When & Where Royals Wear Crowns or Tiaras
Beautiful tiaras are common hair accessories among the many illustrious of the royal realm. But there are rules and regulations as to when and where.
For example, Kate Middleton, wore Princess Diana's Lover's Knot Tiara many times at white tie and state affairs. A gorgeous piece of hair jewelry that is decorated with sparkling diamonds and lustrous tear-drop pearls. Her most favorite tiara of three that were loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex last wore Queen Mary's bandeau tiara on her Royal Wedding Day in 2018. And although state events allowed such magnificence and grandeur, the Duchess was advised that it might not be in good taste to do so. Precisely what occurred in Fiji and Tonga. Prince Charles advised Duchess Meghan against wearing it as it might appear "too extravagant".
But, since the royal couples' departure from royal duties and no longer senior royals in the family, Meghan's chances of wearing any of Queen Elizabeth's jewels are slim to none as Her Royal Highness rarely lends her jewels out to non-senior royals. Despite the strict rules surrounding when the royals are allowed to wear tiaras, that doesn't mean we won't ever see the Duchess wear one. It will depend on what, when, where and if she chooses to wear one. After all, the 21st century proves that rules and traditions are meant to be broken or altered, as the royal couple have demonstrated. We'll see.
Alas, rules and more rules. Yes... even royals must follow the rules of the crown and court etiquette. Here are just a few:
1. You Have To Be Married
2. or... Hold a Certain Royal Title To Wear a Tiara
According to the Royal School of Etiquette Tiaras are traditionally a sign of marriage. A bride can wear it on her wedding day and thereafter to any white tie event.
Busting this Precept:
Many princesses and Queens were not married, however they wore their crowns and tiaras with much pride. Queen Victoria was an excellent example and wore her crowns prior to getting married. Princess Margaret did likewise. They broke the rules with no fear. Ever since the 19th Century... anything goes!
Most particularly they are worn at weddings, state banquets, state visits, inaugurations and coronations, balls and royal dinners and other white-tie events.
Busting this Precept:
Although nobility and royals attend many ostentatious events, today many women prefer to wear a fancy bandeau in lieu of a tiara. Perfectly acceptable for formal affairs, white or black ties when acceptable.
4. Tiaras Are Worn Only After a Certain Time of Day
Tradition dictates that tiaras are not worn before 6 p.m., though weddings are an exception. They are worn on formal white tie events and state occasions such as state banquets. The decision on whether to wear a tiara is linked to the dress code of particular events and also to personal preference. Optional use: weddings held at 11:00 a.m., as it is non-obligatory.
5. Crowns Are Allowed to Be Worn By Anyone in the Royal Family......But only for One Particular Event
Although the Queen is entitle to wear a crown, other royals are permitted to wear coronets, which is a small crown. They are most often worn at a coronation and being a monarch isn't a qualifier.
Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret wore coronets as young girls for the coronation of King George VI.
These are only a few of the rules. So we ponder.....
So many rules. Why? What difference does it make if you are titled nobility or a commoner. Rich or poor?
If you have a tiara wear it. If you'd love to own one, buy one and use it with joy. After all, happiness is an entitlement we all possess without limitation.
As the modern day royals of the world have shown us, perhaps change is good. So go ahead break a few rules..... within reason of course.
But like everything in life....There is a time, place, and occasion for everything.
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