Lady Diana only ever wore two tiaras during her tenure as Princess of Wales. One, the pearl-and-diamond Cambridge Lover’s Knot, was gifted to her by the Queen. And the other belonged to her family.
The Spencer Tiara, a whimsical confection of love hearts and stars in diamond form, is owned by the head of the Spencer family—currently Diana’s brother, Charles—and is loaned out accordingly.
While Diana was a member of the royal family, the tiara was loaned out to her permanently and she wore it more often than her ‘royal tiara.’ Aside from one occasion, in 1989 when Victoria Lockwood wore it to marry Charles Spencer, it remained in her possession for more than 16 years.
Diana last wore it in 1993, and following her tragic death in 1997, the tiara was returned to the Spencer family and hasn’t been seen since.
But yesterday the Spencer tiara did get a trip out of the vaults on the head of Celia McCorquodale.
McCorquodale, who is Diana’s niece by her sister Sarah McCorquodale and Harry and William’s cousin, wed George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire.
McCorquodale wore a lace illusion dress, a full-length white veil and—for the first time in 25 years—the Spencer Tiara.
Worn as an anchor to her veil, the tiara was nestled into her up do nicely.
The society wedding was attended by the new Duchess of Sussex (wearing a very divisive dress by Oscar de la Renta), Lady Kitty Spencer (in Dolce and Gabbana) and the Countess Spencer (in Roksanda).
This article was originally posted on Harpers Bazaar
Minor changes have been made by the Quiet Curator editors.