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The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara gets its name from Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, wife of the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich brother of Czar Alexander III of Russia. Made c1890. It can be worn widowed (with the circles empty), with emeralds or (as here) with pearls. Personal collection of Queen Elizabeth II. Duchess Maria, Vladimir Tiaras, Royals Tiaras, Grand Duchess, British Royals, Crowns Jewels, Duchess Vladimir, Russian Revolutions, Royals Families
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Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1854–1920) was considered the grandest of the Grand Duchesses. She married the third son of Alexander II of Russia, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia (1847–1909) in 1874, being one of the very few princesses with Slavic patriline to ever marry a male dynast of the Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov. Her collection of jewels was one of most fabulous collections to have ever been assembled.
The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, c.1890 Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.
Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Emeralds. Queen Mary, grandmother to Queen Elizabeth, purchased this tiara in 1921 from the collection of the Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of Tsar Nicholas II, for whom the tiara was made. A note about the necklace: According to the Royal Collection, it was given to Queen Mary as a gift on her first visit to India as the British Queen Empress. It is made up of emeralds and later had added to it an 8.8 carat marquise diamond cut from the Cullinan Diamond.
Grand Duchess Vladimir (Maria Pavlovna "the Elder") of Russia, aka "Miechen" nee Marie Alexandrine Elisabeth Eleonore of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. A prominent hostess in St Petersburg, she was known as the grandest of the grand duchesses. Married to 3rd son of Tsar Alexander II. Mother of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna who married Prince Nicholas of Greece.