Originally Posted by Lady Jean
I'm with you - I think on Her Majesty's part it was disrespectful to lend a tiara identified solely w/Queen Mary to Camilla.
But tiaras were meant to be worn. It would be a waste of a great work of art not to have it worn, and the wife of the Prince of Wales is a credible person for the honor. Of course, the Princess Royal or Countess of Wessex could also be, but I think it was lent to the Duchess of Cornwall to make a statement. The Queen's message through this action? I suppose she is trying to tell us that she and her family stand behind Camilla as Charles's wife and they consider her as the rightful future Queen Consort. Queen Mary was a Queen Consort, so only another Queen Consort or QC in the Waiting should wear this tiara. If Diana were alive and still married to Charles, I'd say it should be Diana to wear it, but this is not the case. It's Camilla, so this is appropriate, in my opinion.