|Photos (clockwise from top left): tiara detail; Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley; tiara detail|
One of the very most unusual tiaras ever to grace the head of a Windsor is undoubtedly this one: the beechwood tiara made by David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley.
Viscount Linley, who is the only son of the late Princess Margaret, is an aristocrat with a job: he is the founder and chairman of LINLEY, a furniture company that produces products for the retail market and one-of-a-kind pieces for clients. Linley himself designs many of the pieces produced by the company.
Linley's wife, Serena, modeled the piece for a portrait which was included in the display; she backed the tiara with a beehive that calls to mind her mother-in-law's famous bouffant. All in all, it's a rather remarkable piece, one that I hope has remained with the Linleys in their own collection. Who wouldn't love to be surprised by the appearance of a lightweight wooden tiara at an event one of these days?