Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall did not wear a tiara at the wedding – wanted a ‘clean and crisp look’

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, decided not to wear a tiara on her wedding day, unlike all other royal brides. When she married Prince Charles on April 9, 2005, she opted for a cream hat instead, and that could be the case for two reasons. First, it was not Camilla Parker Bowles’ first marriage.

Camilla had previously been married to Andrew Parker Bowles, their wedding having taken place in July 1973.

Interestingly, at this wedding Camilla wore a tiara, although it was not a royal wedding.

This could be standard procedure for a royal bride’s second wedding, as Princess Anne also did not wear a tiara for her second marriage to Sir Timothy Laurence in 1992.

Camilla’s diamond encrusted tiara is a family heirloom from the Duchess’s maternal grandmother, Sonia Rosemary Cubitt, Baroness Ashcombe.

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The Duchess of Cornwall’s daughter Laura Lopes also wore the tiara for her own wedding to Harry Lopes in 2006.

The second possible reason Camilla doesn’t wear a tiara on her wedding day to Prince Charles is because the royal couple didn’t have a church ceremony.

While Camilla and Andrew chose a Catholic service at the Guards Chapel in London, Camilla and Charles had a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall.

This was then followed by a wedding blessing at St George’s Chapel, which the Queen attended, although she did not attend the actual civil ceremony.


This is because the Queen is the head of the Church of England, which officially does not approve of divorce and remarriage.

Camilla’s wedding dress was a cream chiffon gown hemmed with woven discs and a matching woven silk coat.

She completed the outfit with beige suede shoes designed by LK Bennett, a cream straw hat from Philip Treacy decorated with ivory French lace and feathers, and a leather handbag from Launer’s “East / West” collection.

For the blessing that followed, she wore a floor-length embroidered pale blue and gold mantle over a matching chiffon gown and dramatic golden feathers in her hair.

Both sets were by Antonia Robinson and Anna Valentine, who told NBC News that they wanted a “crisp, clean look with subtle details” for the dress.

The two big day hats were made by Irish hatter Philip Treacy.

The Duchess ‘flower bouquet contained daffodils, jasmine, lily of the valley, pink and cream lilies, camellias, hydrangeas and roses from the gardens of the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove House.

Camilla was again seen with her original wedding tiara as she wore it for a visit to Buckingham Palace in 2015.

She paired the centerpiece with dangling diamond earrings and a four-string pearl necklace.

The rest of the royal family wore fabulous tiaras on their wedding day.

When Princess Beatrice married real estate mogul Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on July 17, 2020, she wore the Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, made up of 47 diamond ingots.

It was actually the same tiara Queen Elizabeth wore on her wedding day to Prince Philip in 1947.

The Duchess of Cambridge for her 2011 wedding to Prince William wore the Queen Mother’s Halo Cartier tiara with 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette diamonds.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has been loaned the Queen Mary Diamond Headband Tiara for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.

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