The tiara was made by jeweller Garrards in 1870 for Lady Poltimore, the wife of Queen Victoria’s treasurer to the household between 1872 and 1874, the second Baron Poltimore.
The fourth Baron Poltimore put it up for auction in January 1959, where it was purchased by the Princess for the sum of £5,500, prior to the official announcement of her engagement to Anthony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowden. Princess Margaret had been recommended the tiara by the deputy master of the household, Patrick Plunkett.
Princess Margaret wore it at her wedding to Lord Snowden in 1960.
Following her death in 2002, the tiara passed to the princess’ children, Lady Sarah Chatto and Viscount Linley.
They put it up for auction at Christie’s London in June 2006. Estimated at £150,000 to £200,000, it sold at £926,400.
There were suggestions that Lord Snowden was unhappy at the selling of the tiara. Any issues were resolved prior to the sale.
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