Everything about Meghan Markle, well, sparkled, on Saturday, May 19, as she strode down the aisle toward her love, Prince Harry, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. But nothing radiated more than Markle’s impressive diamond tiara—and as it turns out, the bedazzled headwear has a history.
The tiara, which was notably the only accessory that Markle wore to compliment her chic, modern Clare Waight Keller gown, was in fact one called the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth.
“Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony,” the palace revealed in its announcement. “Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”
“The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen,” the palace statement concluded. “The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893.”
The tiara, which was originally made in 1932, previously belonged to Queen Mary, and has previously been seen with a sapphire in the center stone; Markle opted for a diamond as her center stone on her royal wedding day.
Kate Middleton had opted for the Halo Tiara on her own wedding day, one given to the Queen Mother by her husband prior to his coronation.
There was much speculation leading up to the wedding about which tiara Markle would ultimately select from the royal vault—or whether she would opt to design something entirely new. Other top options included the Spencer Tiara, the Strathmore Rose Tiara, the Cambridge Lover’s Know Tiara, Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, the Lotus Flower Tiara, the Queen Mother’s Cartier Bandeau and many more.
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