Meghan Markle made her way to St. George’s Chapel in a stunning Givenchy gown to say "I do" to Prince Harry—but we all know a royal bride's look isn't complete without a diamond-encrusted tiara. After weeks of playing the guessing game, the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear a bandeau-style sparkler, which looked beautiful with her sleek chignon.
For her walk down the aisle, Meghan paired her 16.5-foot veil with the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara, a Cartier bracelet and pair of earrings. In a press release, Kensington Palace says, "The veil is held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893."
The center brooch boasts ten diamonds and was a wedding gift from the County of Lincoln when Mary of Teck wed Prince George, the Duke of York in 1893. It wasn't until forty years later that the Queen Elizabeth's grandmother had the bandeau specially designed to accommodate an interchangeable center brooch. The platinum bandeau is a flexible band, made up of eleven sections, with the detachable center brooch, and features interlaced ovals and set with different sized brilliant diamonds.
The tiara is so rare that it hasn't been seen or worn in public in over half a century. "The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953," notes the Palace. While some speculated that the royal bride would skip the tiara tradition, Meghan chose to pay homage to her new family with her Something Borrowed, which holds a lot of significance. Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara has been in the British royal family for decades and now has a special place in royal wedding history.