Here's What We Know About Meghan Markle's Showstopping Wedding Tiara
The royal wedding is officially over — in the US, it took place in the wee early morning hours on Saturday, May 19 — but we still can't stop talking about it. Meghan Markle looked beyond impeccable as she said "I do" to Prince Harry. She truly was princess perfect.
Everything from Meghan's elegant gown by Givenchy — designed by Clare Waight Keller — to her dramatic train made an impression on fans. The biggest topic of discussion, at least fashion-wise, is probably her beautiful filigree tiara that held her long veil in place. Any tiara is pretty in our minds, but this tiara was bloody brilliant. It sparkled so bright that we can't stop looking at it. But it's not just pretty, there is actually a lot of tradition that comes with this accessory, and we've got all the details for you here.
- It is a family heirloom. The officially titled "Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau" dates back to 1893 when the diamond brooch in the middle was gifted to Princess Mary (before she became Queen Mary) by the County of Lincoln for her wedding to Prince George, Duke of York aka King George V. The English tiara (bandeau portion) is made up of diamonds set in platinum and was created in 1932, while the 10-diamond center brooch is from 1893.
- It was borrowed from the queen. In 1953, the iconic brooch and the crown it sits in were given to Queen Elizabeth II and are now a part of her royal collection. Queen Elizabeth II's jewelry vault is also where Kate Middleton's wedding tiara was from.
- Meghan is not the first to wear it. In addition to Queen Mary herself, Princess Margaret aka Queen Elizabeth II's baby sister wore it on numerous occasions as her dazzling accessory.
- There are many parts that make up the intricately designed tiara. "The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds," reads the description from Kensington Palace. "The center is set with a detachable brooch of 10 brilliant diamonds."
We would've been happy to wear any tiara and marry a prince, but the fact that Meghan honored her new family by wearing a tiara with so much tradition makes it that much more wonderful.