Before Meghan Markle walks down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel in just a few months, she’ll have the chance to choose from Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable collection of tiaras to ensure she’s dressed for the occasion. And if a newly resurfaced photo of the royal-to-be wearing a jeweled crown at her high school prom is anything to go by, she’ll look every inch the princess.
The photo, which was shared by Twitter fan account @MeghansMirror, shows Meghan posing in a tiara after being crowned homecoming queen. She is wearing a strapless lilac dress and clutching a congratulatory bouquet. A sneak peak of what we can expect on May 19? Maybe.
Although Meghan will be able to pick jewels from the royal collection ahead of her big day, there’s also a chance that she might opt for one iconic piece from outside of the queen’s archive. As royal expert Ingrid Seward told US Weekly, Meghan “will have access to jewels from the royal collection made available to her by the queen. She can choose something suitable, but she might also have the Spencer tiara, which is also Prince Harry’s heritage, and is the one Diana wore on her wedding day.”
The headpiece is actually a composite of a number of Spencer family jewels. The central piece was given to Diana’s grandmother upon her wedding to the future Earl Spencer in 1919, and the ends are believed to have belonged to Frances Manby, the last Viscountess of Montagu. The Spencer tiara, (pieced together in the 1930s) was worn by Diana’s older sisters before its appearance at the royal wedding in 1981. Although the queen had offered her future daughter-in-law the Cambridge Lovers’ Knot tiara for the occasion (a piece that Kate Middleton has worn for a number of events), Diana opted for this personal heirloom instead.
To fulfill her “something borrowed” quota for her 2011 wedding to Prince William, Kate wore the Cartier Halo Scroll tiara. Commissioned by George VI in 1936 as a gift to his wife, and passed on to the queen upon the occasion of her 18th birthday, the tiara boasts 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette diamonds.
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