Tiaras, while not a requirement, tend to adorn the heads of most royal brides – and those walking down the aisle to exchange vows with a royal.
Princess Diana famously wore an heirloom from her family (the Spencer Tiara) rather than a royal-family heirloom atop her head for her wedding to Prince Charles. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Cartier Halo Scroll tiara down the aisle to wed Prince William, which George VI commissioned from Cartier for his wife in 1936. Sarah Ferguson was gifted a Garrard crown by the Queen for her wedding to Prince Andrew, The York Diamond Tiara, which hasn’t been seen in public since.
Many thought it might re-emerge on the head of Princess Eugenie when she married Jack Brooksbank, but instead the bride opted to wear the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, which was lent to her by her grandmother, the Queen. Meghan Markle wore the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara to become the Duchess of Sussex, which was also borrowed from the Queen’s private collection.
Of course, tiaras aren’t solely reserved for weddings; they also often come out of the family vault for other important royal occasions such as state visits and formal banquets. The Duchess of Cambridge, for example, regularly wears the Lovers’ Knot tiara – a piece now commonly associated with her.
Here’s everything you need to know about some of the most famous tiaras in royal history.
The Spencer Tiara
Most royal wedding tiaras are from the royal vault, but Diana’s actually belonged to her family, who can trace their lineage back to the Tudor period, People reports. The headpiece, which is actually made up of many pieces of family jewellery (a common occurrence with heirloom tiaras), is now in the possession of Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer.