As the ultimate jewellery status symbol, tiaras are mostly the reserve of royalty and aristocrats. Heirloom pieces passed down from generation-to-generation, each tiara has a history as rich as its design.There's a few you'll probably recognise, like Queen Elizabeth II’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (which appears on British currency) as well as the Cartier creation Kate Middleton picked for her wedding day in 2011. But royal families on the continent have some pretty spectacular tiaras of their own, featuring gobstopper-sized sapphires and exquisite botanical motifs.
In 2020, Trooping the Colour will look like no other event before it, as the country continues to grapple with the impact of coronavirus.The Queen looks to be the only member of the Royal Family who will enjoy a miniature version of the ceremony, done by the battalion stationed with her at Windsor Castle where she is isolating with her husband Prince Philip.The huge change means there won’t be a chance to see the royals in their best outfits to celebrate the pomp and pageantry - and no balcony photos as they watch an RAF flypast. Instead, we will have to look back at the photos of years gone by as we reminisce about the best outfits - from the Duchess of Cambridge’s double-breasted Alexander McQueen coat with a black hat in 2011, to Meghan Markle's navy Givenchy outfit in 2019 as she make a maternity break appearance. But what Kate and Meghan have worn to this annual event is by no means the only outfits worth talking about.From the Queen’s ‘green screen’ outfit to Princess Diana’s iconic baby blue smocked look she wore while pregnant with Prince Harry in 1984, see how many of these royal get-ups you recall…
In usual circumstances, the Royal Family would be getting together at the weekend for the annual Trooping the Colour parade.The parade marks the Queen’s official birthday and was due to be held on 13 June this year - but had to be cancelled in its usual form because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Usually, the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family take part in a carriage procession that travels from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guard’s Parade and back again.They then congregate on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the RAF fly-past.But this year, there will be a smaller ceremony in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and her husband Prince Philip have been in isolation for 11 weeks.There won’t be any young royals present to steal the show at the event, so no Prince George, Princess Charlotte or their cousins providing some amusing moments.Read more: Queen's mini Trooping the Colour revealed as official birthday marked in lockdownIn 2018, Savannah Phillips pretended to conduct the music, while promptly putting her hand over cousin George’s mouth to stop him from singing.The Duchess of Sussex made her debut at Trooping the Colour in 2018 and last year was her first post-pregnancy appearance. It’s believed Harry and Meghan had hoped to come back to the UK for the event this year.The Duchess of Cambridge attended her first one in 2011 and has been an ever present figure on the balcony alongside her husband William and brother-in-law Prince Harry.Take a look at some of the best photos of the royals at Trooping the Colour through the years.
Royal experts look back on the couple's big day in 2011 and how they have changed in the last nine years.
From Meghan Markle's minimalist Givenchy number to the Queen's intricate Norman Hartnell gown, vote for your favourite royal wedding dress in our poll.
The 31-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson has been dating the son of Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale for some time now.
Meghan Markle’s wedding make-up was the perfect modern bridal look; a glowing minimal take which celebrated the freckles on her skin.Since then, it has become one of the most requested celebrity make-up looks. And it turns out it was planned with the help of Pinterest.
Since joining the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex has only further cemented her status as the world's most famous fashion muse.Gone are the days of cross-body bags, draped-over-the-shoulder blazers and ripped jeans in favour of more Kensington Palace-approved neutral hues, skirt suits and the little black dress.Though she's stayed true to her sartorial taste with go-to labels including Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Victoria Beckham.Further flexing her fashion know-how, Meghan Markle even managed to pull off nine months worth of covetable maternity looks weighing in at an estimated £478,920 in total (that's around £6,385 per outfit).From her diplomatic royal tour wardrobe to a surprising love of British high street labels, take a look back at our favourite Duchess of Sussex looks to date.
"Prince Harry said to me that there is a big difference between being a show business celebrity and being a royal."