Maria Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau

In the next few days, leading up to the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we will be taking a look at some of the possible Tiaras that can be worn by the bride at the wedding. Today’s feature is Maria Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau.

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Thought to have come from the collection of Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, this Diamond Sunburst Bandeau with a large central sapphire was worn by Queen Mary in the 1930s and 40s. She also sometimes replaced the sapphire with her carved emerald brooch, a gift from the Ladies of India at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. After her death in 1953, the Tiara was inherited by the Queen.

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While the Queen never publicly wore Maria Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau, she frequently loaned the tiara to her sister, Princess Margaret, in the 1950s and 60s, who also wore the central sapphire as a brooch. Notable appearances include the 1960 French State Visit and the Wedding of Princess Astrid of Norway in 1961. The Bandeau hasn’t been publicly worn in over 50 years, and is one of the choices for Meghan at the wedding on Saturday.

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3 thoughts on “Maria Feodorovna’s Sapphire Bandeau

  1. I know tiaras with stones other than pearls and diamonds are not favored for weddings, but I have seen it done very well many times. This sapphire bandeau hasn’t been seen in quite a while and I think it would be lovely as a wedding tiara. It looks very modern, which would fit Ms. Markle’s style, but on the other hand, it’s a bit on the large side and she may opt for something more discrete. Maybe she’ll adapt the emerald choker or Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s diamond bracelets. There are three of them and they would form a very excellent diadem.

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    1. This tiara is fabulous, and I would love to see it on MM for no other reason than that we would finally get to see some high-quality photos and video of it. I am all in favour of brides wearing something blue, and why not a giant blue sapphire? As BlueSaphire notes, it does have a modern look to it, and it would be wonderful on Meghan.

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