Queen Victoria’s Turkish Diamond Parure

This month, we have been marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria by featuring her Top 20 Jewels, one for each decade since the Birth of 2nd-longest reigning British Monarch, in the 20 days leading up to the Anniversary itself, and today’s feature is her Turkish Diamond Parure-
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Astor Tiara

Today marks the 140th Anniversary of the birth of Nancy, Viscountess Astor, the fascinating American Heiress who became the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the British House of Commons. It is also the Birth Anniversary of her husband, the 2nd Viscount Astor, with whom she shared a birthday. To mark the Anniversary (ahead of the Centenary of her taking her seat later this year), we are taking a look at her illustrious Astor Tiara-

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Waldegrave Tiara

Happy Birthday to Lady Susan Hussey, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley, who turns 80 today! The daughter of the 12th Earl and Countess Waldegrave, sister of the 13th Earl Waldegrave and Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, and the widow Baron Hussey of North Bradley who is the Queen’s long serving Woman of the Bedchamber and one of the godmothers of the Duke of Cambridge, Lady Susan has attended a plethora of glittering occasions, often wearing this family heirloom- Continue reading