Princess Anne borrowed £5m diamond tiara on wedding day with special meaning to Queen

Queen Mary tiara 'snapped on Queen's wedding day' says expert

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Princess Anne married her first husband Mark Phillips in 1973. The couple had a grand wedding ceremony which took place at Westminster Abbey, London.

The royals were married for nearly 20 years and have two children together, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.

Since 1992, Princess Anne has been married to Timothy Laurence.

Princess Anne’s second wedding was a much more low key event, taking place privately at Crathie Kirk church in Scotland.

The royal wore a modest white dress with a matching coat.

For her first wedding, however, the Princess Royal enjoyed a more lavish affair and borrowed a tiara from the Queen’s collection.

Royal brides will often borrow a headpiece from the monarch to wear when walking down the aisle.

Princess Anne opted for the Queen Mary Fringe tiara, which had been in the Royal Family for many years.

Originally created in 1919, the royal diadem has a special significance to the Queen as she wore it on her own wedding day.

The piece was originally made from a dismantled necklace, president of world-leading buyer of pre-owned jewellery Circas Richard Tille explained.

He told “Garrard created the Queen Mary Fringe tiara in 1919.

“The famous jeweller had been asked to dismantle her necklace, the wedding present given to her (then Princess Mary) by Queen Victoria in 1893.  

“This style of diamond fringe tiara had become fashionable during the Romanov imperial court, and later had become popular in the collections owned by the House of Windsor.

“Queen Mary in turn gave the tiara to her daughter-in-law Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1936.  

“She lent it to her daughter Princess Elizabeth (the current Queen) as ‘something borrowed’ at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.

“The Queen Mother also lent it to her granddaughter, Princess Anne, for her marriage to captain Mark Phillips in 1973.”

The special tiara is not often worn by members of the Royal Family and it remained part of the Queen Mother’s collection until her death.

“Queen Elizabeth II didn’t wear her wedding tiara regularly as it remained in her mother’s jewel collection until she died in 2002,” Richard added.

It was most recently worn by Princess Beatrice at her wedding in 2020.

The tiara has previously been given valuations of up to £5million, although the expert explained it is priceless.

He concluded: “The Queen now wears it often. While many might say this piece is priceless, some royal pieces do come up for sale now and then.

“When they do, royal provenance can multiply the value many times.”

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