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Crowns Tiaras & Princesses


In the run up to the next Royal Wedding, I’m taking a look at the Royal Tiaras. I know that Tiaras for the modern day Bride are not for everyone saying ‘I Do’ with Brides nowadays favouring a more relaxed vibe with flowers, foliage or delicate hand made accessories, some Brides simply sporting an amazing Bridal Hair style. Others choosing statement giant flower crowns and with so much choice online it’s hard to know what will suit you until you have actually worn it. Here is my little guide to the Royal Tiara’s, there is no denying that a Tiara is undeniably the ultimate Princess accessory. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother April 26, 1923 The Queen Mother wore the Strathmore tiara for her bridal portraits, which was a wedding gift from her father, the Earl of Strathmore. It features a rose design and is adorned with rose-cut diamonds. Queen Elizabeth II November 20, 1947 Queen Elizabeth's wedding tiara of choice was Queen Mary's Russian Fringe tiara, a piece made for her grandmother in 1919, which can also be worn as a necklace. Her only daughter, Princess Anne, wore it for her own big day in 1973. Princess Margaret May 6, 1960 The stunning Poltimore tiara was purchased when Margaret announced her engagement, and naturally, she wore the tall diamond accessory for her special day. Katharine, Duchess of Kent June 8, 1961 When marrying Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Katharine wore the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe tiara, a gift from mother-in-law Princess Marina. Her daughter would later wear the family heirloom for her wedding day. Brigitte, Duchess of Gloucester July 8, 1972 Proving that it's not always about diamonds, Brigitte wore a different type of crown for her wedding to Prince Richard of Gloucester: a romantic flower crown. Princess Anne November 14, 1973 When Queen Elizabeth's only daughter wed Mark Philips, she chose an extra-special "something old." She wore Queen Mary's Russian Fringe tiara, the very piece her mother wore on her wedding day. Princess Diana July 29, 1981 The Spencer family tiara reached its iconic status when Princess Diana wore it for her wedding to Prince Charles. It is said that her sisters, Lady Sarah and Jane, wore the Spencer tiara on their wedding days and Diana wanted to keep with tradition, declining to borrow her mother-in-law's Queen Mary's Lover's Knot sparkler. Sarah, Duchess of York July 23, 1986 When Sarah wed the Queen's second son, Prince Andrew, her tiara, often called the York Diamond tiara, was her "something new." The beautiful diamond piece was given to her by the Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding gift. Lady Helen Taylor July 18, 1992 Lady Helen Taylor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, opted for a family heirloom for her big day. She wore the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe tiara that her mother wore at her wedding. Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon October 8, 1993 When marrying David Armstrong-Jones, the son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Serena donned a delicate Lotus Flower tiara that was given to her mother-in-law by her mother in 1959. Lady Sarah Chatto July 14, 1994 The daughter of Princess Margaret wore the Snowdon Floral tiara for her summer wedding. It is made up of three diamond floral brooches that were turned into a tiara for this very day. Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex June 19, 1999 When she wed Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, Prince Edward in a small ceremony at Windsor Castle, Sophie Rhys-Jones donned a beautiful tiara that most of the world had never seen. Her "something new" was a gift from her new mother-in-law and is said to have been custom-made using four different pieces from one of Queen Victoria's crowns. Autumn Kelly May 17, 2008 Autumn married Princess Anne's son, Peter Phillips, in 2008 wearing her new mother-in-law's Festoon tiara. The diamond piece was a gift from World Wide ShippGroup after she christened one of their ships in 1973. Zara Tindall July 30, 2011 Zara chose to wear The Meander tiara on her wedding day, a Greek key-patterned bandeau from Princess Anne's collection that once belonged to Prince Philip's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. Laura Lopes May 6, 2006 For her big day, Laura wore the same tiara her mother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wore on her wedding day in 1973 to her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles. The Cubitt-Shand tiara belonged to Camilla's grandmother, Sonia Keppel, and features a gorgeous floral design encrusted in—what else?—but diamonds. And last but not least... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge April 29, 2011 For her highly-anticipated royal wedding to Prince William in 2011, Kate Middleton donned the stunning Cartier Halo tiara, which she borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II. King George VI gifted the tiara to his wife, the Queen Mother, in 1936 and it now sits among Queen Elizabeth II's collection. In the run up to the next Royal Wedding, I’m taking a look at the Royal Tiaras. I know that Tiaras for the modern day Bride are not for everyone saying ‘I Do’ with Brides nowadays favouring a more relaxed vibe with flowers, foliage or delicate hand made accessories, some Brides simply sporting an amazing Bridal Hair style. Others choosing statement giant flower crowns and with so much choice online it’s hard to know what will suit you until you have actually worn it. Here is my little guide to the Royal Tiara’s, there is no denying that a Tiara is undeniably the ultimate Princess accessory. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother April 26, 1923 The Queen Mother wore the Strathmore tiara for her bridal portraits, which was a wedding gift from her father, the Earl of Strathmore. It features a rose design and is adorned with rose-cut diamonds. Queen Elizabeth II November 20, 1947 Queen Elizabeth's wedding tiara of choice was Queen Mary's Russian Fringe tiara, a piece made for her grandmother in 1919, which can also be worn as a necklace. Her only daughter, Princess Anne, wore it for her own big day in 1973. Princess Margaret May 6, 1960 The stunning Poltimore tiara was purchased when Margaret announced her engagement, and naturally, she wore the tall diamond accessory for her special day. Katharine, Duchess of Kent June 8, 1961 When marrying Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Katharine wore the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe tiara, a gift from mother-in-law Princess Marina. Her daughter would later wear the family heirloom for her wedding day. Brigitte, Duchess of Gloucester July 8, 1972 Proving that it's not always about diamonds, Brigitte wore a different type of crown for her wedding to Prince Richard of Gloucester: a romantic flower crown. Princess Anne November 14, 1973 When Queen Elizabeth's only daughter wed Mark Philips, she chose an extra-special "something old." She wore Queen Mary's Russian Fringe tiara, the very piece her mother wore on her wedding day. Princess Diana July 29, 1981 The Spencer family tiara reached its iconic status when Princess Diana wore it for her wedding to Prince Charles. It is said that her sisters, Lady Sarah and Jane, wore the Spencer tiara on their wedding days and Diana wanted to keep with tradition, declining to borrow her mother-in-law's Queen Mary's Lover's Knot sparkler. Sarah, Duchess of York July 23, 1986 When Sarah wed the Queen's second son, Prince Andrew, her tiara, often called the York Diamond tiara, was her "something new." The beautiful diamond piece was given to her by the Queen and Prince Philip as a wedding gift. Lady Helen Taylor July 18, 1992 Lady Helen Taylor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, opted for a family heirloom for her big day. She wore the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe tiara that her mother wore at her wedding. Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon October 8, 1993 When marrying David Armstrong-Jones, the son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Serena donned a delicate Lotus Flower tiara that was given to her mother-in-law by her mother in 1959. Lady Sarah Chatto July 14, 1994 The daughter of Princess Margaret wore the Snowdon Floral tiara for her summer wedding. It is made up of three diamond floral brooches that were turned into a tiara for this very day. Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex June 19, 1999 When she wed Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, Prince Edward in a small ceremony at Windsor Castle, Sophie Rhys-Jones donned a beautiful tiara that most of the world had never seen. Her "something new" was a gift from her new mother-in-law and is said to have been custom-made using four different pieces from one of Queen Victoria's crowns. Autumn Kelly May 17, 2008 Autumn married Princess Anne's son, Peter Phillips, in 2008 wearing her new mother-in-law's Festoon tiara. The diamond piece was a gift from World Wide ShippGroup after she christened one of their ships in 1973. Zara Tindall July 30, 2011 Zara chose to wear The Meander tiara on her wedding day, a Greek key-patterned bandeau from Princess Anne's collection that once belonged to Prince Philip's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. Laura Lopes May 6, 2006 For her big day, Laura wore the same tiara her mother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wore on her wedding day in 1973 to her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles. The Cubitt-Shand tiara belonged to Camilla's grandmother, Sonia Keppel, and features a gorgeous floral design encrusted in—what else?—but diamonds. And last but not least... Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge April 29, 2011 For her highly-anticipated royal wedding to Prince William in 2011, Kate Middleton donned the stunning Cartier Halo tiara, which she borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II. King George VI gifted the tiara to his wife, the Queen Mother, in 1936 and it now sits among Queen Elizabeth II's collection. And like every other person on the planet I CANNOT wait to see what Megan wears! We’ll be watching. For your very own princess moment Halo & Wren stocks a small selection of handmade Tiaras made by Susan York, they’re distinctly royal and so delicately beautiful in their design. Veil & Accessories are available to book online. Images are courtesy of Getty Images And like every other person on the planet I CANNOT wait to see what Megan wears! We’ll be watching. For your very own princess moment Halo & Wren stocks a small selection of handmade Tiaras made by Susan York, they’re distinctly royal and so delicately beautiful in their design. Veil & Accessories are available to book online. Images are courtesy of Getty Images 

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