The Meaning Behind The Bride's Tiara At The Westminster Wedding

The Meaning Behind The Bride's Tiara At The Westminster Wedding

She did, in the end, keep it in the family. When Olivia Henson emerged this morning to wed The Duke Of Westminster, all eyes were on the top of her head.

Which of the many Westminster family tiaras would she wear? The Spinel Bagration was the jewelry snob's choice—but there were doubts. Would a modern bride choose such an elaborate piece?

the wedding of the duke of westminster and miss olivia henson
Olivia Henson arrives for her wedding.Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Alas no, but the Myrtle Leaf tiara created by Faberge—and in the family since its creation in 1906 for the wedding of wedding of Lord Hugh Grosvenor and Lady Mabel Crichton—is packed with meaning and offers a modern simplicity along with its rich history. The groom's sister Lady Tamara Grosvenor wore it when she married Edward van Cutsem in 2004.

And the diamond leaves and structure of the piece clearly recall Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, appropriate of course for a jewel made for one wedding and worn to another. And a Faberge tiara offers a design lineage that makes the family proud and is such a strong display of why many are calling this the "most royal, non-Royal wedding" (by the way, they also own the Faberge Cyclamen tiara created in 1905).

Both family Faberge tiaras are sometimes seen on exhibit, but today, the Myrtle Leaf was on the bride of what many are calling the wedding of the year.

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