Princess Diana's rule-bending fashion sense will always be remembered, as will her touching relationship with her sons, Prince Williamand Prince Harry, and her tireless efforts to better the lives of people (particularly children) around the world. But one of the moments in her life that definitely went down in history was her wedding day - especially the tiara she wore when she said “I do” to Prince Charles in 1981, which caught the eye of royal watchers that day, and every day it has reappeared since – like on Diana's niece Celia McCorquodale’s head at her nuptials on Sunday (June 17).
It was the perfect cherry on top to a beautiful day. Celia, the daughter pf Diana’s oldest sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, donned the headpiece as part of her bridal look. Though most fans of the Royal Family easily recognize the iconic piece, it hasn’t been worn publicly since Diana’s tragic death in 1997, which makes this spotting of the gem even more meaningful. Prince Harry and his new wife, Meghan Markle, were on hand to see his mother's precious piece back in action.
The heirloom is steeped in history. People reports that the ends of the tiara once belonged to the last known Viscountess of Montagu, Frances Manby, who’s lineage died out in 1797. The tiara that we see today – a breathtaking ensemble of diamonds in the shape of tulips and stars – is estimated to have been completed in the 1930’s.
The dazzling topper, which is owned by the Spencer family, has a unique makeup; a combination of various pieces gifted to the aristocratic family throughout the years. The centrepiece of the gorgeous headpiece was gifted to the Princess of Wales’ grandmother, Lady Cynthia Hamilton, when she married Albert in 1919, while the topper was gifted to her by Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer.
Celia is not the first since Diana to wear the tiara for her nuptials – she joins Diana’s sisters, Sarah and Jane, and Victoria Lockwood, the first wife of Diana’s brother Charles, who also wore the sparkler for their own big days.