Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (4 August 1900 - 30 March 2002) b. Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon.
“Wouldn’t it be terrible if you’d spent all your life doing everything you were supposed to do, didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, didn’t eat things, took lots of exercise, and suddenly, one day, you were run over by a big red bus and, as the wheels were crunching into you, you’d say, ‘Oh my God, I could have got so drunk last night.’ That’s the way you should live your life, as if tomorrow you’ll be run over by a big red bus.”
This tiara was made in 1925. It was given as a wedding present to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She then gave it to her daughter Princess Margaret. It is a tiara with papyrus-shaped mounts framed in scrolls separated with palmettes. The diamond trails arch above, surmounted by diamonds and a pearl.
”[..] but I feel I must tell you that I have always cared for you & had the hope that you would one day care for me. Things were difficult for both of us weren’t they from the start, & I understand from your letter that you want me to forget it. I have no other alternative I am afraid so I will try.” - Duke of York to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, letter dated 16 March 1922