Yes, the wedding dress may be what most folks will debate fiercely over for days to come, but we’re also oh-so-excited to find out which of the many royal wedding tiaras the new princess, Meghan Markle, will don on her head. It’s an occasion of pomp and circumstance, after all.
Queen Elizabeth II has scores of tiaras in her jewellery vault, any of which will serve as the perfect wedding headgear for Markle. Still, there’s been rampant rumours that the bride-to-be could be wearing the Spencer family tiara, which Princess Diana wore for her wedding to Prince Charles.
No doubt, Prince Harry would want to honour the memory of his mother during the ceremony (Lady Jane Fellowes, Diana’s sister, is set to give the wedding reading). There was also that heartwarming gesture where Prince Harry designed Markle’s custom engagement ring with Diana’s diamonds, so there could even be a possibility of another bespoke piece of jewellery for the lucky lady in love.
UPDATE (May 19):
Meghan Markle wears a diamond tiara from The Queen’s collection. Made in 1932 for Queen Mary, Prince Harry’s great-great grandmother, the bandeau features a centre brooch dating all the way back from 125 years ago.
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We look back at some other covetous royal wedding tiaras in the past.
1. Kate Middleton, 2011
Not too far back, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wore this gorgeous Cartier halo tiara for her wedding to Prince William. Prior to 2011, the delicate diamond piece was rarely seen publicly. The tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by the Duke of York, three weeks before he became King George VI, for his Duchess, then Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother.
2. Sophie Rhys-Jones, 1999
Perhaps one of the most unique royal wedding tiaras is Sophie Rhys-Jones’. For her 1999 wedding to the Earl of Wessex, the Countess got a brand new sparkly tiara, reportedly made by constructing four antique pieces from Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet.
3. Lady Sarah Chatto, 1994
One of the most low-key royals, Lady Sarah Chatto, wore one of the most gorgeous diamond royal wedding tiaras of all time. Daughter of the late Princess Margaret, The Queen’s niece took to the altar with the Snowdon Floral Tiara on her head. The flower-patterned crown was created from brooches given to Princess Margaret by her then husband, Lord Snowdon.
4. Sarah Ferguson, 1986
Unofficially known as the York Tiara, the diamond-encrusted piece first made its appearance during the wedding of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Supposedly a gift from The Queen and Prince Philip to Fergie, this regal accessory features diamond-covered swirl leaf details. There’s speculation that Princess Eugenie of York will wear the York Tiara on her upcoming October 2018 wedding day. The royal wedding fever continues.
5. Princess Diana, 1981
Princess Diana‘s famous wedding tiara, known as the Spencer Tiara and as the name suggests, actually belongs to her family, who can trace their blue-blood lineage back to Tudor times. The regal crown is made of various pieces of jewellery, the central part specifically from a 1919 wedding gift to Diana’s grandmother, Lady Cynthia Hamilton.
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The tiara is affixed with a 53.84-ct pearl drop most likely harvested from the Persian Gulf. Approximately sized like a quail’s egg, this was previously owned by Queen Mary of England and passed down the royal lineage until it was eventually acquired by Cartier. Part of the Cartier’s Royal Collection.
Designed by British student Scott Armstrong of famed arts college Central St Martins, the Vertiges diadem was created in partnership with Chaumet. Emeralds, originally Armstrong’s gemstone of choice, were replaced with tourmalines and green garnets.
Strung with nine fancy intense yellow diamonds totalling 8.43-cts, this tiara’s row of yellow diamonds is interspersed with four-petalled diamond flowers that can be detached and worn as a bracelet, making this a good example of today’s hunt for versatile jewellery pieces that can be worn on multiple occasions. Part of The Great Gatsby line from the Tiffany Blue Book 2013 collection.