Sunday, August 27, 2017
Victoria's Crown has been saved
William Bollinger, an Irish-American "hedge fund tycoon," has been identified as the purchaser of Queen Victoria's coronet. He purchased the "tiny tiara," for the Victoria & Albert Museum, reports the Sunday Times.
The battle to keep the crown in the United Kingdom has taken more than a year since the original report of the sale to a foreign buyer (and the government refusing to issue an export license.)
The tiara will not go on display until January 2019, the bicentenary of Victoria's birth, according the newspaper.
Victoria was born May 24, 1819 at Kensington Palace.
Mr. Bollinger and his wife, Judith, have already made a large donation to the musem for a jewelery gallery, which will bear their name.
My earlier report includes information on the provenance of the coronet.