Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born at Windsor Castle on this day in 1883. An active, full-time working member of the Royal Family for 98 years, Princess Alice attended countless glittering occasions for decades, often wearing this Diamond Palmette Tiara-
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Of unknown provenance, the Diamond Palmette Tiara, featuring large, swinging yellow diamonds, began to be worn in the 1920s and 30s, and is thought to be a purchase from that time, during which the Earl and Countess of Athlone served as Viceroy and Viceregal Consort of South Africa and Canada. As the sister of the last reigning Grand Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, she also wore the Tiara at the pre-wedding Ball of her niece, Princess Sibylla, to Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden.
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. She was the last surviving grandchild and the longest lived British Princess of the Blood Royal and lived through six reigns: Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King Edward VIII, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. #princessalice #countessofathlone
After WWII, and her return to the UK, Princess Alice continued to wear her Diamond Palmette Tiara at glittering events for decades, remaining an active, through largely out of the limelight, member of the royal family. The Tiara was seen at various State Openings of Parliament, State Banquets, and the 50th Anniversary Service of the Order of the British Empire.
The stately tiara of HRH Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone (1883-1981). We sold this great tiara in London on 12 December 1984. Seems like yesterday I had to catalogue this piece and write the condition report!! @christiesjewels @christiesinc #christiesjewels #christiesinc #christies #artdeco #diamond #tiara #royaljewels #throwback
After Princess Alice’s death in 1981, the Diamond Palmette Tiara was inherited by Princess Alice’s only surviving child, Lady May Abel Smith, who auctioned it at Christie’s in 1984, for $33,696. It’s present location is unknown.
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