Without exaggeration, May 19, 2018, was the day of rebirth of Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara. Most experts agreed that Megan Markle should receive a tiara as a gift from Prince Charles, the groom’s father since she did not have her own family tiara.
Megan’s wedding tiara has been around for almost 90 years. It was created in 1932 by jewellers of the House of Garrard. The Queen Maria of Teck, the grandmother of Elizabeth II, ordered the tiara. It’s not that Queen Mary needed another tiara (she had a vast collection of them at that time), but she had the idea to attach in such a way an old diamond brooch, which was given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York.
Later, the brooch in the shape of a flower made out of 10 large stones became part of the rim delicately made of white gold with ornaments of diamonds of all sizes.
Tiara consists of 11 moving sections so that it can be adjusted to fit any hairstyle and head size. The brooch can still be removed from the tiara and worn as an independent piece of jewellery.
For some reason, Mary of Teck wore this tiara only one or two times in the 20 years of owning it. Most likely, the decoration might have seemed too modest to her – the Queen was passionate about massive crowns and diadems.