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Oben ein Bild des herrlichen Derby Diadems, der Herzogin Devonshire


The Derby tiara worn upright like a crown by the Countess of Derby, above left, at her wedding in october 1995.
On the right, Duchess Evelyn, wife of the ninth Duke of Devonshire, Mistress of the Robes to Queen Mary. She wears also the derby diadem together with the Devonshire parure made for Duchess Louise.

The tiara rests on a band of pairs of stylized buds between collet-set diamonds, surmounted by a sequence of palmettes outlined by diamond borders linked at the base to lotus flowers graduated toward the back.
The design is made in 1802 by Skinner of Orchard Street for the Duchess of Devonshire, mother* of the Countess of Derby, who was presumably given this tiara at the time of her marriage in 1889.

The imposing size and the severity of the classical motifs lend a majestic air to the tiara, entirely appropriate for the wife of a man whose wealth won him the title of "king of Lancashire".

Their lives were spent in the center of the worlds of politics, racing and diplomacy.

With her "grand dame" presence, tact and savoir vicre and his "grand seigneur-affability, their term at the embassy in Paris was the most fabulous in its long history.

When they left in 1920, they were given a superlative send off at the Gare du Nord. Since then the tiara has descended through three generations.

Lady Evelyn Fitzmaurice (1870–1960) was the wife of the Hon. Victor Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire. It is said that ‘preferring inanimate objects to humans’, she was ever critical of her family and her servants. However, she had a passion for restoring the tapestries of Chatsworth.

Another picture of the late Duchess wearing the derby diadem and her jewels.

Devonshire Parure made by Hancock

*The 17th Earl of Derby married the daughter of the 7th Duke of Manchester in 1889. However, her mother (then a widow) did not marry the 8th Duke of Devonshire until 1892. So, the Duchess of Devonshire was mother to the Countess of Derby but not at the time of her daughter's marriage.

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