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Meghan Markle's 2018 Royal Wedding Tiara Facts

Here's What We Know About Meghan Markle's Show-Stopping Wedding Tiara

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaves Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The royal wedding is officially over — in the U.S., it took place in the wee early morning hours on Saturday, May 19 — but we still can't stop talking about it. Meghan Markle looked beyond impeccable as she said "I do" to Prince Harry. She truly was princess perfect.

Everything from Meghan's elegant gown by Givenchy — designed by Clare Waight Keller — to her dramatic train made an impression on fans. The biggest topic of discussion, at least fashion-wise, is probably her beautiful filigree tiara that held her long veil in place. Any tiara is pretty in our minds, but this tiara was bloody brilliant. It sparkled so bright that we can't stop looking at it. But it's not just pretty, there is actually a lot of tradition that comes with this accessory and we've got all the details for you here.

UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this undated handout image released by the Royal Household, Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau, is pictured, which is being worn by Meghan Markle for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. It was specifically made for Queen Mary in 1932 to accommodate in the centre the detachable brooch given as a present for her own wedding in 1893 by the County of Lincoln. The bandeau, chosen from Her Majesty's collection, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The centre is set with the detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953. (Photo by Royal Collection Trust via Getty Images)(NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.)
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  • It is a family heirloom. The officially titled "Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau" dates back to 1893 when the diamond brooch in the middle was gifted to Princess Mary (before she became Queen Mary) by the County of Lincoln for her wedding to Prince George, Duke of York aka King George V. The English tiara (bandeau portion) is made up of diamonds set in platinum and was created in 1932, while the 10-diamond centre brooch is from 1893.
  • It was borrowed from the queen. In 1953, the iconic brooch and the crown it sits in were given to Queen Elizabeth II and are now a part of her royal collection. Queen Elizabeth II's jewellery vault is also where Kate Middleton's wedding tiara was from.
  • Meghan is not the first to wear it. In addition to Queen Mary herself, Princess Margaret aka Queen Elizabeth II's baby sister wore it on numerous occasions as her dazzling accessory.
  • There are many parts that make up the intricately designed tiara. "The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds," reads the description from Kensington Palace. "The centre is set with a detachable brooch of 10 brilliant diamonds."

We would've been happy to wear any tiara and marry a prince, but the fact that Meghan honoured her new family by wearing a tiara with so much tradition makes it that much more wonderful.

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