Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Patricia of Connaught / Lady Patricia Ramsay, who was born on this day in 1883! The granddaughter of Queen Victoria who gave up her title to marry a Scottish Earl’s son and was the aunt of Swedish and Danish Royals, Lady Patricia attending a plethora of grand events wearing a variety of glittering jewels. We have already featured her Honeysuckle Tiara, Fringe Tiara, and Connaught Pearl Brooch, so today we are featuring her Diamond Tiara.
This Diamond Tiara, featuring diamond elements atop a diamond base, seems to have been worn by Lady Patricia at events after her wedding in 1919, and despite its antique design, it doesn’t appear to be a Connaught or Ramsay piece. Lady Patricia notably wore the Tiara at the wedding ball of her niece, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 1935.In 1939, Lady Patricia wore the Tiara at a Gala at Covent Garden in honour of the State Visit of the French President, on the eve of the Second World War.In 1950, Lady Patricia wore her Diamond Tiara for Gala Performance at Covent Garden, in honour of another State Visit by another French President, the first after the end of the Second World War
The last time Lady Patricia was notably pictured in her Diamond Tiara was at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. A few years later, she inherited Princess Helena Victoria’s Honeysuckle Tiara, and wore that for the majority of her Tiara events until her death in 1974. Since this Tiara didn’t appear at the Auction of Lady Patricia’s Jewels, it is supposedly still with her daughter-in-law, Lady Saltoun, and granddaughters.