As Princess Eugenie’s Oct. 12 wedding to Jack Brooksbank inches closer, speculation over what the bride will wear on her special day has reached a fever pitch. And while much attention will be on the 28-year-old’s custom gown and the designer behind it, Eugenie’s accessories may end up stealing the show (and making history!) if she steps out wearing a royal tiara. The soon-to-be bride has never been seen in public wearing a glittering topper and, like most royal brides before her, will finally be allowed to slip on a diamond creation in honour of her special day.
The odds-on favourite piece in the running to add sparkle to Eugenie's wedding look is her mother's bridal tiara. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was gifted the stunning scroll-style piece from the Queen and Prince Philip on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986. The mother of two famously hid the tiara with a crown of flowers for her procession down the aisle before debuting it after she became an official member of the Royal Family. The act was said to represent Sarah's journey from commoner to royal wife. The tiara still belongs to the 58-year-old and, who is likely to loan the priceless family heirloom given her close relationship with her youngest daughter.
Tiaras are historically reserved for senior married members of the royal family and weddings mark the first opportunity for a lady of Windsor to don the extravagant headpiece. Princess Eugenie is expected to uphold the bridal tradition, but her tiara time will be short lived. Despite being ninth in line to the British throne and the Queen's grandchild, she is not considered to be a "working royal" meaning she does not carry out engagements on behalf of the Queen. As such, she will likely never attend tiara-worthy events like state banquets or diplomatic receptions at Buckingham Palace. As wife to the future king of England, the Duchess of Cambridge has attended these events and therefore has worn a tiara on six occasions, including her wedding day.
Despite her close relationship with her mother, Eugenie may look to honour her grandmother at her wedding by wearing a prized piece from the monarch's jewelry box. To ensure that she feels like the only bride in the world, it is unlikely that the Queen will loan her granddaughter either of the bridal tiaras worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex. Kate made her debut at Westminster Abbey in the Cartier halo tiara while her sister-in-law Meghan complemented her structured Givenchy gown with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau. Here, HELLO! shines the spotlight on some of Her Majesty's most iconic pieces ready for their royal wedding close up.
Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara
Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara is no stranger to royal weddings. Not only was it a wedding present from Queen Victoria in 1893, it also took centre stage at both Princess Elizabeth and Princess Anne's ceremonies in 1947 and 1973, respectively. The Queen inherited the piece, which originated as a necklace, from her mother upon her death in 2002. This "something old" family heirloom is just waiting to have a 21st-century moment.
Lotus Flower Tiara
With its subtle and refined elegance, it's easy to see why the Lotus Flower Tiara was a top choice for Meghan Markle to don at her wedding to Prince Harry in May. Its original owner, the Queen Mother, wore it bandeau style in the 1920s before Princess Margaret made it a proper tiara in the 1960s and received a modern makeover courtesy of Kate in 2013 and 2015, pictured here toasting Chinese President Xi Jinping. Perhaps it's time to see how another royal reimagines the precious piece.
The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara
This pearl and diamond tiara is one of the Queen's most famous thanks to its appearances atop the heads of both Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, who most recently wore it to attend a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2017. The headpiece first belonged to Queen Mary, who in 1914 commissioned Garrard & Co. to create it based on a similar design worn by her grandmother Princess Augusta of Hesse. It was reportedly a front-runner to be Princess Diana's bridal tiara, but due to its weight, the bride decided to wear the equally stunning Spencer tiara from her family's collection.
The Five Aquamarine Tiara
The origins of this tiara are unclear, but it has been in the Queen's possession since the 1970s when she wore it during a visit to Canada. Since then, her daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has worn it on numerous occasions, including to the Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg's wedding in 2012 (above). The exquisite piece features a ribbon of diamonds around five aquamarine stones and would be an easy way for Eugenie to knock off "something borrowed" and "something blue" on her wedding day.
The Queen Mother’s Cartier Bracelet Bandeau
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother received five bracelets from her husband King George VI – two diamond, one ruby, one emerald and one sapphire – and with some help from Cartier turned three strands into a bandeau, which she wore on her head in the 1930s. The Queen inherited the pieces and while she has not worn them as a bandeau, she has frequently worn various bracelets on her wrist. Should Eugenie want pared down sparkle for her wedding look, the bandeau would be the perfect choice. It wold also be a lovely nod to her great-grandmother, who passed away just days before her 12th birthday.