Princess Brides: 7 Sparkling Royal Wedding Tiaras
Kate: Cartier Halo Tiara
The angelic diamond masterpiece given to Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday once again found its place in the spotlight atop Kate Middleton's iconic 2011 wedding day ensemble. Crafted in 1936 by King George VI for the Queen Mother, the tiara has 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds and has been borrowed by other Windsor royals like Princess Margaret and Princess Anne.
Madeleine: Modern Fringe Tiara
Like mother, like daughter. The tiara, thought to be a 10th wedding anniversary gift to Queen Silvia from King Carl Gustaf, was worn frequently by the queen before being given to Madeleine for her 2013 nuptials. Labeled the "private tiara" by the Swedish government, Princess Madeleine's simple spin on a royal fashion tradition is only one of two fringe tiaras in Sweden, and has remained in her sole possession since her big day.
Charlene: One-of-a Kind Find
Following in Grace Kelly's iconic footsteps, Princess Charlene of Monaco took the traditional Grimaldi route on her big day and adorned her tresses with a diamond floral brooch. However, the Lorenz Baumer original she showed off on the eve of her wedding sparkled with 60 carats of diamonds in a white gold setting. Charlene's specially made design also boasted a personal symbolic flair, with the larger diamonds at the end of the arcs representing crashing waves as a sentimental nod to her time as an Olympic swimmer.
Letizia: Prussian Tiara
The Queen of Spain definitely checked off her "something old" when she donned her platinum imperial tiara for her wedding in 2004. Described as one of her favorites, the historical headpiece, crafted by German jeweler Koch with Parthenon style columns, rows of leaves and a focal tear drop diamond, was given to Letizia's great grandmother-in-law, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, on her wedding day by her father and last emperor of Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Victoria: Classic Cameo
Unarguably a crowd favorite, Princess Victoria's decadent pearl-encrusted wedding crown boasts both historical and mythological sentiment. Worn by her mother, Queen Silvia of Sweden, on her same-day wedding 34 years earlier, the mother of all tiaras depicts apt Greek cameos of Cupid, god of desire, love and affection and Psyche, the goddess of the Soul.
Grace Kelly: Diamond Diadem
Like Charlene, in true Grimaldi spirit, the fashion and film icon didn't need a diamond tiara to shine at her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. The princess saved her best crown jewel debut for Princess Caroline's wedding, where she dazzled in a Van Cleef and Arpels original, detailed with 144 pear, marquis and round shaped gems of 77 carats.
Elizabeth II: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara
The long-reigning British royal managed to bring "something new" to her "something borrowed" when, while she was getting dressed for her 1947 wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the family heirloom snapped in half. Luckily, the royal jeweler was on standby and repaired the historical diamond headpiece in time for the ceremony. The tiara was made for Queen Mary in 1919, encrusted with diamonds from one Queen Victoria had made in 1893. The 47-bar fringe crown was passed down from Queen Elizabeth to Princess Elizabeth, and then again to Princess Anne for her first wedding to Mark Phillips in 1973.
Sofia: What Will She Wear?
With her much buzzed-about royal wedding to Prince Carl Philip just around the corner, Sofia Hellqvist has been the source of excited public speculation in Sweden and beyond for weeks. While many have ooh'd and aah'd over who might design her dress, the big question of the hour deals with the cherry on top (so to speak). While many have leaned toward Victoria's classic cameo as the tiara of choice—it isn’t only reserved for queens and crown princesses—many say that the most obvious and classic choice would be to follow suit with tiaras other new princesses have chosen: styles that are regal but simple. Royalista.com has given a popular nod to the Four and Six Button tiaras previously worn by Princesses Madeleine and Victoria of Sweden.