When it comes to “something borrowed,” royals just do it best. Among British royals, wedding traditions include the bride-to-be wearing a tiara on her big day—and it’s not your average hair accessory.
While tiaras are known to be blinged-out with diamonds, there’s a sentimental value involved, too. Almost every piece in the royal vault has a history that can be traced back to its original owner, or in some cases, the original necklace or brooch that it’s been crafted from. Oftentimes, daughters choose to wear the same tiara that their mother did on her own royal wedding day. And if you’re really lucky, a bride that marries into the royal family is sometimes gifted a tiara by her new in-laws (talk about “something new” goals!). It’s a family tradition that goes beyond dozens of sparkly diamonds.
For example, when Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to wed Prince Harry, she wore Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth II herself. Similarly, when Princess Eugenie’s own royal wedding rolls around in the coming weeks, she’s expected to borrow the York Tiara, which her mother, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, wore during her 1986 wedding to Prince Andrew (like mother, like daughter!).
Below, we’re taking a look back at some of the most iconic royal wedding tiaras throughout history.