Lotus Flower (Papyrus) Tiara
The second tiara of Catherine’s Royal Life was Lotus Flower Tiara also known as Papyrus Tiara.
She wore it at her first Diplomatic Reception in December 2013. The tiara was originally owned by Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth I.
Much like the Strathmore Rose Tiara, this was seen on the Queen Mother in her early years as Duchess of York and was subsequently retired from her regular tiara rotation. It was made from one of her wedding gifts, a necklace of a Greek key pattern with pendant diamonds and pearls given by her husband, the future George VI. Garrard dismantled it and created this tiara instead.
Queen Mother passed the tiara to her younger daughter Princess Margaret in 1959 who wore this often.
Princess Margaret’s daughter-in-law, Serena Viscountess Linley, wore the tiara at her wedding. After Princess Margaret’s demise, the tiara came back to Queen Elizabeth’s possession. Read more about it here on Order of Splendor’s Blog.
Tiara came back in 2013 when The Duchess of Cambridge wore it at Diplomatic Reception and again in 2015 at the Chinese State Banquet.
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