Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Royal Brides and Their Wedding Day Tiaras

See the royal bride who kick-started the wedding tiara tradition and the tiaras worn since then that are most likely to make a wedding comeback.

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The Queen Mother did not wear a tiara for her 1923 wedding to Prince Albert, but she did lend her daughter, Princess Elizabeth II, the Russian Fringe Tiara to wear for her wedding to Prince Philip on Nov. 20, 1947. Some of the diamonds from the tiara come from a necklace that Queen Victoria gifted to Queen Mary. The tiara itself was made for Queen Mary in 1919, before it was passed down to Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Russian Fringe Tiara would make its second appearance as the borrowed headpiece of Princess Anne in her Nov. 14, 1973, wedding to Captain Mark Phillips, 26 years later.
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In keeping with the tradition of wearing jewels from the bride's family before marriage, Lady Diana Spencer chose to wear the Spencer family tiara for her July 29, 1981, wedding to Prince Charles instead of borrowing from Queen Elizabeth II's collection. The tiara was returned to Diana's brother, the current Earl Spencer, to loan to future family brides.
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Rather than lending her incoming daughter-in-law a tiara from her own collection, Queen Elizabeth II made a gift of a tiara and necklace to Sarah Ferguson from Garrards. The tiara was hidden underneath a crown of flowers during Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's July 23, 1986, wedding, before it was removed after the ceremony to show the York Diamond Tiara. Princess Eugenie of York may choose to borrow her mother's tiara for her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
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The future Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, married Prince Edward in 1999 wearing one of Queen Elizabeth II's tiaras. Now informally known as the Wessex Tiara, the headpiece, lent to the countess for future occasions as well, was a mark of the queen's fondness for her in-coming daughter-in-law.
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It was Princess Anne's turn to lend out a tiara from her collection when her son Peter Phillips announced his engagement with Autumn Kelly. Kelly wore the Festoon Diamond Tiara in her May 17, 2008, wedding to Phillips. The tiara was originally a wedding gift for Princess Anne, as well as one of the two of Anne's most worn headpieces.
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The Cartier Halo Tiara, or sometimes the Scroll Tiara, was first made by Cartier in 1936 for the Queen Mother before she gifted to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, for her 18th birthday. Kate Middleton borrowed the tiara for her 2011 wedding to Prince William, a tradition that her future sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, may also follow. It features 888 diamonds in both brilliant and baguette cuts.
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Zara Phillips borrowed the Meander Tiara her mother, Anne, the Princess Royal, favored, for her July 30, 2011, wedding to Mike Tindall. The Meander Tiara originally belonged to Queen Elizabeth II's mother-in-law, who then passed it to the Princess Royal in 1972. It, along with the Festoon Diamond Tiara, are most frequently worn by Anne to public functions.
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Meghan Markle continued with the tradition of borrowing a tiara from Queen Elizabeth II - the beautiful Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara - for her May 19, 2018, nuptials to Prince Harry. The diamond bandeau, made in 1893, holds a veil in place designed with the flora of each 53 countries of the English Commonwealth, over a Givenchy dress designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller.
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Like most modern royal British brides, Princess Eugenie borrowed the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara from Queen Elizabeth II's tiara collection for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Oct. 12, 2018. The tiara, made for Margaret Greville by Boucheron in 1919, was gifted to the Queen Mother in 1942. It features rose cut and brilliant diamonds set in a platinum band featuring emeralds in the "kokoshnik" style beloved by the Russian Imperial Court.
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