It’s common practice – or should we say protocol – for royal brides to borrow jewels and tiaras from Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day
We’ve recently seen this with Princess Beatrice, who is the latest member of the Royal Family to wed.
Beatrice tied the knot wearing the very same tiara – the Queen Mary Fringe tiara – as the one her grandmother wore on her wedding herself.
The tiara was created using diamonds gifted to Queen Mary (the Queen Mother) from her own mother Queen Victoria, on her wedding day.
Essentially, Beatrice wore a timeless piece, owned by her grandmother’s grandmother!
Adding to the super-sentimental look, unlike other royals, Beatrice chose to wear a vintage dress worn by the Queen herself as her wedding dress, instead of commissioning a bespoke one, as is custom.
Beatrice wore a Norman Hartnell vintage gown commissioned for Queen Elizabeth, which she wore to a state banquet in 1961. The dress was remodelled with sleeves by royal dressmakers Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin to make it modest for a church wedding.
LOVING the fact that Princess Beatrice wore one of the Queens beautiful dresses for her Wedding but also the same Tiara the Queen herself married Prince Phillip with!
That is truly beautiful & shows the love the Queen has for her Granddaughter ❤️❤️ how romantic & vintage pic.twitter.com/7ACDpaxFYr
— According2Taz (@superscuba83) July 18, 2020
Take a look at other stunning tiaras worn by royals on their wedding day in recent times…
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, who married Prince Edward in 1999, wore a tiara from the Queen’s private collection on her wedding day. The tiara featured parts that were created using parts of Queen Victoria’s own crown.
25/25 Sophie, the Countess of Wessex’s Most Stylish Moments – JUNE 19, 1999 – On her wedding day, Sophie wore a classic v-neck gown by Samantha Shaw pic.twitter.com/axlRHnXxMA
— Prince George (@PrinceHRHGeorge) April 17, 2019
Although part of the royal family, Zara does not bear an official royal title like her cousins and aunts. However, she was permitted to wear the Meander Tiara, originally owned by the Queen and gifted to her own mother, Princess Anne.
Later, the tiara was loaned to Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, to wear on her wedding day.
The tiara’s design is quite modern considering it was made before 1947. I should say that the tiara suit the style of Princess Anne and Zara more. ☺️
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/haGl7UNdr9
— WAYNE (@triumphtempt) June 23, 2018
The royal – who wed last year – added a splash of colour to her tiara by wearing the Greville Kokoshnik Emerald Tiara, a gift from Dame Margaret Greville to the Queen.
— TOWN&COUNTRY (@TandCmag) November 30, 2018
Kate wore the Cartier Halo tiara on her wedding day in 2011.
The tiara, also worn by Princess Margaret and Princess Anne, is considered one of the smaller and modest in the Queen’s collection.
The piece was commissioned to Cartier jewellers by King George VI for Queen Elizabeth (who we know as the Queen Mother).
Number 59 of 70 photos of five generations of The British Royal Family through the years – Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day, 2011 #5GenerationsOfRoyals pic.twitter.com/YqlUMfXKCv
— Prince George (@PrinceHRHGeorge) April 30, 2018
Meghan wore the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara on her wedding day in 2018.
The rarely-worn tiara was made in 1932 and features a brooch dating back to 1893, which was originally a wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth’s mother.
For those of you who want a closer look, this is the tiara worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the #RoyalWedding yesterday: Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara. It was made in 1932, though the central jewel is from 1893.
(Pic from Royal Collection). pic.twitter.com/2IiYS2JBNu
— Alex David (@alexdavidwriter) May 20, 2018