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Tiaras: Only Married Royal Women Wear Them

Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

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There is a very good reason that Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Princess Eugenie can wear tiaras while Princess Beatrice can't. There is a royal rule that explains why Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter can't wear tiaras even though she is a princess by birth like her sister.

Kate Middleton, 36, was a commoner before she married Prince William, 36, on April 29, 2011. She became the Duchess of Cambridge and was granted the privilege of wearing a tiara on her wedding day. Since then, Kate has worn five other tiaras on special occasions.

Meghan Markle, 37, was a commoner, biracial, older than Prince Harry, 34, and a divorcée when she got married on May 19, 2018. Even so, she became the Duchess of Sussex and earned the honor of wearing a tiara. However, she has not worn another one since her wedding day.

Princess Eugenie can now wear a tiara, but her older sister Princess Beatrice is not allowed to wear one yet.

Princess Eugenie can now wear a tiara, but her older sister Princess Beatrice is not allowed to wear one yet.

Only Married Royal Women Can Wear Tiaras

Eugenie, 28, and Beatrice, 30, are princesses by birth. Princess Eugenie can wear tiara now that she is married. However, her older sister cannot because she is still single. Both sisters have been photographed many times in the past wearing unique fascinators. According to a royal rule, only married women are allowed to wear tiaras.

Princess Beatrice must settle for wearing only fascinators until she is married. Then she will be able to wear tiaras. Princess Eugenie wore a tiara when she married Jack Brooksbank on October 12, 2018.

Tiaras Wore on Wedding Days

Kate Middleton wore the Queen’s Cartier Scroll Halo Tiara on her wedding day. The headpiece was made in 1936 and was a gift from King George VI to Queen Elizabeth. Since her wedding, Kate has won a tiara five other times when attending major white-tie affairs.

On her wedding day, Meghan Markle wore the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara that was nearly 100 years old. It was borrowed from Queen Elizabeth's private collection. It was made in 1893 for Princess Mary and given to her by King George V.

The tiara Princess Eugenie worn on her wedding day surprised a lot of people. They thought she would wear her mother's tiara. Instead of wearing Sarah Ferguson's headpiece, she wore a diamond and emerald tiara that belongs to her grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

Princess Eugenie wears tiara on wedding day.

Princess Eugenie wears tiara on wedding day.

One Exception

Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne wore a tiara to the state opening of Parliament when she was still a teenager and was single at the time.

Royal expert and London jeweler Geoffrey Munn indicated that it is an ancient tradition that a royal bride or a woman already married can wear a tiara. The tradition came about after the tiara was seen as an emblem of the loss of innocence.

This is just one of the many tiaras that Queen Elizabeth owns.

This is just one of the many tiaras that Queen Elizabeth owns.

A Little Tiara History

Queen Elizabeth has a vault full of tiaras. Some of them she has never worn. Some of them she has worn more than once. All of them are beautiful. Some could even be worn as necklaces by the way they are designed.

A tiara is a headpiece made of jewels and ornaments. A tiara can be made in different shapes and heights. Some of them are quite large and heavy while others are quite small and lightweight. It is traditionally worn by married women only in the evening and at night on formal and state occasions. Fascinators are worn during the day.

A tiara isn't just plopped on the woman's head. There is a rule about where the tiara should be placed on the head so that it leans forward a bit. It should match the outfit. For instance, if the dress has crystal beading, then a crystal tiara should be selected. If the dress has pearls, then a pearl tiara would be appropriate.

If a woman doesn't have a tiara, she can wear an elaborate brooch in her hair instead.

Commoners don't have specific rules for wearing tiaras. They wear them at pageants, proms, weddings, birthdays, and on other special occasions.

Others have worn some of Queen Elizabeth's tiaras that she hasn't worn herself.

Others have worn some of Queen Elizabeth's tiaras that she hasn't worn herself.

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 06, 2018:

Doris, I wrote an article answering that exact question. Unfortunately, HubPages will not allow us to add links in the comment section. However, you can go to my profile and see the list of many articles I have written about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I write about them almost every day.

Doris Despian on November 06, 2018:

Wath will they do eith there's gifts they receve in the Royal tours & wedding

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 31, 2018:

Wendy, I think you are reading something negative in the article that is simply not there. The intent was to show how unlikely it was for Meghan to become a royal. I mentioned her age, race, and being divorced as well as being a commoner. So, I don't know why you chose to make it a race issue.

Unfortunately, you missed the whole point, but thanks for saying it was an interesting article.

Wendy on August 31, 2018:

Interesting article, but what is the point of calling Megan Markell' a "biracial commoner". What does race have to do with her commoner status? It is a silly as describing Kate Middleton as a "single-racial commoner".

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 29, 2018:

Yes, Tim, the royals do have a lot of rules. Many of them are strange to us.

Thanks for reading!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on August 29, 2018:

Excellent article. The royals do have many, many rules. But I suppose tradition has made these rules necessary.

Nice write up.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Tim

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 27, 2018:

Louise, thanks so much for your kind words.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 26, 2018:

Well I enjoy reading these articles you post. =)

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 26, 2018:

Louise, thanks for reading and commenting. Something interesting comes out about the royals almost every day. I like writing and sharing those tidbits about them.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 26, 2018:

Well, I learnt a lot today. I didn't know about the wearing of tiara's, so it was very interesting to read. Thankyou.