Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau Tiara has not been seen since her death in 1953, and Meghan's choice of tiara took royal watchers and fashionistas by surprise. Her Something Borrowed/ Something Old certainly felt fresh having been out of the public eye for over 85 years.
Manufactured in England in 1932, the flexible bandeau is comprised of eleven different interlaced platinum and pave diamond oval components. The focal point is a removable central brooch which was a present to Queen Mary on her wedding in 1893 from the County of Lincoln. Upon Mary's death in 1953, the tiara was bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth II and has been out of the public eye since.
While the tiara was loaned to the Duchess of Sussex by the Queen, there is no doubt this beautiful piece will likely be permanently associated with Prince Harry's bride, much like the Cartier Halo tiara is associated with her new sister in law, the Duchess of Cambridge. We look forward to seeing it again on future state occasions - it is simply too stunning to remain inside a vault for another 65 years!