On the morning of her wedding to Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947, the then Princess Elizabeth, heir to the British throne, suffered a ‘wardrobe problem’. This is how he told Catherine of Cambridge in 2018. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom did not know a detail of her tiara that ended up making her go through an unforeseen event.
On one of the most important days of her life, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was unaware that her tiara was also a necklace and accidentally touched the brooch.
Queen Elizabeth’s tiara broke on her wedding day
According to Tatler magazine, while Princess Elizabeth was dressing at Buckingham Palace before leaving for Westminster Abbey, the tiara was broken. Fortunately, the court jeweler was available in case something happened to the various pieces of jewelry that Isabel was going to wear that day. The specialist was escorted by a policeman who took the piece to his workshop.
The tiara was the Queen Mary Fringe, and it was “borrowed”, at that time it belonged to her mother, to whom it had been given by her husband’s mother, Queen Mary of Teck. Commissioned by Mary in 1919, it was originally a fringed necklace that she wore in her hair. However, 26 years later she asked the court jeweler to turn her into a tiara that can also be worn as a necklace.
Today, Queen Elizabeth II owns several other tiaras in this style. While the Queen Mary Fringe tiara is still in the monarch’s collection, she rarely wears it. Elizabeth II has lent the piece of jewellery to her granddaughter, Princess Anne, for her wedding to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. She recently gave it to Princess Beatrice for her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020.
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