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Duchess of Cambridge’s Wedding Veil and Tiara

While Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, expressed her wish to wear a small garland of flowers in her hair, the Palace quickly pointed out to her that every Royal Bride must wear a little something befitting a princess on her wedding day. And what better wedding accessory than a wedding veil and tiara? Catherine is said to have been uneasy with the suggestion that she wear the Spencer Tiara of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Instead, she wore a tiara loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II. It’s a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara made in 1936 and purchased by King George VI (then the Duke of York) for his bride, the Duchess of York (later, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother). The Queen Mother gave it to her daughter, the current Queen, on her 18th birthday. Talk about something borrowed!

Catherine’s beautiful veil is made from layers of ivory silk tulle, trimmed by hand-embroidered flowers. Her diamond earrings were a wedding gift (‘something new’) from her parents.

wedding veil and tiara

Image courtesy of the Official Royal Wedding Website

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