Vintage jewellery took centre stage at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday (May 19) with the bride choosing to pair her simple Givenchy wedding dress with a tiara from the Queen’s collection.
The Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara features diamonds set in platinum and is formed of a flexible band of 11 sections.
According to Kensington Palace, the tiara was made in 1932 and features a detachable brooch at its centre, which is made of 10 diamonds dating back to 1893.
It was said to have been given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York, who would become King George V.
The bandeau and the brooch were passed down by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953 and the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret also famously wore the piece to events.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day
Later, when Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, changed into a white Stella McCartney gown for the evening celebrations, she wore an emerald-cut aquamarine ring from jeweller Asprey, which belonged to Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, and was reportedly gifted to Markle by Harry as a wedding gift.
Away from the vintage jewels, Markle kept her choice of jewellery simple opting for halo-style diamond stud earrings and a diamond bracelet from Cartier during the day and diamond drop earrings with her halter-neck dress in the evening.
In keeping with tradition, the Duchess’s wedding band was made from rare Welsh gold while Prince Harry, broke from tradition by opting to wear a wedding band, this time made from platinum.
Canadian jewellery brand Birks, which Markle opted to wear for her official engagement announcement, was also selected as the jewellery brand of choice for several of the guests at the wedding including Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, and her best friend Jessica Mulroney.
Ragland chose the Birks Rosée Du Matin 18ct white gold and diamond earrings and the Snowflake Starry Night pendant while Mulroney, who arrived alongside The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, wore Birks Rosée du Matin ® Blue Sapphire drop earrings with diamonds.