Lady Alice walked the aisle attired in a plain but elegant dress of while corded silk, with train and with fichu of tuousseline depots. Her tulle veil was ornamented with orange blossoms, and fastened with large diamond star the gift her sister, the Duchess of Hamilton.
The Derby "...tiara rests on a band of pairs of stylized buds between collet-set diamonds, surmounted by a sequence of palmettes outlined by diamond borders linked at the base to lotus flowers graduated toward the back.
Contemporary newspaper reports of the 5 January 1889 wedding of the Hon. Edward George Villiers Stanley (later the 17th Earl of Derby) and Lady Alice Montagu, above on the right, youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Manchester mentioned significant wedding presents.
Among the gifts listed were a diamond necklace and a dressing bag from the bride's parents, the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, and from the Earl of Derby, the groom's uncle, a cheque and diamond tiara. Unfortunately neither a description nor an illustration of this tiara can be found.
"The imposing size and the severity of the classical motifs lend a majestic air to the [Derby] tiara, entirely appropriate for the wife of a man [the 17th Earl] whose wealth won him the title of "king of Lancashire"."
"Their lives were spent in the center of the worlds of politics, racing and diplomacy. With her "grand dame" presence, tact and savoir vivre and his "grand seigneur-affability, their term at the embassy in Paris was the most fabulous in its long history. When they left in 1920, they were given a superlative send off at the Gare du Nord."
"Since then the tiara has descended through three generations."
The Countess of Derby is pictured,wearing the Derby tiara worn upright like a crown at the Caledonian Ball. She has also worn the tiara to various social events such as Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball in 2009 and a fundraiser for the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation in 2011 and on her wedding.
Thank you to Laura!
Sources: Tiara, Diana Scarisbrick; Morning Post, 7 January 1889; London Evening Standard, 7 January 1889;Morning Post;Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser; Dundee Adviser, The Tatler, https://www.tatler.com/gallery/the-raisa-gorbachev-foundation-party#/2018/image/7
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