On May 19, 2018, all eyes were on the royal wedding, and in the days following we loved learning the sweet sentiments and traditions behind everything from Meghan’s veil to that spectacular blue Jaguar convertible Prince Harry drove his new bride to the reception in.
We learned that Meghan’s dazzling tiara was lent to her from The Queen, one of the many royal tiaras in her collection. This one, she inherited in 1953 from Queen Mary. There are a plethora of “Royal Rules” that every member of the Royal Family must abide by (including “no playing Monopoly” and “no eating shellfish”), so it should come as no surprise that there are rules behind the wearing of headpieces.
“Anyone can wear a tiara, assuming it’s the right occasion. Crowns, however, connote state power,” states Royal expert Arianne Chernock, an associate professor of history at Boston University.”
The Queen has an entire vault of stunning tiaras which she occasionally loans out to her daughters-in-law. Here are a few of our favorites.
1.) The Lotus Flower (or Papyrus) Tiara
In 2015, Kate Middletown wore the Lotus Flower Tiara, otherwise known as the Papyrus Tiara, for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The tiara, from the Queen’s collection, originated from a diamond and pearl necklace given to the Queen Mother by her husband as a wedding gift in 1923. She later had it turned into a tiara. The Queen Mother later gave it to her daughter, Princess Margaret.