The Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara
The Boucheron tiara originally made for Dame Margaret Helen McEwan Anderson Greville by the French jeweler Boucheron in 1921, was presented as a gift in part of a collection of ten known pieces left to Queen Elizabeth. Having been a well-known figure in British Society, it was at her quiet estate, Polesden Lacey, that TRH The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) honeymooned in 1923.
The Hon. Mrs. Greville was also a friend of two other Queen Consorts, Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra; in fact, Mrs. Greville played an interesting role in history when she introduced Mrs. George Keppel to her friend’s husband, King Edward VII, beginning a famous “friendship” between Mrs. Keppel and the King. Mrs. Keppel’s granddaughter Rosalind Cubitt (mother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwalll) was Mrs. Greville’s goddaughter.
However, upon her death in 1942 Mrs. Greville would become better known for the amazing collection she left “To Her Majesty The Queen, with my loving thoughts”.
The Boucheron honeycomb tiara as worn by the Queen Mother (pictured above), consists of diamonds set in platinum in a contemporary honeycomb & lozenge design. It was to become Queen Elizabeth’s signature piece after the King’s death, and she wore it consistently throughout her life, well into old age.
Most recently it was modified and loaned by HM Queen Elizabeth II to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2006. It is strongly believed that the Boucheron tiara will likely be the tiara Camilla will wear when she is crowned as Queen Consort, alongside Prince Charles at his coronation.