The extravagant wedding dress usually takes centre stage on a royal bride’s special day, but the eyes then inevitably wander up to a dazzling tiara topper. It’s remains to be seen whether Sweden’s future Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, will follow in the footsteps of either of fiancé Prince Carl-Philip’s sisters - eldest Victoria adorned her head with the monarchy’s Cameo tiara, while Princess Madeleine broke with tradition by wearing the family’s Modern Fringe tiara.
Swedish royal brides have worn the Cameo tiara, which dates back to 1809, since the marriage of Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1931. Should Sofia be loaned the historic headpiece for her big day, it will be a fitting tribute to her new mother-in-law, Queen Silvia, who also donned the heirloom on the occasion of her wedding to King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1976.
On her big day in 2011, the future Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, said ‘I Do’ to Prince William wearing the Queen Mother’s halo tiara. As a gift for his wife, then-Prince Albert commissioned Cartier to create the 739-diamond masterpiece shortly before his coronation.
It was then given to Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday and represented the “something borrowed” tradition at the ceremony that saw Kate became an official member of Britain’s royal family. It had previously been worn on several occasions by Princesses Margaret and Anne.
From fringe to pearls and a never-ending cascades of diamond, royal brides from around the world have glistened and gleamed in a host of tiaras rooted in history and tradition. Here, Hello! presents 19 of the most breathtaking toppers.