Among our many burning royal wedding questions is how Meghan Markle will look as she walks down the aisle on May 19. It's of course a given that whatever the bride-to-be sports, she'll resemble something out of a modern-day fairy tale. But we still can't help but wonder what style wedding dress she'll choose and what accessories she'll deem fit to match such a potentially iconic gown. Will she follow in her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton's footsteps and opt for a long-sleeved lace number? While it's too soon to know for sure, Markle will probably mimic Middleton in one wedding-day aspect—by wearing a tiara.
According to Ella Kay, royal jewelry expert and founder of the Court Jeweller blog, the chances of Markle wearing such a hairpiece are high. "Almost every royal bride who has married in Britain since the 1930s has worn a tiara on her wedding day, so it's a good bet that Meghan will too," Kay told Town and Country. "But she could choose to go without a tiara, or she could wear another kind of jeweled ornament in her hair."
If Markle does decide to sport a tiara, she'll have plenty of options to choose from, rooted deep in royal family history. Among one of her potential choices is the Strathmore Rose Tiara. The Queen Mother wore this floral headpiece with rose-cut diamonds for her wedding to King George VI in 1923. Queen Elizabeth's father gifted her with the accessory, and she styled it by wearing it low on her head.
According to Geoffrey Munn, London jewelry expert, royal brides in the past have tended to wear tiaras with floral designs on their wedding days. "The classical inspiration of some of these jewels were simple garlands of flowers, so brides do tend to favor this design in wreaths made of precious metals and gemstones," Munn told Town and Country.
As another bridal accessory option, Markle could turn to the famous Spencer Tiara, which Princess Diana wore on her wedding day in 1981. Although Princess Diana's relatives, the Spencer family, own the headpiece, as opposed to the royal family, royal expert Ingrid Seward told US Weekly that Markle can still wear the Spencer Tiara if she wishes.
"Diana was very proud of her Spencer heritage, and I think Harry will like his future bride to carry this tradition on," says Seward. "She will not own the tiara but will have the choice to wear it if she wants to."
Markle currently holds ties to her fiancé's late mother through the engagement ring that Prince Harry proposed with, which features a center stone from Botswana and two side stones from Princess Diana's collection.
Additionally, another tiara worn by the Queen Mother, the Cartier Bandeau, might meet Markle's fancy. According to Kay, this tiara features a bandeau frame with three gem-set bracelets. "It's modern and sleek, but it's also a royal heirloom packed with diamonds," Kay told Town and Country. "The connection to the Queen Mother (who first owned it) and the queen (who owns it now) would be a lovely touch."
Or, as a completely separate option, Markle could design her own tiara to commemorate her wedding day. Through her wedding planning, the bride-to-be has proved that she's playing by her own rules, so it wouldn't come as much of a surprise if she bucked royal tradition and created something entirely new to match her style. The fashion-forward future bride could create her own wedding-day hairpiece from scratch, or she could incorporate jewels from the royal family's collection.
Although royal rule forbids brides from wearing tiaras until their wedding days, we did get a sneak peek of Markle donning one from her high school homecoming photos. And, we must say, tiaras do suit her well.
Regardless of whether she accessorizes with a tiara or not, Meghan Markle is bound to be one beautiful bride come May 19.