Happy 120th birthday to Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia!
“The second bright happy day in our family: at 10.40 in the morning the Lord blessed us with a daughter – Tatiana. Poor Alix suffered all night without shutting her eyes for a moment, and at 8 o’clock went downstairs to Amama’s bedroom. Thank God this time it all went quickly and safely, and I did not feel nervously exhausted. Towards one o’clock the little one was bathed and Yanyshev read some prayers. Mama arrived with Ksenia; we had lunch together. At 4 o’clock there was a Te Deum. Tatiana weighs 8 ¾ pounds and is 54 centimeters long. Our eldest is very funny with her. Read and wrote telegrams…” – Nicholas II 1897
“[Tatiana was] a mixture of sincerity, straightforwardness and perseverance, with the inclination to poetry and abstract ideas. She was closest to her mother and was probably the Empress’s favorite, [as well as] her father’s. Completely devoid of vanity, she was always ready to abandon her own plans if there was an opportunity to take a walk with her father, or do something for her mother, or anything else she was asked.” – Pierre Gilliard
The tiara was given to Queen Mary (of Teck) as a wedding gift when she and the future King George V married in 1893.
After some alterations by Queen Mary, the tiara (without it’s base) was then given to Elizabeth as a wedding gift. She has worn it frequently and is known to refer to it as “Granny’s tiara.” It wasn’t until the 1950s that Elizabeth II realized that the tiara had a separate base, and since then, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara has been worn as one piece.