Princess Margaret broke the fashion rules on her wedding day

Princess Margaret
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Before Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were there to break the sartorial rules - Kate with wedges and Meghan with tights - there was the original style rebel, Princess Margaret.

The Queen's sister even shunned tradition on her wedding day in 1960, when she said 'I do' to Anthony Armstrong-Jones. You see it's traditional for female members of the royal family to borrow tiaras from the royal vault for their wedding day. In fact, Princess Diana broke that tradition by wearing the Spencer tiara when she wed Prince Charles.

It seems like the took a leaf out of Princess Margaret's book, as she too did things her own way. She decided to buy her own jewels at auction, bidding £5,500 on a diamond tiara in 1959.

It originally belonged to the wife of the 3rd Baron Poltimore (also Margaret), and she actually bought the tiara before she became engaged, and wore it out and about several times before her wedding.

The tiara is also comparatively cheap compared to other wedding tiaras. It's said to now be worth around £40k, whereas Meghan Markle's wedding tiara was estimated at over a million pounds.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.