Wearing a crown is kind of a key element of marrying a prince, so it was no surprise when Meghan Markle showed up to her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19, sporting Queen Mary’s stunning diamond bandeau tiara set atop her low updo. Let’s get to the details!
The topper, which was lent to Markle by Queen Elizabeth II, was crafted in 1931 and features a detachable brooch in the center dating from 1893. The diamond and platinum bandeau is a flexible band of eleven sections with interlaced ovals and was a present to the then-Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln in honor of her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York.
To make the veil even more of a showstopper, it helped to anchor her five-meters-long silk tulle veil that was accented with hand-embroidered floral trim. It floated behind her like a dream as walked down the aisle.
Her beauty choices were the perfect call for these pieces — which is no surprise since her glam squad was the best of the best. Celeb hairstylist Serge Normant was the man behind her low middle-parted updo. And her makeup by long-time friend Daniel Martin was sheer enough to allow her freckles to show through.
It’s all in line with her refined, yet somewhat laid-back style. She told Allure of how she differs from her Suits character Rachel, “I am so much more low-key in real life. She’s so polished. And it’s in HD, so the steps that go into looking good on a show are very different than in real life. I don’t wear foundation in real life.”
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