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    Royal Tiaras of the Extended Family - The Tudors Wiki

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    Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna in the Vladimir Tiara now in the collection of the British Royal Family

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    Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara was designed and executed in the tradition of the late 19th century, and consisted of a combination of diamonds and pearls. The Grand Duchess escaped from Russia during the 1917 Russian Revolution but left her renowned collection of jewelry including the Vladimir Tiara, hidden in a vault in the Vladimir Palace in St. Petersburg, at the time of her escape.

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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.

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (the elder), wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich.

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.

Labelled as Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna wearing a large emerald star tiara.

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Cambridge Emeralds. Picture courtesy of Geoffrey Munn.

Waterfall tiara of HIH Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the younger of Russia

Großfürstin Tatjana von Russland, Grand Duchess of Russia | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Grand Duchesses (that they would all soon be executed -murdered- is hard to believe)

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.