Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Victoria, Marchioness of Milford Haven, who died on this day in 1950. We’ve taken a look at the Mountbatten Tiara and the Pearl and Diamond Tiara belonging to her daughter-in-law, but today we are going to be featuring a jewel that originates from her, the Mountbatten Pearl Star Tiara!
In 1884, Queen Victoria gave a set of Pearl and Diamond Stars as a Wedding Gift to her granddaughter, Princess Victoria of Hesse, when she married Prince Louise of Battenberg. Those Stars made were into a Tiara that was worn by her daughter, Princess Alice, to marry Prince Andrew of Greece in 1903, and the Tiara was possibly worn at the Coronation of King George V in 1911, remaining with Princess Victoria until 1914, when on a trip to visit her sister, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, in Russia, the First World War broke out and she left her jewels in Russia for safekeeping, and they were lost during the Russian Revolution, along various Romanov Heirlooms and the jewels of her cousin, Queen Marie of Romania. Princess Victoria’s aunt, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, gave her another Pearl and Diamond Star Tiara as a replacement.
In 1922, Princess Victoria, now the Marchioness of Milford Haven, gave that Pearl and Diamond Star Tiara as gift to the Hon. Edwina Ashley when she married her younger son, Lord Louis Mountbatten. Lady Louis (soon to be the infamous Lady Mountbatten) had the Tiara reset by Chaumet in the 1930s, when she was photographed in the piece by Cecil Beaton and also wore the Stars as Brooches.
Lady Mountbatten gave the Tiara as a Wedding gift to her elder daughter, the Hon. Patricia Mountbatten, when she married Baron Brabourne in 1946. The Mountbatten Pearl Star Tiara was worn several times by the eventual Countess Mountbatten, even more as Brooches, and also worn by some of her daughters and daughters-in-law at their Weddings.
The Mountbatten Pearl Star Tiara was notably worn by Penelope Eastwood when she married Lord Romsey (now the 3rd Earl Mountbatten) in 1979. Lady Mountbatten also wore the Tiara to a variety of Royal events including the 50th Birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, whose grandfather was married to Queen Louise of Sweden, the younger daughter of Princess Victoria.
More recently, the Mountbatten Pearl Star Tiara was worn by the Hon. (now Lady) Alexandra Knatchbull, the only daughter of the current Earl and Countess Mountbatten, for her Wedding to Thomas Hooper at Romsey Abbey in 2016. She had also, reportedly, worn the Tiara at Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s Pre-Wedding Gala in 2012. There is no doubt we will continue to see this important Heirloom for years to come!