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Just as the royal family wear crowns, members of the peerage, on very formal occasions, would wear small crowns or "coronets." Each rank had a characteristic design incorporated into their official coronet. For a duke or a duchess, this design was one of strawberry leaves, made from precious metals and jewels.

In Wives and Daughters (Part Three, Chapter XXVI) Mrs. Goodenough is sorely disappointed when the Cumnor's guest, a duchess, attends the charity ball without her aristocratic finery:

"...It's late hours for such folks as me, and I only stayed out of my bed to see the duchess, and I thought she'd come in diamonds and a coronet; and it puts one out at my age, to be disappointed in the only chance I'm like to have of so fine a sight."

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