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 on her wedding. After Princess Margaret’s demise, the tiara came back to Queen Elizabeth’s possession.
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