Royal fans were speechless when Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wore a tiara for the first time at her 2011 wedding to Prince William and they loved it even more when Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle debuted her royal tiara at her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
So when it was recently revealed that Princess Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice — who are Princesses not mere Duchesses — won’t be able to sport a tiara like Kate and Meghan until they’re married women, we were totally bummed and utterly confused by this weird royal rule.
According to Cosmopolitan, a royal’s relationship status has a lot to do with their headwear. In a previous interview with Town & Country, jewelry expert Geoffrey Munn stated that a single royal woman can wear a tiara but it’s not common.
“Any woman may wear one, but ancient tradition has it that they must be a bride or already married,” he revealed. “One of the mainstays of European royalty and aristocracy is to do what you have always done and formal dress, jewelry, and tiaras are just part of this.”
Luckily for Eugenie, her October wedding to Jack Brooksbank is fast approaching and she’ll get to debut her regal headwear soon. Royal fans are already buzzing with predictions of which tiara Eugenie will wear and many think she’ll don the same diamond-encrusted-crown that her mom, Sarah Ferguson, sported at her 1986 wedding to Prince Andrew.
Gemologist Grant Mobley estimated Fergie’s crown to be at least $300,000 so it would be a great accessory to complete Eugenie’s royal wedding day look. Meghan and Kate previously stunned on their wedding days wearing two borrowed tiaras from Queen Elizabeth.
Meghan wore the Sapphire Bandeau that once belonged to the Queen’s mother and Kate donned the Cartier Halo tiara, which is now on display at the National Gallery of Australia. Since Meghan and Kate had such beautiful looks at their royal nuptials, Eugenie could easily channel one of their overall styles for her big day, too.
Hairstylist Mathew Soobroy previously told the UK’s Express that Eugenie would look remarkable wearing Meghan’s signature bridal hairstyle. “Taking inspiration from Meghan, the low chignon bun would be an elegant and romantic look for Eugenie. To create the fullness and thickness of Meghan’s bun, Eugenie could add hair extensions,” he said. We can’t wait to see photos from Eugenie’s royal wedding in just a few months!
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