Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Greek Key tiara of Princess Alice and Princess Anne

Greek Key Tiara
 Greek Key Tiara (belonging to Princess Alice of Greece and Princess Anne)
The tiara belonged to
Princess Alice of Battenburg
(mother of the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Alice of Battenberg was born in the Tapestry Room at Windsor Castle in Berkshire in the presence of her great-grandmother, Queen Victoria at the queen's invitation. She was the eldest child of Prince Louis of Battenberg and his wife Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. Her mother was the eldest daughter of Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, the second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Princess Alice of Greece
This tiara was wedding gift to the then Princess Elizabeth from her mother-in-law Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (Princess Alice).
Princess Anne of the United Kingdom
The meander tiara is in the classical Greek 'key pattern' featuring a large brilliant cut diamond in the centre surrounded by a diamond wreath. The tiara also incorporates a central wreath of leaves and scrolls on either side. The Queen has never worn it in public and it was given to Princess Anne around 1972. Princess Anne has worn the tiara in public, notably during her engagement to Mark Phillips.
HRH Princess Anne, Princess Royal