Will Meghan Markle wear a tiara on her wedding day and, if so, which one?
She’s marrying a senior member of the royal family, so it’s likely that Markle will sparkle with something precious, and the headpiece will most certainly come from Queen Elizabeth.
The selection will be wide, considering the British royal family has one of the most enviable jewelry collections in the world, hence the suspense ahead of Saturday’s wedding.
Royal wedding 2018: Final details
Royal wedding 2018: Final details
The guest list
Although the guest list hasn't officially been released -- and we won't know for sure who made the cut until the big day -- many high-profile figures have hinted whether or not they scored an invite.
Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and David and Victoria Beckham are all expected to attend, alongside Meghan's Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht.
Since Harry isn't heir to the throne, they aren't expected to invite anybody on an official capacity. President Trump, Melania Trump and the Obamas are not expected to attend.
The page boys and bridesmaids
Just a few days before the big day, Prince Harry and Meghan finally revealed who would be part of their pack of bridesmaids and page boys. As expected, two of Duchess Kate and Prince William's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will take part. Other bridesmaids include Harry's goddaughters Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, as well as Jessica Mulroney's daughter Ivy.
Along with Prince George, page boys include Brian and John Mulroney and Jasper Dyer.
The first dance
The royal couple has chosen quite an unexpected song for their first dance. According to reports, Harry and Meghan will take the dance floor as man and wife, dancing to Whitney Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
In a press release from April 1, it was announced that the couple had chosen Philippa Craddock to design their flowers for the church ceremony.
"Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” the press release said.
In March, it was announced that Claire Ptak would be the baker behind Meghan and Harry's wedding cake. The elderflower-flavored creation will incorporate the bright flavors of spring, and "be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."
Claire's creations were already on Meghan's radar: She interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog The Tig, which has since been shut down.
Meghan and Harry will ride in the Ascot Landau, a horse-drawn carriage built in 1883, while departing St. George's chapel following the ceremony. It'll take then through Castle Hill to Windsor Castle. If it rains, they'll have to switch to the Scottish Stage Coach, which was built in 1830 and offers a covering.
In late April, it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan have hand-selected a number of choirs and musicians to perform on their big day.
According to US magazine, "The performers are Vivian’s choir; 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir; an orchestra made up of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia; Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas; trumpeter David Blackadder; organist Luke Bond; and State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry."
The night before
According to reports, Meghan and Harry will spend the night before their wedding apart, in two different lavish hotels in London.
Meghan will stay with her mother, Doria, at Cliveden House Hotel. Prince Harry will be joined by brother and best man Prince William at Cosworth Park.
Following the service, there will be two receptions. The first will be held at St. George's hall for the guests from the ceremony. The second celebration will be held at Frogmore house for a more select group, including the couple's family and friends.
Not only will the receptions be joined by food trucks (!) but the dishes served will include "the freshest produce" sourced from places like Her Majesty's estates. One item on the menu? Seasonal bowls.
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Tiaras have been an emblem of the British royal family for more than a century, with countless paintings and photographs showing dazzling jewels that seem too spectacular to be real.
The tiara first emerged in ancient Rome, Greece and Persia, and the word tiara is Persian in origin. After the fall of the Roman Empire, tiaras disappeared and later re-emerged with the rise of Neoclassicism in mid-18thCentury Europe and the chic look of Empress Josephine.
Since then, tiaras have been a staple of the formal and state dress of royals and aristocrats worldwide and the owner of the largest and most valuable collection of tiaras is the British monarch.
Garrard & Co, the former crown jewelers, are credited with creating many of the most famous tiaras worn today. The Queen married Prince Philip in a Garrard creation, the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara, a 1919 piece similar in design to the traditional Russian kokoshnik headdress.
It was worn by the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne the Princess Royal, when she married Mark Phillips, and could be the one that Markle wears on the big day.
While there are so many tiaras that Markle could wear, it’s unlikely that she’ll appear in creations such as the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara or the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, both of which were made by Garrard. The latter was a favorite of Princess Diana’s.
She probably won’t make an appearance in the Cartier Halo Tiara, which Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, wore for her wedding to Prince William in 2011.
Markle will most likely wear the Strathmore Rose Tiara, the Lotus Flower Tiara or even the Spencer Tiara, in honor of Prince Harry’s late mother Diana who wore it on her wedding day.