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Royal Mythbusters: Tiaras

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Which rule shall we take on next? How about this oldie but goodie: only married women are allowed to wear tiaras. “She’s forbidden to wear a tiara because she’s not married yet” spout all of the so called “experts” at least 148,000 times a year.

From the experts at Brides Magazine – “Believe it or not, per royal tradition, unmarried women are prohibited from wearing tiaras in public”.


Royal ladies in Denmark don’t have to wait until marriage for tiaras. Daisy in the Alexandrine diamond drop in 1958. Benedikte and her floral in 1962.

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The good folks at The Cut schooled us on royal wedding etiquette.- “It’s considered a massive faux pas to wear one (tiara) when the bride is planning on wearing one, so please leave yours at home.”


We all know the Swedes would never leave their tiaras at home for any reason, especially for one as silly as that. Victoria wore her first tiara in 1995 as a guest at Prince Joachim and Alexandra’s wedding, while Madeleine started with Princess Martha Louise’s wedding in 2002.

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From jeweler Geoffery Munn, another so called expert (He is so wrong on so many levels that I wonder if he’s ever even seen a royal in a tiara before) – “The ancient etiquette is that you wear one for the first time on the occasion of your marriage. This is because they symbolise the loss of innocence and the crowning of love.”


Norwegian royals start young as well. Princess Astrid was the First Lady of Norway after her mother’s death in 1954, so you know she wore tiaras pre marriage. Martha Louise wore them as well.

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From MSN – “It has been tradition for numerous years that only a married woman, or bride, can wear a tiara.” 


The Netherlands rolls the same as everyone else. Beatrix and Irene in tiaras before their marriages as well.

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“Well,” I hear them saying, “maybe those other royals do, but they certainly don’t do it in Britain!” From The Sun’s experts – “Only married women wear tiaras at social events.”


Princess Margaret started wearing tiaras in the early ’50s. Anne in the late 60s.

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Of course these are but a drop in the Unmarried Lady Tiara Bucket. There are at least million more examples from every royal house out there.

Do you have a favorite Unmarried Lady Tiara Moment? Toss it in the comments below!