The Lotus Flower Tiara was made for Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon from a necklace she received as a wedding present from her future husband, Albert, Duke of York, at that time. The necklace, a Greek key pattern with diamonds and pearls, was dismantled by Garrard who reworked it into its present style.
The tiara has fanned lotus shaped motifs crowned by diamond arches and studded with pearls underneath the lotus shape, each motif also has a central top pearl. The Duchess of York wore the tiara as a bandeau across her forehead which was dictated by the fashion of the era, however it can be worn in the more traditional way too. After she became queen, Elizabeth stopped wearing the tiara and she gave it to her daughter, Princess Margaret, who wore it often in her younger years.
After Margaret’s death in 2002, her children had to sell many of her possessions due to inheritance tax and many assumed the tiara had been sold as well, however the mystery of its whereabouts was resolved in 2013 when the Duchess of Cambridge wore it at a diplomatic reception in 2013 and the Chinese State Dinner in 2015.
Original Owner: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Current Owner: Queen Elizabeth II