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Meghan Markle’s Tiara: It’s Sparkly

Posted May 19, 2018 9:04 a.m. EDT

Meghan Markle’s 16-foot veil is being held in place by a diamond bandeau tiara that was loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II. Made in 1932, the tiara belonged to Queen Mary of Teck, the wife of King George the V. Its center brooch, which is detachable and studded with 10 diamonds, was created in 1893.

Made of diamonds and platinum, the tiara has 11 separate sections. It was made for Queen Mary, the Princess of Teck, who gave the brooch as a present to Princess Mary in 1893, when she married Prince George, the Duke of York. The bandeau and the broach were given to Queen Elizabeth in 1953.

Markle is also wearing Cartier earrings and a Cartier bracelet.

Tiaras are a long-standing tradition in royal weddings. At her wedding in 1981, Diana, Princess of Wales wore a family tiara, the Spencer tiara. At her wedding in 2011, Kate Middleton wore a tiara by Cartier, the Halo tiara.