There’s no Queen without a Crown

The most iconic tiaras worn by the Princesses and Duchesses of York on their wedding day


Which tiara Meghan Markle will wear at her and Prince Harry’s wedding, next Saturday? Rumours say it would be the Spencer tiara worn by Harry’s mum Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles. Waiting to discover the truth, let’s have a look the most iconic tiaras worn by the princesses and Duchesses of York at their wedding’s day.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing Queen Mary’s Fringe tiara

The spectacular headpiece worn by Queen Elizabeth II was a crown created in 1919 by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard & Co. from diamonds originally mounted in the Queen Mary's wedding tiara. Queen Elizabeth, who loaned it to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 for use as her ‘something borrowed’ wedding tiara. Queen Elizabeth II inherited it in 2002.

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Princess Margaret wearing the Poltimore tiara

At her wedding with Anthony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) on May 6, 1960, Princess Margaret (the younger sister of the Queen) wore the beautiful Poltimore tiara. Decorated with floral and scroll elements, the piece was made for Lady Poltimore by Garrard & Co. around 1870: it can be either worn as a tiara or broken down into a necklace and a whopping eleven brooches.

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Sarah Ferguson wearing the York diamond tiara

On July 23, 1986, Sarah Ferguson arrived at Westminster Abbey to marry Prince Andrew with a diamond tiara made of leafy diamond scrolls and diamond collets mounted in platinum. They said the headpiece was purchased from Garrards & Co. as a gift from her new mother-in-law, the Queen.

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Princess Diana wearing the Spencer tiara

Princess Diana wore the beautiful Spencer tiara, a family heirloom considered her ‘something borrowed’. The tiara, which still belongs to the Spencer family, is made in gold with diamond scrolls accented with diamond tulip and starflowers set in silver.

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Kate Middleton wearing the Cartier Halo tiara

The tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 from diamonds and platinum and was purchased by the Duke of York for his Duchess, three weeks before he became King George VI and she became Queen Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother). On the occasion of Princess Elizabeth's 18th birthday, she presented to the future Queen as a gift. Queen Elizabeth II has never been photographed wearing it.

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