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02-10-2011, 06:29 PM
Wheeeeeeeeee, the Strathmore is in the lead! I hope the Queen is reading this thread. :D

02-10-2011, 06:30 PM
Would she have to wear flowers over the logo until after the wedding?

Depends on whether BK is an "official" corporate sponsor of the wedding or not, I suppose. ;)

02-10-2011, 07:20 PM
Is it possible that she might get a new tiara? Or perhaps a reworking of one or more older pieces in need of repair anyway, to create something new and modern for the 21st century?

When I read the history of these pieces, I think it would be such a statement if the Queen gave Kate her own - and in generations to come, we'd be talking about the Catherine Tiara.It is possible. The Queen bought Sarah a new tiara when she married Prince Andrew, and Sophie received a tiara (http://www.diamondtiaras.com/sophiewedtiara.htm) made out of pieces already in the collection (although I think it looks awkward & not impressive). But there are theories that they didn't receive existing pieces because there's always the chance of them having them auctioned off later. Many of Queen Victoria's & Queen Mary's jewelry bequests & gifts to their children ended up at auction because they needed money. Some of these were very important pieces... now lost. By giving them something outside the collection, if they are sold later, it won't diminish the collection.

But since William will be King, there's the idea out there that she will receive something already in the collection. Kind of a status gift. Also to back that up, they have to be wary of purchasing a new tiara, especially with the economic climate. They've already gotten a lot of flack about the cost of the wedding, so to add an unneeded piece of jewelry to that, it's hazardous, even if they pay for it out of their own pockets. The only way it might work is if her family purchases it.

02-10-2011, 07:21 PM
Wheeeeeeeeee, the Strathmore is in the lead! I hope the Queen is reading this thread. :D

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02-10-2011, 07:26 PM
I don't like Sophie's tiara. I don't think the Queen would do something like that to Kate.

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02-10-2011, 07:47 PM
Is it always a gift and never a loan?

ETA: The answer is in the blog section on the Fringe Tiara -- "The Queen Mother lent it to both her daughter Princess Elizabeth and granddaughter Princess Anne on their respective wedding days" -- so it would be historically accurate for the Queen to lend it to Middleton.

02-10-2011, 08:20 PM
It's kind of confusing.

If it comes from the royal collection, it's a loan, even if it's called a gift. Princess Diana was "gifted" the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara... but since it's part of the collection, it actually meant that Diana had exclusive use of it for her lifetime, but it ultimately it still belonged to the crown*. That's why the Queen got it back when Diana died.

But if it's something the Queen personally owns, I imagine it could be an actual gift, although the Queen could still loan it out if she didn't want to permanently part with it. Out of all the tiaras listed above, the only tiara I know for sure that is owned by the Queen is the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland. It was a personal gift from Queen Mary to Princess Elizabeth on occasion of her wedding. The ones that definitely belong to the crown are the Vladimir, the Russian Kokoshnik, Rundell & the Cambridge Lover's Knot. All others I'm not certain of without seeing the wills of all the monarchs of the past 100 or so years. But those are sealed from the public.

ETA - *Correction. The Cambridge Lover's Knot is actually personally owned by the Queen. Queen Mary left it to her in her will, and not the "crown". As for the Hanover Fringe, Queen Mary gave it to the Queen Mother in 1936. I have no idea if the Queen Mother left it to Elizabeth or the crown in her will.

02-10-2011, 08:27 PM
Interesting that Girls of Great Britain and Ireland was a gift to the Queen for her wedding, but according to the Fringe Tiara text, she wore a different one for her wedding.

02-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Interesting that Girls of Great Britain and Ireland was a gift to the Queen for her wedding, but according to the Fringe Tiara text, she wore a different one for her wedding.The Hanover Fringe was Elizabeth's "something borrowed".

02-10-2011, 10:05 PM
One other interesting tidbit about the Fringe that the Queen wore for her Wedding...

When the time came to attach the veil and then put it on the then Princess' head, the Tiara broke!! There was a very panicked phone call to the Royal Jewellers and then someone was despatched to Buckingham Palace tout suit to do a quick "patch job" for the then HRH to wear that morning.

If you look carefully at the pictures of that day, you can see where the Tiara looks a bit uneven. That's where the break took place.

BTW, The Queen's Wedding Dress is still one of my all time favourites. I was shocked to hear though that a couple of years ago when The Royal Collection held a Royal Wedding Dress Exhibit at Kensington Palace, out of all the dresses from The Queen, Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and the Queen Mum, it was the The Queen's Wedding Dress that needed the most restoration work on it. You would have thought those older dresses would need more care and work done to them, but nope!!

02-10-2011, 10:51 PM
Did you guys see the photoshopped tiaras on Kate's head in the original link? Scroll all the way down past the pics to updates. I think she looks good in all of them save the Cambridge Lover's Knot. Ironically, the rumor on the same blog is that the CLK is what the Queen is planning to give her.

Holley Calmes
02-10-2011, 11:34 PM
I think they all look lovely on her, though that first one was not photoshoped very well. My favorite is still the Strathmore. What a lovely girl she is!

02-11-2011, 12:11 AM
, the rumor on the same blog is that the CLK is what the Queen is planning to give her.I wouldn't be surprised to learn that that is the tiara she gets. First, it is associated with Diana, and rumor is that it was "left" to William. And second, there is also a rumor that William will be made Duke of Cambridge, so the CLK would be an entirely appropriate gift.

I don't have issue with her getting this tiara. It's lovely and I think it will look good on her (photoshopped pics notwithstanding). I just would rather not see her wearing it on her wedding day.

02-11-2011, 12:49 AM
Me no likey the CLK. It's a good thing I am not Kate Middleton. ;)

02-11-2011, 04:08 AM
I love the Strathmore, and although it's a weak connection, Diana was referred to as "England's Rose", so maybe that'll be enough.

I bet she'll go with something "understated," as much as a diamond tiara can be understated, like the Queen Mother's Scroll.