ROYAL wedding tiaras are one of the highlights for the general public when any royal couple decides to tie the knot, as the definition of decadence dripping with history. Here, Express.co.uk has compiled some of the best wedding tiaras.
Royal weddings have defined the Royal Family’s past decade, with several high profile engagements amongst the monarchy’s ranks. One of the public’s key pleasures of the experience is a brief snapshot of how it feels to be a royal, with some definitive outfits introduced over the years.
Princess Diana had one of the most memorable tiaras on her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
However, hers was definitive not for its relation to the Royal Family, but to her own.
The diamond and silver headpiece was arranged in a floral pattern and was a Spencer family heirloom given to Diana’s grandmother, the Viscountess Althorp in 1919.
Royal wedding tiaras: From Meghan Markle to Princess Diana – The 5 best royal wedding tiaras (Image: GETTY)
Royal wedding tiaras: Meghan Markle’s tiara was also a gift from the Queen (Image: GETTY)
In the months running up to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, speculation mounted Diana’s tiara would return atop the head of Prince Harry’s fiancee.
However, on the day, she emerged wearing one of Queen Elizabeth II’s family tiaras, including a diamond bandeau forged in 1932 beset with a late 19th-century brooch.
The tiara made its first appearance in 1893 when the County of Lincoln gifted Princess Mary the headpiece on her marriage to the Duke of York, and she ultimately passed it to then Princess Elizabeth in 1953.
Royal wedding tiaras: Princess Eugenie’s tiara is the most expensive amongst the royal collection (Image: GETTY)
Eugenie, Princess of York
Princess Eugenie’s tiara notably stuck out on her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in late 2018, as she opted not to wear a veil on the day.
The headpiece which made a stark contrast with her dark brown hair was loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II and included 93.70 cuts of cabochon emerald tiara manufactured by Boucheron in 1919.
The tiara’s value allegedly clocks in at a total of £10 million, making it one of the most expensive in the royal collection.
Royal wedding tiaras: Queen Elizabeth II’s tiara was given to her by Queen Mary (Image: GETTY)
Royal wedding tiaras: Kate Middleton’s tiara was originally gifted to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday (Image: GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth II
Since Princess Elizabeth was given Queen Mary’s crown in 1953, she didn’t have the chance to wear it in time for her wedding to Prince Philip.
On the day she instead relied on another one of Mary’s possessions, the Fringe Tiara which was part of the Crown Jewels at the time.
Consisting of 47 diamond bars, the crown was manufactured using a necklace given to the Queen by Queen Victoria, which later passed to the Queen’s mother.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s tiara ranks amongst the more subtle.
Her Cartier crown is another hand-me-down from Queen Elizabeth II, who received it on her 18th birthday from her mother.
Although subtle, the tiara boasts almost 900 diamonds, with a larger centrepiece diamond set at the forefront.
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