Princess Diana’s Niece Just Wore the Spencer Tiara on Her Wedding Day

The Prince and Princess of Wales return to Buckingham Palace by carriage after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

It was a Spencer family wedding… in every sense. Celia McCorquodale, one of the nieces of the late Princess Diana, married on Saturday, June 16, and her “something old” was a rather famous family heirloom.

The bride stepped out for her nuptials to estate agent George Woodhouse in Lincolnshire, England, in the Spencer tiara, which is well-known as the same headpiece previously worn by Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981.

McCorquodale is the daughter of Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who is Diana’s big sister. Just like her late aunt, the bride used the precious diamond tiara to secure her veil. She also accessorized her overall bridal look with simple pearl earrings.

The Spencer tiara has a long and illustrious history within the aristocratic family, especially when it comes to weddings. Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale (the mother of the bride) and Baroness Fellowes Jane both wore the piece in their respective weddings, as did sister-in-law Victoria Lockwood in her wedding to the Earl of Spencer.

The piece was first given to Cynthia Spencer as a wedding gift by another family member in 1919. It is comprised of different jewels, with the motif itself refashioned by Garrard in 1937.

Celia’s direct cousin Prince Harry attended the special occasion with his new wife, Meghan Markle, who stepped out in a billowy white-and-blue dress by Oscar de la Renta. Lady Kitty Spencer also made an appearance in an equally fashionable silk dress paired appropriately with a Philip Treacy headpiece.

Watch the video above to see all the ways Harry and Meghan honored the late Princess Diana on their wedding day.

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Esther Lee
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