Diana's Niece Pays Tribute to Late Aunt by Wearing Tiara Not Seen in Public for Over 20 Years


With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding over and done, focus is turning elsewhere. There are always more events, more weddings, and more appearances for the royal couple.

Over the weekend they attended a family wedding. Harry’s cousin, Celia McCorquodale, was getting married and the newlyweds were there, in fine form.

One of the highlights of any wedding ensemble is the bride’s accessory choices — and when you have access to the most expensive, rare, beautiful pieces, your choices tend to stun.

But Celia’s choice of tiara really stood out: intricate scrollwork, stars, and flowers set with brilliant diamonds.

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It’s a breathtaking piece in its own right, but this isn’t the first time it’s been seen at a wedding.

Jane, Baroness Fellowes and Lady Sarah (Diana’s sisters) as well as Victoria Lockwood (Diana’s former sister-in-law) all wore the tiara for their weddings.

But its most famous appearance was in 1981, when Diana wore it on her own wedding day.

The Queen had even offered to lend Diana a piece from her own extensive collection. Instead of going with the offered piece, Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, Diana stuck to this one: the Spencer Tiara.

And that makes sense. She was, after all, a Spencer herself.

The tiara has a history that reaches back even further, though. The center was originally a gift to Diana’s grandmother, Lady Cynthia Hamilton, from her husband’s great-aunt all the way back in 1919.

Other parts of the tiara have been cobbled together from a piece from the last Viscountess of Montagu, Frances Manby.

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The Spencer Tiara, as it appears now, was probably put together sometime around the 1930s.

The last time it was seen being worn, though, was over 20 years ago in 1997, the year Diana died. Since then, it had traveled around to star in various displays, but hadn’t adorned anyone’s head.

It makes sense, too, that Celia McCorquodale decided to don this beautiful family heirloom as she married George Woodhouse. The piece made famous by Diana is gorgeous and deserves to see some use!

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