This is by no means official nor confirmed by Linda Cho, however, I believe The Milford Haven Tiara may have been Cho’s inspiration behind Anya’s Act 2 tiara. This beautiful piece was created by Bolin in 1890 for Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich who gifted it to his bride, Countess Sophie of Merenberg, granddaughter of Alexander Pushkin. Tsar Alexander III (real and fictional Anastasia’s grandfather) however would not recognize the marriage and the couple moved to Britain. The tiara was then passed down to their daughter, Nadejda Mikhailovna, who married Prince George of Battenberg and later became the Marquess of Milford Haven. The tiara passed down the family until sold, possibly to a Russian buyer.
It’s difficult to deny the visual similarities between Anya’s tiara and the one created by Bolin, I think, but here is where it gets interesting: Countess Sophie was the daughter of Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau and Natalya Alexandrovna Pushkina. However, she was ineligible to bear her father’s title or rank due to the marriage between her parents having been considered a morganatic one. Thus, Sophie’s own marriage to the Grand Duke was considered a morganatic one and likely why it was rejected by the Tsar.
Now, Anya and Dmitry’s own difference in rank is brought up quite a few times in the show. She is still a royal by birth, despite the fact that her family is no longer ruling Russia, whereas Dmitry goes as far as describing himself as a “street rat”. Vlad tells Dmitry at the end of Act 1 that if the Dowager Empress accepts Anya as Anastasia, Dmitry will “never see her again”. Near the end of Act 2, as Dmitry prepares to leave Anya forever, he echoes this sentiment by saying, “I don’t want to be in love with someone I can’t have.” As in, he realizes that he is an ineligible match for a Grand Duchess of Russia. It’s interesting to me, however, that as Anya rejects these sentiments, she kisses Dmitry on the Pont Alexandre III. The bridge built in Tsar Alexander III’s honour. It is then implied that Anya and Dmitry elope together - entering into their own morganatic marriage.
This could all be speculation of course, but considering the history behind the Milford Haven tiara, the parallels to Anya and Dmitry’s own story, and the significance of Tsar Alexander III in both tales, I think that Anya’s costuming choices in this specific scene along with the significance of the Pont Alexandre III as a location hold more meaning than I initially realized.
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