Princess Diana’s tiara hack is genius

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The royal family is full of style tricks that we could all learn from, including Kate Middleton's packing hack, her coat trick or Meghan Markle wearing shoes that are too big for her.

Princess Diana naturally had several of those nifty styling solutions up her sleeve, not least one to do with wearing tiaras. Now granted, the rest of us probably won't be wearing diamond headgear any time soon, but it's worth knowing nonetheless.

The late royal would apparently wrap blonde-coloured ribbon at the bottom of her tiaras, so that they blended into her hair more easily. She would also mix and match with darker fabrics so that it looked more natural.

Of course, she had to wear tiaras so often that it's only natural she came up with this solution. One tiara she loved above all was so heavy that it reportedly gave her headaches, but she kept wearing it anyway.

The late Princess of Wales also had a handy trick to stop her hats from flying off, especially when she walked off a plane: she would have combs sewn into them so that she could attach them more firmly on her head.

Kate Middleton adapted this to herself by adding a hairnet, so that her chic chignon hairdos wouldn't budge in the wind.

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.