We admit it. Call it royal wedding mania, but with May 19th on the approach, we’ve been guilty of speculating on even the tiniest details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s impending nuptials, from the guest list to the bridesmaids to the cake and, of course, the dress, the veil and just about every other part of Meghan’s bridal ensemble.
As a royal bride, it’s a given that Meghan will wear a tiara to walk down the aisle, making this yet another rich field for educated guesswork and outright speculation. With the Royal Family’s extensive jewellery archive available for perusal, she has plenty of headwear to choose from, but one piece from the Queen’s collection can already be ruled out – the Cartier Halo tiara.
Also known as the Scroll tiara, the piece in question is steeped in royal history. Crafted from diamonds and platinum in 1936 by the world-famous jewellery brand, it was given to the then-Duchess of York by her husband, before the pair became better known as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It was then given to the Princess Elizabeth to mark her 18th birthday, who later loaned it to her sister, Princess Margaret, and only daughter, Princess Anne, when they were younger.
Most famously, though, the Halo tiara was borrowed by the Duchess of Cambridge to wear on her wedding day in 2011, elegantly complimenting her traditional veil and Alexander McQueen gown. While it would be a dazzling option for any royal bride, Meghan won’t be able to follow the lead of her future sister-in-law – because the tiara in question will be in Australia at the time of her wedding.
As Town and Country have pointed out, the Halo tiara will appear in Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, which is set to run from 30th March until 22nd July this year. Other storied exhibitions will include the diamond engagement ring worn by Grace Kelly, and a diamond necklace owned by Elizabeth Taylor.
While this particular tiara may be out of the question, Meghan certainly isn’t short of options. Indeed, it’s been rumoured that she’ll choose to wear the iconic Spencer tiara, most famously worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day.
NOW READ: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Relationship Timeline
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.
They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.
In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.
On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.
In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'
'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.
The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.
Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.
In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.
It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.
The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.
Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.
Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.
The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.
Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.
She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.
Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.
The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.
Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.
The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.
Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.
The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.
Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'
In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.
In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.
In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.
On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.
The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.
The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.
When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'