SOPHIE, the Countess of Wessex sparked a minor “controversy” during her wedding to Prince Edward because of a never-before-seen accessory she chose to wear, according to royal expert Roberta Fiorito.
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex completed the set of royal brides married to sons of the Queen when she tied the knot with Prince Edward in June 1999. The former PR executive had been no stranger to media attention before the wedding as she had been in a relationship with the prince for over six years before officially joining the Royal Family. But Sophie immediately caused a “minor controversy” when she appeared to be wearing an unexpected item during the wedding ceremony.
Asked about the “controversy”, royal expert Roberta Fiorito told the Royally Obsessed podcast: “When there’s a royal wedding, you expect to see two things.
“You look forward to seeing the dress because no one knows what it looks like, and then you’re looking forward to seeing the tiara they pick out.
“There is a set number of tiaras you can choose from so people are quick to identify them. For her tiara, it was one that had never been seen before.”
The Countess of Wessex sported what came to be known as the Anthemion tiara which takes its name from the palmette design of the four pieces composing the headdress.
Sophie wore a tiara especially designed for her wedding to Edward (Image: GETTY)
Sophie’s tiara is believed to be made up of pieces from Victoria’s crown (Image: GETTY)
The tiara was confirmed to have been a wedding gift from the Queen to her new daughter-in-law but Buckingham Palace never confirmed the origin of the diadem.
Over the years, compelling evidence has suggested the headdress was created by merging together elements of one of Queen Victoria’s crowns.
Ms Fiorito continued: “And also, It had parts of Queen Victoria’s regal circlet and so they kind of disassembled Queen Victoria’s little crown and put this together.
“And then Sophie, and I think this is the part that doesn’t look that good in pictures, is that her veil is so thin and so delicate so that over this pointy, tall tiara…the silhouette is not great.”
Sophie had her veil over the tiara, giving her a rather unusual look, Ryan claimed (Image: GETTY)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex wearing the Aquamarine Tiara (Image: GETTY)
She added: “It just looks very pointy underneath and you don’t know what’s going on. People couldn’t identify it, they didn’t know where it was from so people were scrambling.”
The Anthemion tiara soon became a favourite of Sophie who has worn it on several occasions through the years, including at the wedding of Crown Prince of Norway Haakon to Mette-Marit in 2001, and that of Princess Martha-Louise of Norway in 2002.
The Countess of Wessex has several jewels from the royal collection at her disposal and she can be seen wearing loans from the Queen of special occasions.
Another favourite of Sophie’s appears to be the Five Aquamarine Tiara, which has been worn at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in 2012 and again at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in 2015.
Sophie wearing the Five Aquamarine Tiara in 2015 (Image: GETTY)
Completing the trifecta of tiaras at her disposal, the Aquamarine Necklace Tiara shares its unknown origins with the Anthemion tiara.
Making its debut in 2005 at the enthronement ceremony of Prince Albert of Monaco, the tiara is a convertible headdress featuring a central oval-cut aquamarine set into an Art Deco bandeau studded with diamonds.
The piece does double duty, as it can be converted into a necklace – a feature many tiaras enjoy.
At its debut, this was only the second tiara seen on Sophie since her wedding and there was initially some speculation that her husband, Prince Edward, had some hand in the design.
This would not be beyond the realms of possibility, as he did design her wedding necklace, but it was in fact created by a royal jeweller.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK