Catherine, The Princess of Wales, wore The Strathmore Rose Tiara in November 2023 at the Korean State Banquet hosted by King Charles III. This gorgeous Royal jewel featuring 5 rose diamond pave-set flowers and rose diamond leafage sprays in between dates back to 1923. The Strathmore tiara was a wedding gift to Queen Mother Elizabeth on her marriage to the Duke of York (late King George VI) in 1923 by her father The Earl of Strathmore – hence the name.
Unlike many other royal jewels, it does not come from Cartier or Gerrard but was retailed by Catchpole & Williams and came with two alternative frames. One frame allowed the wearer to wear the tiara as a bandeau which was a popular style in the 1920s and the other as a headpiece.
The Royal jewel historian Hugh Roberts noted that the tiara can be dismantled and worn as 5 different brooches and can be interchanged with five single sapphire collets. The tiara was last worn by Queen Mother sometime in the 1930s.
Upon Queen Mother’s death in 2002, her elder daughter Queen Elizabeth II inherited the tiara. Despite being one of the most gorgeous and elegant pieces of British Royal Jewel, we have not seen the tiara publicly since 2002 when it was part of the Queen’s Diamond exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.