Cheerio, all! Susanne "Royal Wedding Watcher" Dietze here.
|Princess Eugenie at the 2013 Trooping of the Color. Public Domain.|
Easy peasy, right?
Ha! Was I wrong.
I can't find one photo from Eugenie's big day that I can share without fearing the Photo Police will come calling...nor can I find one photo of the tiara, which is almost a hundred years old. Why the lack of available historical photos of it?
Here's why: The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara hasn't been seen in over 75 years. In fact, some people weren't sure the diamond and emerald stunner actually existed until Princess Eugenie wore it at her wedding.
Sounds mysterious, doesn't it?
Let's delve into its history!
The tiara, also known as the Greville tiara, was crafted by a Parisian jewelry house, Boucheron, for Dame Margaret Greville in 1919.
|Dame Margaret and a canine friend, circa 1920. Public Domain.|
|Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, portrait by Richard Stone, 1986. Public Domain.|
That didn't happen here, and clearly the tiara was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II when her mother passed away in 2002. The Queen graciously loaned it to her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, for her wedding!
|Queen Elizabeth II toasts with President George Bush in the State Dining Room, White House, 2007. She wears the "Girls of Great Britain" Tiara. Public Domain.|
To see fifty photos of the wedding, the tiara, and all the fun, click People magazine, here.
What did you think of the Greville tiara?
Susanne Dietze has been a Royal Wedding Watcher since she was a kid and Diana Spencer married Prince Charles. Her novel The Reluctant Guardian just won the Book Buyer's Best Contest for Best Inspirational Romance.