Yes, Meghan Markle looked radiant in her gown during the royal wedding, but we honestly couldn't take our eyes off the beautiful tiara under her veil. After months wondering what tiara she'd wear, it was confirmed that the glittering diadem was Queen Mary's Sapphire Bandeau Tiara, an heirloom from the Queen's jewelry collection.
We've been fascinated with the royal family's diadems throughout the years. It was hard not to fall in love with Princess Diana in her statement-making gown and Spencer family tiara on her wedding day. And we can't imagine Queen Elizabeth II without her magnificent Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. That's why it was a treat to see Meghan Markle sporting such a magical tiara — and why we can't wait to see what Princess Eugenie will wear at her own royal wedding!
The Stories Behind the British Royal Tiaras
These headpieces aren't just wonderful to look at. There's plenty of history within those clusters of diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, and as the gems are passed down from generation to generation they become a token of familial love. However, not all of the British royal tiaras have been passed down. Some are combinations of jewels repurposed by Garrard & Co., which was the court jeweler from 1843 to 2007.
Though we may never actually be able to get a real-life sneak peek at the royals' crown collection, we at least have photos. Feast your eyes on their glistening headwear and hear all about each tiara's amazing legacy below.