at the wedding At least I hope so!

I'm liking the fringe more and more, but still like the County of Surrey as well.
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{snip} After she died, some of her jewels were sold off to pay death duties.
This is slightly off-topic, but how much are death duties? It seems like this is mentioned so often - that the children sold off the jewels to pay death duties. It seems odd that such wealthy families (I assume) wouldn't have enough to pay with cash rather than selling off family/royal heirlooms. So sad to lose them forever...
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:11 PM
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In Britain "death duties" is now called "Inheritance Tax" and according to Wiki the rate is 40% of everything over £325,000 (US$519,000).
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:18 PM
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May be she gets one of princess Margareths tiaras ?
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:03 PM
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Query whether Catherine will receive the Cambridge emeralds that Diana had previously used?
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:28 PM
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Now that the official visit to Canada has been announced, shld we expect a tiara? I know Camilla did not wear a tiara, but didn't the Countess of Wessex where one when she made an official visit?
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