Gird your loins royals: A British tiara “worth millions” was just stolen in what sounds like the plot to an Ocean’s Eleven heist.
According to BBC, the treasured Portland Tiara was snatched from an armored glass encasement today from the Portland Collection Gallery at Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottingham, England, by a band of thieves.
Alarms sounded, but guards and the police arrived 90 seconds too late, allowing the thieves to abscond with the treasure in a silver Audi S5 that was reportedly later dumped 30 minutes away from the scene of the crime.
Created for Winifred, Duchess of Portland to wear to the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII (Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandfather), the tiara features the Portland Diamond, which is flanked by two diamond drops, as well as additional diamond pendants, silver and gold.
James Lewis of Bamford Auctioneers told the publication the tiara was “designed in a period where money was no object. It could be worth millions—but it’s such a well-known piece it can’t come up for public sale.”
Fingers crossed those pesky thieves don’t break it up and sell those precious gems individually. Until then, we’re looking at you, George Clooney.