22 Oct Suspected thieves in court over stolen £3.5m Cartier tiara worn to Edward VII’s coronation | UK News
Twelve men and a woman have been charged over the theft of a £3.5m Cartier tiara worn to the coronation of Edward VII.
The Portland Tiara, described as a “national treasure”, was stolen during a break-in at an art gallery on the Welbeck Estate in Sherwood Forest in November 2018, Nottinghamshire Police said.
A diamond brooch, which had been alongside the tiara inside an armoured glass display case, was also taken during the burglary at Harley Gallery in Worksop.
The 13 people who appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday were aged between 21 and 49 and were from Nottinghamshire, London and Birmingham.
They were charged with various offences linked to the alleged conspiracy and have been bailed conditionally to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 19 November.
The 6th Duke of Portland commissioned Cartier to create the tiara for his wife, Winifred, Duchess of Portland.
She wore the diamond-encrusted headpiece to the coronation of King Edward, the Queen’s great-grandfather, in 1902.
The duchess was one of four canopy bearers to Queen Alexandra during the coronation.
The tiara, which had a centrepiece of the Portland Diamond, was flanked by two diamond drops and other pendant diamonds, all set in gold and silver.
The accompanying diamond brooch that was also stolen was composed of diamond clusters that previously stood at the apex of the tiara, but were later repurposed into the pin.