Why Meghan chose not to wear a tiara in Fiji but the Queen did in 1953

By Meaghan Wray

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have enjoyed a whirlwind first leg of their overseas royal tour, starting off with an exciting pregnancy announcement , followed by adorable koalas, sweet walkabout reunions and, of course, some royal PDA ! Though Duchess Meghan’s stunning blue ensemble at their first state dinner in Fiji was breathtaking, royal admirers were sorely disappointed Meghan opted out of wearing a tiara for the engagement – but there’s a simple reason.

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The couple was the picture of perfection! Photo: © Getty Images

Typically, a state dinner is a great opportunity for royal women to break out glittering pieces from the Royal Family’s collection, just as the Queen did during her coronation world tour stop in Fiji back in the ’50s. But the reason Meghan likely chose to leave a tiara behind is simply because state dinners are less formal than state banquets, where tiaras are typically always worn by married royal women. A royal source told HELLO!, too, that there was no expectation for the mom-to-be to wear one. This would have been the first time the world had seen the duchess in a tiara since she said “I do” to Prince Harry in her diamond bandeau headpiece on May 19.

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Nonetheless, the Suits alum brought the glam in a bright blue Safiyaa ‘Gingko’ caped gown, envisioned by German-born London-based designer Daniela Karnuts. The hue paid the perfect tribute to her host country as it was Fijian blue. She kept her brunette locks glossy and loose by her shoulders, tucking the strands behind her ears to show off her massive diamond drop earrings, which were reportedly borrowed from an unnamed member of the Royal Family. Prince Harry looked handsome as ever in a tuxedo and bowtie, with some of his military emblems attached to his pocket.

The Queen and Prince Philip visited Fiji in the '50s. Photo: © Getty Images

Their outfits would have been determined by their state dinner invitation, which was black tie in this case – and they obviously aced it! By tradition, women must wear a floor-length or mid-calf gown with evening shoes to a black-tie event, while men are told to wear a tuxedo, white shirt, black bowtie and black patent leather shoes. Women are also allowed to wear gloves, which must be taken off when eating dinner.

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