The duchesses of Devonshire have worn this tiara since 1893, when it was created for Louise, Duchess of Manchester (who married the Duke of Devonshire). It contains approximately 1,900 diamonds.

The duchesses of Devonshire have worn this tiara since 1893, when it was created for Louise, Duchess of Manchester (who married the Duke of Devonshire). It contains approximately 1,900 diamonds.

The Duke of Devonshire by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1811 - William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire KG, PC (1790 – 1858), styled Marquess of Hartington until 1811, was a British peer, courtier and Whig politician. Known as the "Bachelor Duke", he was Lord Chamberlain of the Household between 1827 and 1828 and again between 1830 and 1834.

The Duke of Devonshire by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1811 - William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire KG, PC (1790 – 1858), styled Marquess of Hartington until 1811, was a British peer, courtier and Whig politician. Known as the "Bachelor Duke", he was Lord Chamberlain of the Household between 1827 and 1828 and again between 1830 and 1834.

The Devonshire Tiara, circa 1893-1897,  English: diamonds mounted in silver and gold. This tiara was made for the wife of the 8th Duke of Devonshire, Countess Louise von Alten. She was known as the 'Double Duchess' as she had previously been married to the Duke of Manchester. The tiara is designed as a graduated row of thirteen scrolled palmette motifs, alternating with lotus motifs. These can be removed and worn as individual brooches and other ornaments.

The Devonshire Tiara, circa 1893-1897, English: diamonds mounted in silver and gold. This tiara was made for the wife of the 8th Duke of Devonshire, Countess Louise von Alten. She was known as the 'Double Duchess' as she had previously been married to the Duke of Manchester. The tiara is designed as a graduated row of thirteen scrolled palmette motifs, alternating with lotus motifs. These can be removed and worn as individual brooches and other ornaments.

The Devonshire Intaglio Parure was commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire for Countess Granville, the wife of his nephew, to wear in Moscow at the coronation of Tsar Alexander II in 1856. It consists of seven pieces of jewellery (including a bracelet, bandeau, comb, coronet, stomacher, necklace and diadem), all of which are set with a major part of the 2nd Duke of Devonshire's collection of eighty-eight cameos and intaglios.

The Devonshire Intaglio Parure was commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire for Countess Granville, the wife of his nephew, to wear in Moscow at the coronation of Tsar Alexander II in 1856. It consists of seven pieces of jewellery (including a bracelet, bandeau, comb, coronet, stomacher, necklace and diadem), all of which are set with a major part of the 2nd Duke of Devonshire's collection of eighty-eight cameos and intaglios.

The Duke of Devonshire, painted in Rome by Pompeo Batoni, 1768 - William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748 – 1811) was a British aristocrat & politician. He was the eldest son of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire by his wife the heiress Lady Charlotte Boyle, suo jure Baroness Clifford, who brought in considerable money & estates to the Cavendish family. He was Lord High Treasurer of Ireland & Governor of Cork, and Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

The Duke of Devonshire, painted in Rome by Pompeo Batoni, 1768 - William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748 – 1811) was a British aristocrat & politician. He was the eldest son of William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire by his wife the heiress Lady Charlotte Boyle, suo jure Baroness Clifford, who brought in considerable money & estates to the Cavendish family. He was Lord High Treasurer of Ireland & Governor of Cork, and Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

The Duchess of Devonshire (Dame Deborah Cavendish)  and 11th Duke of Devonshire (Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish)  Pictured outside Buckingham Palace, after the Duchess of Devonshire was made Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.  Universal Pictorial Press Photo, 1999

The Duchess of Devonshire (Dame Deborah Cavendish) and 11th Duke of Devonshire (Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish) Pictured outside Buckingham Palace, after the Duchess of Devonshire was made Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. Universal Pictorial Press Photo, 1999

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