The 22 Most Gorgeous Royal Wedding Tiara Moments of All Time
When Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry on May 19, she'll finally get to partake in one of the greatest perks of being a royal: wearing a tiara. In honor of the occasion, take a look back at 22 of
Wedding date: July 30, 2011
Wedding tiara: Zara wore a Greek key-patterned tiara. The diadem, which is in Princess Anne's collection and is one of her favorites, once belonged to Prince Philip's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. It's often called Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara.
CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
Wedding date: April 29, 2011
Wedding tiara: Kate wore the Cartier Halo Tiara, also called the Cartier Scroll Tiara, for her wedding to Prince William in 2011. It was loaned to the Duchess by Queen Elizabeth II. The tiara was purchased by Elizabeth's father, King George VI, for his wife, the Queen Mother, in 1936. The Queen Mother then gave the gorgeous tiara to Elizabeth on her 18th birthday.
Wedding date: May 17, 2008
Wedding tiara: Autumn married Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's son, wearing the Festoon tiara, which was given to Anne in 1973 by the World Wide Shipping Group. Anne wears the delicate diamond tiara
LADY ROSE GILMAN
Wedding date: July 19, 2008
Wedding tiara: Lady Rose wore the Iveagh Tiara on her wedding day. The tiara was given to Queen Mary as a wedding gift from Lord and Lady Iveagh, also known as Edward and Adelaide Guinness, and it was eventually passed on to Lady Rose's mother, Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester.
Wedding date: May 6, 2006
Wedding tiara: Laura Lopes, the daughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and her first husband Andrew Parker Bowles, wore a family heirloom, the Cubitt-Shand tiara, on her wedding day. The tiara once belonged to Camilla's grandmother, Sonia Cubitt, and later to Camilla's mother, Rosalind Shand. The floral tiara was also worn by Camilla at her first wedding in 1973.
CLAIRE WINDSOR, COUNTESS OF ULSTER
Wedding date: June 22, 2002
Wedding tiara: While little information about Claire Windsor's wedding jewelry is known publicly, the all-diamond diadem is believed to be one of the six tiaras owned by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Claire's in-laws.
SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX
Wedding date: June 19, 1999
Wedding tiara: Sophie married Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, in an intimate royal wedding at Windsor Castle in 1999. Sophie's diamond tiara was a gift from the Queen. It was remodeled for Sophie by the crown
LADY SARAH CHATTO
Wedding date: July 14, 1994
Wedding tiara: Princess Margaret's daughter wore the Snowdon Floral Tiara on her wedding day. The tiara is comprised of three diamond floral brooches Antony Armstrong-Jones gave to Princess Margaret as wedding presents in 1960. Margaret wore the brooches on their own, but they weren't turned into a diadem until Sarah's wedding in 1994.
SERENA ARMSTRONG-JONES, COUNTESS OF SNOWDON
Wedding date: October 8, 1993
Wedding tiara: Serena married David Armstrong-Jones, the son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara that belonged to Margaret. The diamond and pearl tiara was given to Princess Margaret by her mother in 1959.
LADY HELEN TAYLOR
Wedding date: July 18, 1992
Wedding tiara: Taylor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, chose the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara for her wedding day. Her mother Katharine also wore the gorgeous tiara to her wedding. That tiara is believed to be a modified version of a bandeau tiara that once belonged to Queen Mary, the Order of Splendor reports.
SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK
Wedding date: July 23, 1986
Wedding tiara: Sarah wore a diamond and platinum tiara for her wedding to Prince Andrew, the Queen's second son. The tiara, which is often called the York Diamond Tiara, was purchased by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh from Garrard. It is part of a necklace, earring, and bracelet set given to Sarah by the Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding gift.
Wedding date: July 29, 1981
Wedding tiara: Princess Diana wore her family tiara, the Spencer
PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT
Wedding date: June 30, 1978
Wedding tiara: Princess Michael, also known as Marie Christine, only wore a tiara to a ball held after her wedding, not at her actual marriage ceremony. She chose the Kent City of London Fringe tiara for the celebration, a piece which was originally given to Princess Michael's mother-in-law, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent by the City of London on her wedding day in 1934. The tiara was left to her husband, Prince
Wedding date: November 14, 1973
Wedding tiara: Queen Elizabeth's only daughter chose a particularly meaningful tiara for her wedding to Mark Phillips: Queen Mary's Russian Fringe tiara, which the Queen also wore on her wedding day. The tiara contains 47 diamond bars along with smaller diamond spikes and was made by Garrard.
BIRGITTE, DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER
Wedding date: July 8, 1972
Wedding tiara: Interestingly enough, Brigitte didn't wear a jeweled tiara on her wedding day to Prince Richard of Gloucester. Instead, she wore a crown of flowers in her hair to secure her veil.
PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF KENT
Wedding date: April 24, 1963
Wedding tiara: Princess Alexandra of Kent wore the Kent City of London Fringe tiara on her wedding day, which she borrowed from her mother Princess Marina. The stunning tiara was given to Marina, on her wedding day in 1934.
KATHARINE, DUCHESS OF KENT
Wedding date: June 8, 1961
Wedding tiara; Katharine, Duchess of Kent wore the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara when she married Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. The tiara had been given to her by her mother-in-law, Princess Marina, and she wore it often.
Wedding date: May 6, 1960
Wedding tiara: Margaret wore the Poltimore Tiara on her wedding day, which was purchased as Margaret's engagement to Antony Armstrong-Jones was announced. Garrard created the tiara in the 1870s for Lady Florence Poltimore. Sadly, the gorgeous piece was sold after Margaret's death at auction in 2006.
Wedding date: November 20, 1947
Wedding tiara: Queen Elizabeth wore Queen Mary's Russian Fringe tiara on her wedding day. The piece of jewelry was made for Queen Mary, the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth, in 1919 and can be worn as a necklace or atop the head. Elizabeth's tiara famously broke on her wedding
PRINCESS ALICE, DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER
Wedding date: November 06, 1935
Wedding tiara: Alice didn't actually wear a tiara to her royal wedding to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Instead, she wore a crystal headdress that attached to her tulle veil. The wedding was an unexpectedly somber occasion because Alice's father died only weeks before the ceremony.
PRINCESS MARINA, DUCHESS OF KENT
Wedding date: November 29, 1934
Wedding tiara: Princess Marina was given this diamond fringe tiara by the City of London on her wedding day, when she married Prince George, Duke of Kent. The tiara has since earned the name Kent City of London Fringe
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
Wedding date: April 26, 1923
Wedding tiara: For her bridal portraits, Queen Elizabeth's mother wore the Strathmore tiara, which was a wedding gift from her father, the Earl of Strathmore. The tiara likely dates back to the late nineteenth century, and it features a garland of roses set with rose-cut diamonds.
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