Is this the tiara Princess Eugenie will wear on her wedding day?

Kate Eugenie
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Royal family wedding tiaras are kind of a big deal, almost as big a deal as the actual wedding dress really. Because while the dress itself is usually a custom-made affair, tiaras are usually an heirloom on loan to the bride.

Princess Eugenie is getting married next month, and people are already speculating as to which headpiece she will wear.

One theory is that she might wear her mother Fergie's wedding day tiara, also known as the York tiara, which would be a lovely nod to her. Sure, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's marriage didn't last, but it would still be a reminder of how their family started, and how close she is to her mother.

Royal wedding tiaras

As well as being sentimental, this tiara is quite symbolic. You see where most brides pick an old heirloom to wear on the big day, this particular one was created by Garrard and commissioned by the Queen herself as a wedding present. The diamond crown featured a centre stone of five carats surrounded by floral scrollwork.

For Fergie, this symbolised her entrance into the Royal family, an ode to new beginnings.

The diadem was part of a demi-parure set, which typically includes a necklace, earrings and a bracelet, which the Duchess wore on her wedding day.

Now we're not exactly sure what happened to the York tiara, as she was last seen wearing it in 2001, however as this was a gift from the Queen, it's likely she kept it with her, and might bestow it to her daughter on her wedding day.

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.

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