Royal Wedding: The Tiara

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Meghan Markle

Which queen first wore the diamond half-crown Meghan Markle wears today?

When Meghan Markle’s car — a vintage 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom loaned by Queen Elizabeth II — departed Cliveden House this morning, it’s difficult to say which detail spawned more of a frenzy among morning-show commentators: the gown or the tiara.

Details on both have been revealed. Markle, who, upon her marriage, became the Duchess of Sussex, accented her Givenchy gown and veil with the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, named for the monarch who was Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother (that would make her the great-great-grandmother of Prince Harry). Loaned to Markle by Elizabeth, who inherited the tiara when Queen Mary died in 1953, the diamond and platinum bandeau was crafted for Queen Mary to accommodate a diamond brooch she was given when she married King George V in 1893. The brooch, which features 10 diamonds, can be clearly seen in the tiara’s center and is detachable from the piece, which is crafted in 11 flexible sections.

The bride finished her look with jewels by Cartier: the Galanterie de Cartier earrings and the Reflection de Cartier bracelet, both featuring diamonds set in 18-karat white gold.