ch Tuesday in April, Vanity Fair will flash back to a different British royal wedding in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials.
Some brides might interpret a wedding-day disaster to be a bad omen for their marriage. But when Queen Elizabeth’s “something borrowed”—her grandmother’s diamond-spiked tiara—snapped hours before she walked down the aisle in November 1947, the future monarch played it cool. The act of calmness was all the more impressive considering the 21-year-old was to be married in front of 2,000 guests—ten of whom were kings and queens—in a ceremony broadcast by BBC radio to 200 million people across six continents. Because she was the first British royal to transmit her wedding to the world, the then-princess would have been forgiven for having frayed nerves.
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Elizabeth’s tiara had symbolic and personal significance: because tradition dictates that only married women wear the delicate crowns, the wedding would mark the first occasion for which the 21-year-old wore a tiara. And this particular tiara—now broken—had belonged to Elizabeth’s grandmother Queen Mary, and was constructed from diamonds that Queen Victoria gave Mary in 1893 as a wedding gift.Read more at:bridesmaids dresses brisbane .bridesmaids dresses perth