Nothing common about a tiara

similar in style: the 1934 Cartier tiara with lotus design


Oh, the tiara!  The most important thing that does so much to elevate one on the BIG DAY.

This site displays a nice array of illustrious figures wearing the 1936 Cartier Halo tiara which Kate wore on her wedding day.

Something borrowed:  the tiara is part of the Royal Collection.

It had belonged to the late Queen Mother, given to her by her husband, the Duke of York, later George VI.  See the trailer for The King’s Speech here.  No tiaras in the film, as I recall, but bloody good dialogue.

Prince William married a commoner.  So did George VI, his great-grandfather.   Yet Bertie’s wife was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, no mere miss.  Interestingly, British law deems anyone a commoner who is not royalty or a peer. Whether they are the descendant of a coal miner or an earl.

Putting the law aside, one could argue the Queen Mother was someone not quite in the common way.

But we were discussing tiaras.  Princess Charlotte’s tiara was described as diamonds fashioned into a wreath of roses and leaves.  The detail of this crown is difficult to see in the old plate below.

Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold wedding processional

The jeweller who made the princess’ tiara was Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.  The firm was subsequently commissioned to craft her father George IV’s state diadem that evoked similar motifs:  roses, thistles and shamrocks.  This famous crown was worn by Her Majesty for her coronation and gets trotted out for the opening of Parliament.

It is not inconceivable to imagine we see the remnants of Charlotte’s crown in her father’s:

The Diamond Diadem, 1820

Improper Vow

“”Miss Montgomery, I’ll wager, won’t be so easily pawned off like the last one.”

“The last one?”

“Yes.  The one you made your mistress.”

The proper Miss Vivien Montgomery, daughter of a scandalous marriage, has made friends with the earl of Northam’s heiress, in spite of his disapproval.  Mistaking Vivien for an adventuress, Lord Northam tries to sever the connection by proposing an improper one of his own.  Upon realizing his mistake, his lordship finds he is beguiled by Miss Montgomery, even when he discovers his stolen colt is now in her stable. Together, they must remove all deception between them if they are to satisfy an old vow and make a new one together.

An excerpt of my debut Regency novel—as yet unpublished.