When it comes to wearing "something borrowed," Meghan Markle is marrying into the right family. Her bridal look for the royal wedding of course includes a gorgeous Givenchy dress, but the tiara she wears on top of her head contains plenty of significance as well.
Prince Harry's bride wore Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, confirmed. The platinum piece was made in 1932, but the center brooch dates back to 1893. Eleven sections make up the flexible band, and it's pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center, detachable brooch itself is set with 10 more diamonds.
Princess Mary received the piece in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York. She also wore it with other central brooches, but no royal has worn the tiara itself in decades. Not much was previously known about the piece either, including its name, according to royal jewelry expert of the blog .
It currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II, who lent it to Meghan for her wedding day. The bride paired the tiara with a Cartier bracelet and earrings set in 14-karat white gold. She'd worn the Galanterie de Cartier studs before, including at Anzac Day Service in April.
In case you're wondering, Kate Middleton's pick, the Cartier Halo tiara, is currently during the wedding, but this was another stunning choice! Royal experts had also hypothesized that Meghan would receive a brand-new tiara, but the opportunity to see this long-lost treasure on a beautiful bride proved equally special.