The 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, one of the richest men in the world, died recently. We are taking a look at one of the most worn tiaras from the Westminster collection; the Fabergé Myrtle Wreath Tiara. Made in 1906 by the renowned Russian jeweller, it has been worn by many members of the family, and has been loaned to various exhibitions. We covered the tiaras worn by the current Duchess previously.
The tiara, set in brilliant diamonds, is composed of two sprays of myrtle leaves and berries, with stalks of engraved red gold, and leaves in a rubbed-over silver setting. It was made by Faberge workmaster Albert Holmström, and purchased in 1906 for the wedding of Lord Hugh Grosvenor, a son of the first Duke, and Lady Mabel Crichton, which took place in 1906. Both of their sons became Duke of Westminster because of lack of male heirs in the family.
The Myrtle Wreath tiara was pictured on Sally, Duchess of Westminster, wife of the 4th Duke, and daughter-in-law of Lord Hugh and Lady Mabel. The Tiara was also worn by her successor, Viola, Duchess of Westminster, at the 1969 State Opening of Parliament. The tiara was also worn by Laura Montagu, now Countess of Burlington, who wore it during a photoshoot when she tried on major pieces of the Westminster collection.
In 2004, Lady Tamara Grosvenor, daughter of the 6th Duke, married Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem. She wore the Fabergé Myrtle Wreath Tiara for the wedding ceremony along with floral diamond earrings.
The Myrtle Wreath Tiara was last seen in 2008, when Lady Rosanagh Innes-Ker married the Viscount Grimston at Floors Castle, the family seat of her father, the Duke of Roxburghe. She borrowed the tiara from her maternal uncle, the 6th Duke.
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