Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles married in 2005 in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. This was then followed by a blessing at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which the Queen attended. One of the key elements of a royal bride’s attire is her tiara, which tends to hold her veil in place.
However, the Duchess of Cornwall broke royal tradition by becoming one of the first royal brides not to wear the sparkling accessory on her wedding day to Prince Charles.
Princess Anne also chose not to wear a tiara for her second wedding to Sir Timothy Laurence in 1992.
When Camilla and Charles tied the knot on April 9, 2005, the bride wore two unconventional outfits designed by Anna Valentine and Antonia Robinson.
She wore a cream chiffon dress with a matching coat.
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This was followed by a pale blue chiffon dress with a gold-embroidered long-sleeved coat on top.
For both outfits, the Duchess finished her look with hats by Philip Treacy.
According to experts, there could be two reasons why she chose the hats over a tiara.
First, it was not his first marriage.
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Camilla had previously married Major Andrew Parker-Bowles in July 1973, where she wore a tiara.
Camilla’s diamond-encrusted tiara from her first marriage was a family heirloom from the Duchess’ maternal grandmother, Sonia Rosemary Cubitt, Baroness Ashcombe.
His daughter Laura Lopes has since worn the tiara for her own wedding to Harry Lopes in 2006.
The second reason Camilla didn’t wear a tiara for her big day with Prince Charles is that the couple didn’t hold their ceremony at a church.
While Camilla and Andrew married in a Catholic service at the Guards Chapel in London, Camilla and Charles had a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall.
This was followed by a wedding blessing at St George’s Chapel which the Queen agreed to attend.
Nonetheless, although Camilla’s tiara didn’t make an appearance on her wedding day to the Duke of Cornwall, she wore it again for a visit to Buckingham Palace in 2015.
She paired the statement piece with dangling diamond earrings and a four-row pearl necklace.
As for the rest of the royal family, their jewel-encrusted tiaras marked the history of royal tiaras.
When Princess Beatrice married property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small ceremony on July 17, 2020, she wore the Queen Mary’s Fringe tiara, made of 47 diamond bars.
The Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, completed her look with the Queen Mother’s Cartier Halo tiara with 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds.
Meghan Markle received the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara from the Queen when she said “I do” to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.