The New Liturgical Movement has this piece about the presentation to the Pope of a new tiara:
Just a quick note as some of our readers may be interested in this story published by John Sonnen about a papal tiara that was gifted to Pope Benedict XVI , commissioned by Dieter Philippi and crafted by a Bulgarian Orthodox liturgical firm.
The tiara was presented to the pontiff today by Dieter Philippi and a small delegation of Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.
Fr Blake has also commented about it here.
Both posts have attracted anumber of comments - including one from myself.
I cannot understand why anyone would not want the Pope to be crowned with the tiara and wear it on appropriate occasions.
I think this is a very handsome gift, and we must hope the Pope, or, at some distant date in the future, his successor, takes the hint. Whether they will is, of course, an unknowable matterat the moment.
This story reminds me of a plan I had a while ago, which was to publish some posts about the history of the tiara and the examples which exist in the Vatican and elsewhere. Once I can find some more time I will do so.