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The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, c.1890 Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat, sold in 1921 by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted it to take 15 of the Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. It can also be worn "widowed" - without either. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.