Mountbatten Tiara

Happy Birthday to Lady Pamela Hicks, who turns 90 today! The younger daughter of Lord Mountbatten, first cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s bridesmaid and lady-in-waiting, who married a influential interior designer, Lady Pamela has had a fascinating life, and after featuring a Tiara she reportedly still owns, today we are taking a look at an illustrious jewel no longer in her possession, the Mountbatten Tiara- 

Made by Chaumet around 1910, the Mountbatten Tiara featured diamond scroll motifs topped with diamond trefoils, and is thought to have been acquired by the then Lady Louis Mountbatten, who was a wealthy Heiress, in the 1930s.

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The Tiara was worn by Lady Louis at the Coronation of her husband’s cousin, King George VI in 1937, and a few years later, in a series of official portraits taken to mark her husband’s appointment as the last Viceroy of India, after which he was made Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The Tiara was frequently worn in India, rotated with her Pearl and Diamond Tiara, because “she could not be seen twice in the same one.” Lady Mountbatten wore her Tiara at the Coronation of her niece-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953, and continued to wear it for gala events through the 1950s. Lady Mountbatten died soon after her younger daughter’s wedding in 1960, and the tiara was inherited by Lady Pamela.

While she was no longer the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Pamela and her husband, influential interior designer David Hicks, had a very busy social life in the 1960s and 1970s, and she had wore the Mountbatten Tiara for a plethora of events and portraits, but in 2002, she put it on auction at Sotheby’s. Lady Pamela said:

We’re not pop stars, so we need the money. I am sad to have to sell it as it belonged to my mother and it’s very precious to me. It has, however, come to the point where I have to sell something.”

The Tiara was sold for £149,650, well above the estimate of £100,000-150,000 and was purchased by a private collector, and hasn’t been publicly seen since. However, it was recreated for the film, Viceroy’s House, released in 2017.

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  1. Happy Birthday to Lady Pamela! I wish her joy, especially upon reaching such an excellent age, 90!

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