The historic Portland Tiara, described as a ‘national treasure’ went missing last November from the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire and a reward of up to £100k has been offered for information leading to its recovery.
The diamond-encrusted gold and silver tiara was originally made for Winifred, Duchess of Portland to wear at the coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1902. Her husband, William Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, commissioned Cartier to make it – his wife was one of the duchesses in charge of holding a canopy over Alexander during her anointing ceremony. Some of the gems were removed after the event to make a brooch – and this too was stolen at the same time as the tiara.
The tiara is covered with brilliant cushion- and briolette-cut diamonds with the Portland Diamond as the centrepiece. It is flanked by two diamond drops and other pendant diamonds, all set in gold and silver.
This week the police made an appeal live on BBC One’s Crimewatch, with the hefty reward hoping to attract anyone with information to come forward.
Speaking after the programme aired, Det Insp Gayle Hart told the BBC, ‘We’re still pursuing a number of lines of enquiry but we believe there are people out there who may have crucial information that could help with our investigation.’
A private appeal offering the reward is being administered by The Art Loss Register.