A magnificent tiara worn at the coronation of both King George VI in 1937 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Christies offers in his catalogue:
"One of the most outstanding and illustrious tiaras of English history which has been in the same family for over 100 years (estimate: £300,000-400,000). Appearing at auction for the first time."
The Imperial State Crown (1937) is worn by the Queen at each State Opening of Parliament. One of the youngest crowns in the collection, it holds a number of much older gems. The crown was remade in 1937 after the previous frame weakened under the weight of the gemstones.
Today it is mounted on the front of Britain’s Imperial State Crown, which is located in the Tower of London. Britain’s Imperial State Crown contains more famous gems than virtually any other ornament in the world, including the Black Prince’s Ruby, the Stuart Sapphire, St. Edward’s Sapphire and the Cullinan II diamond. Illustration from Younghusband & Davenport (1919).