The details of Meghan Markle's wedding dress may still be under wraps, but one thing we can bet on is that the princess-to-be will be accessorizing her look with a glitzy tiara for the royal wedding on May 19. But don't expect her to be wearing the same hand-me-down from Queen Elizabeth II that Kate Middleton wore to her own royal wedding in 2011.
According to People, the family heirloom crown, known as the Cartier Halo tiara, has a prior engagement on the day of the wedding. It's on loan to the National Gallery of Australia from March 30 to July 22 for “Cartier: The Exhibition.” It's one of 300 pieces of Cartier jewelry on display, including tiaras, necklaces, brooches, and earrings from the iconic jewelry designer. The crown was gifted to the Queen as an 18th birthday gift from her mother, who first received it as a gift from Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, in 1936.
Since the Cartier crown sadly isn't an option, designers are speculating what sort of tiara Markle will choose to wear instead. “I’m sure she will go for something that is true to her style and I’m sure it is going to be refined and elegant,” said Eva Hartling, vice president of Markle's favorite jewelry brand, Maison Birks, told People. “It will probably involve a simple pair of earrings that will bring out her natural beauty; she won’t overdo it.”
Since Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and Princess Grace of Monaco have all worn pieces from Birks, and the brand was granted a Royal Warrant by the Duke of Windsor in 1935, People reports, it would make sense if the family's newest princess landed on a piece from the brand too. But Markle tends to be a bit of a royal rebel when it comes to her fashion and beauty choices, so it's anyone's best guess what sort of bling she'll walk down the aisle with.