Hochzeitsgeschenk an die Prinzessin Marina von Griechenland, von ihrem Mann, dem Herzog von Kent.
All diamond scroll pattern tiara with brilliant cluster centre and entourage of baguette diamonds. The whole centre motif is interchangeable with a ruby and diamond ornament of the same design and can be worn as a brooch. It was one of the wedding gifts from the Duke of Kent to his bride Princess Marina.
The tiara was worn by the Duchess of Kent in the 1930s on different occasions, as noted in the press:
Duchess of Kent’s Unusual Tiara. The Duchess of Kent, who only decided at the last moment to accompany the Queen, and gave the huge crowds outside the theatre a pleasant surprise, also wore black velvet, relieved by a gleaming white fox-fur cape. Her diamond tiara was so narrow that it more nearly resembled a bandeau. The Royal party occupied a special box, with blue velvet, that had been constructed for the occasion in the centre of the dress circle.
Duchess of Kent, in a white and silver crepe diamante gown, with a short white ermine cape and a narrower diamond bandeau made a charming picture.
ROSE BALL BOUQUET. AT the Rose Ball the Duchess of Kent was presented with a programme on whose cover were an embroidered pink crepe-de-Chine Alexandra rose with a crown and the Duchess's initials. She wore her small bandeau.
The Court Ball, the Duchess of Kent had a comparatively small diamond bandeau in her hair, with gardenias at the back, her dress was a slim one of white crepe.
In later days, from ca 1940, the diamond tiara bandeau is never seen in public; its whereabouts is not known.
Sources: By YVONNE; Sunday Times; Londonderry Sentinel - Saturday 28 Dec 1935; Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 25 November 1937
Thank you to Laura for her help.
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