When Princess Eugenie stepped out of the car in front of the St George’s Cathedral in Windsor, everyone noticed she had an accessory which was very similar to the one Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, wore for her marriage to Prince Harry in May. Both ladies wore very similar tiaras and had the same hairstyle.
Here’s how the two compare!
Princess Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court. The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942. She accessoried her tiara with diamond and emerald drop earrings which are a Wedding gift from the Groom.
Meghan on the other hand wore Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, also on loan from the Queen. Her headpiece was made 13 years later, but boasted a detachable center brooch that was given to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck when she wed the then Duke of York in 1893. Mary had the bandeau tiara commissioned in 1932 specifically to accommodate the brooch. She left the tiara to her granddaughter the Queen when she died in 1953.
Both brides hairstyle was similar, too. Eugenie had her hair up in an up-do with a center part and some volume behind the tiara. The biggest difference was that Eugenie broke the tradition and did not wear a veil with her Peter Pilotto gown which allowed guests and well-wishers to see the tiara clearly!