The Queen ‘alarmed’ over last-minute wedding day disaster

April 15, 2022 – 09:07 BST

Bridie Wilkins

Even Her Majesty wasn’t immune to wedding day disasters! The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, looked every inch the royal bride when she married Prince Phillip in 1947 – but she was left “alarmed” over a last-minute mishap.

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She rocked in her elegant white satin dress by Sir Norman Hartnell, which was inspired by Botticelli’s famous painting Primavera, and the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara which she told the Duchess of Cambridge she broke shortly before she walked down the aisle. 

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While attending an exhibition of Kate’s wedding dress in 2018, she explained: “The catch, which I didn’t know existed, it suddenly went. And I didn’t know it was a necklace, you see… I thought I’d broken it… We stuck it all together again, but I was rather alarmed.”

Given that she was about to walk down the aisle with an estimated audience of 200 million people in one of the world’s most public weddings, it’s no wonder that she was worried. But rather than opt for another tiara, which the Telegraph reports that the Queen Mother suggested, the Queen was adamant that she would wear the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, which was on loan as the ‘something borrowed’ from her mother.

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The Queen wore Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara for her wedding in 1947

Luckily, the royal jewellery house, Garrard, was on standby to help repair the broken tiara, and it was taken to the workshop under police escort to be welded back together in time for the Queen and Phillip’s nuptials.

The Queen Mary Fringe Tiara was originally a fringe necklace that belonged to the Queen Mother’s husband’s mother, Queen Mary. Apparently, Mary liked to customise her jewellery and 26 years after her wedding in 1893, she called upon Garrard to recreate it as a tiara.


Princess Anne wore Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara for her wedding in 1973

It was also worn by the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne on her wedding day in 1973. Now, it remains under the Queen’s ownership, though she rarely wears it. 

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