Even the Queen of England isn’t immune to an outfit mishap.
If your wedding nightmare involves spilling something on your dress or having your makeup artist make you look three shades too light, we feel you. However, just imagine yourself to be 100 times richer, with an entire Kingdom to oversee, and with the world’s eyes on you, and then imagine your nightmare coming to life (honestly, it’s really hard to relate to someone like the Queen, but we’re trying).
Over 70 years ago when then-Princess Elizabeth II married then-Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, her bridal nightmare came to life when her preferred diamond tiara broke.
To put into perspective how much of a big deal this was, the tiara was made for Elizabeth’s grandmother, Queen Mary, back in 1919. As The Telegraph reported, the tiara was created from older pieces of jewellery that Mary liked to re-purpose, with “diamonds taken from a transformable tiara-necklace that her mother-in-law, Queen Victoria, had given her as a wedding present in 1893.”
The diamonds were then set by the royal jeweller, Garrard & Co, and passed down to her daughter, Elizabeth I, in 1936. It was then given to Elizabeth II by her mother as her “something borrowed” for the wedding day.
Now, the moment of horror came when the royal hairstylist (who we assume wasn’t asked to style any royal’s hair afterwards) was attaching Elizabeth’s veil and tiara and watched in horror as the antique tiara snapped.
Despite Elizabeth II assuring her daughter that “we have two hours and there are other tiaras”, the young Princess was adamant on wearing that tiara, which meant that it needed to be fixed.
The broken tiara was taken to the Garrard workshop (by police escort) and welded together, although it now sported a gap between the centre spike and the one to its right.
Following the wedding, Queen Elizabeth I kept the tiara and it remained hidden until the wedding of Princess Anne. Now it’s in the hands of Queen Elizabeth II, and we don’t expect to see it on any other royal’s head.
Source: The Telegraph