Tiara Time: Baby Cambridge’s First Tiara

Royal Baby Trading Cards

the makers of these Baby Cambridge trading cards are certainly keeping their asses covered

[Let it never be said that We don’t bow to the desires of the public.]

Well as Royal Baby Watch continues, bets are being taken as to whether it will be a prince or a princess, the given name and anything else one might speculate upon–weight & length; direction of fingerprint spiral patterns; Wills stomachs the delivery without getting light-headed or Wills faints at the sight of this royal yet completely pedestrian miracle of nature–you name it. They’ll take odds on anything in England, your Blog Hostess should know!

the press fills the sidewalk outside St, Mary's Hospital, waiting for the legendary labor to begin

the press fills the sidewalk outside St, Mary’s Hospital, waiting for the legendary labor to begin

Naturally, there’s one facet of the impending Baby Cambridge that only We here at Tiaras and Trianon have the acumen to address. What will the future Prince/Princess of Cambridge’s first piece of Royal Headgear be? [Hey, sometimes you gotta pioneer & get your hands dirty to get that hard-hitting, award-winning news story.]

To your Blog Hostess, the answer is obvious. Mind you, we’re not talking about Royal Millinery. Clearly the fair-skinned cherub will have many a bonnet to protect “their” complexion. Couture bonnets…don’t get me started!

princess lilabet's coronet from her father's coronation

the future Queen Elizabeth II & the future Countess of Snowdon wore identical medieval-style coronets to their father’s coronation.

Princess Lillabet’s Coronet is the only suitable choice: it’s unisex, a hand-me-down/heirloom from his Great-Grandma Elizabeth, plus it was forged to celebrate a pivotal event in the monarchy’s history.

the history of the coronet

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Lilibet on George VI's Cornation Day 1937.

Both Elizabeths–mother & daughter–greet the public.

In May 1937, King George VI’s coronation also provided new gleaming headpieces for the royal mother and her daughters. Immediately after their mother’s official coronation as Queen Elizabeth, Princess Lilabet and Princess Margaret crowned themselves with Lilliputian circlets fashioned in the style of medieval coronets. Created by the royal family’s jeweller, Garrard & Company, these “trinkets” were silver-lined and silver gilt…yet oddly gleaming gold.

In addition to being heart-achingly darling, the 11 year-old Princess Lilabet assumed her regal duties as she greeted the public from the balcony at Buckingham Palace with her mother, just as a future Queen of England should. Like every adoring grandmother, Mary of Teck wrote in her diary that the princesses “looked too sweet…especially when they put on their coronets“.

upcoming Formal events makes Lilabet’s Coronet Trés appropriate

…and incredibly handy. Let’s face it, child-sized royal headgear is in short supply. [As far as We know these coronets are the only two, assuming they still exist.] Aside from the coronet being fashionably suitable for a boy or girl, its rich history and illustrious owner, Baby Cambridge will have many an opportunity to wear the gilt circlet, assuming “their” head doesn’t grow at a preposterous pace.

Baby Cambridge will witness at least two coronations in “their” lifetime: Grandpa Charles, current Prince of Wales and that of Wills, her royal daddy. Depending on when–and if–this happens, what a convenient circlet to have on hand! And while we’re on the subject of “when-and-if,” what a darling accessory to top off tiny formal attire at Uncle Harry’s nuptials. No pressure Harry, we love you and your ginger-brained pranks! Never change…Baby C also has the weddings of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York looming sometime in the future.  Unfortunately, Aunt Pippa’s book signings are not tiara events.

Naturally, it all depends on how the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge plan to parent. Will they bring their child to state dinners? Many a parent loves to show off a well-behaved child when friends come to dinner, might the same apply to Baby Cambridge? [I can hear Queen Elizabeth shuddering at the thought from here, an ocean and a continent away.]

Whilst We fabricate imaginary tiara events, beyond Our cogitation and conjecture one fact is immutable. We won’t know if Baby Cambridge won’t be wearing Princess Lilabet’s Coronet until the royal rugrat’s neck is strong enough to support it.

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10 Responses to Tiara Time: Baby Cambridge’s First Tiara

  1. Angelyn says:

    this was a scream!

    “We here at Tiaras and Trianon have the acumen to address.” — precisely!

    Mary of Teck: grim as usual.


    • You know Angelyn, I wasn’t having the greatest day and those 4 words (+exclamation point) just turned the whole thing around.
      I constantly wonder how to integrate humor into tiaras & royalty & Marie Antoinette, often with the conclusion that nobody gets it. You have no idea how much it means to find out I’m pulling it off! (Though I admit this topic was an easy target ;o!)

      Thank you, again, for leaving a comment and such an uplifting one! Hope you have a beautiful day! n*


  2. cindy knoke says:

    I think the trianons are tres chic! What a power packed post of princessly proportions. No breezing quickly through your posts. Still I am learning the intricacies of early Greek History from an erudite Greek historian, so why not add this component as well, I ask you rhetorically. I will just stay up a half hour later each night!
    Fascinating info! Thank you~

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    • *blushing* First and foremost,thank you for the follow Cindy! And the kind words; tt’s been years since somebody’s called me ‘erudite’ and I’m absolutely glowing!

      I don’t think I’ve felt this lauded since back in college making the Dean’s List. Thank you so much! I hope you’ll be a regular and the upcoming posts will entertain you just as much! n*

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  3. e1aine says:

    I want it to be one of those really thin gold bands that you see in medieval (fantasy?) dramas. The sort of thing King Arthur (or a fairy) would wear. Do you know what I mean?

    I’ve no idea of the terminology, even after reading your explanations – which I really enjoyed by the way.

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    • ah! you’re talking about a medieval circlet…I know, the ones up on Tiara Terminology are the more modern ones. None of those thin gold bands survived because they were most likely melted down to re-use the gold. Unfortunately, this is happens to many tiaras; the gems & gold are “recycled” to make a new one.

      But yes, I definitely agree, a wee circlet like that would be just darling…a baptism circlet if you will! The coronet was for an 11 year-old so he’ll have to grow into it!

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  4. I would have done the ‘unthinkable’ but after reading your visitors’ compliments, I thought it might be wise to ensure you don’t get above yourself. After all, your tiara would no longer fit and we can’t have that!

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