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When will Princess Charlotte wear her first tiara?

Princess Charlotte’s debut as a tiara-wearing public figure will be a historic occasion.

When will that be, though? The seven-year-old, Prince William and Princess Catherine’s second child, will follow in the footsteps of her mother, or perhaps her great aunt, Princess Anne. Royal fans will have to wait and see.


Princess Eugenie on her wedding day in 2018
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Princess Charlotte’s wedding day may be the first occasion when we see her don a tiara. While there are no strict guidelines, most royal women, including Catherine Middleton and Meghan Markle, wait to wear an ornate headpiece until their wedding ceremony.

Naturally, it should be noted that neither Duchess was born into the royal family; rather, she inherited her titles. However, Princess Eugenie, a member of the royal family by birth, did not appear to be wearing a tiara until her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018. Princess Beatrice, her older sister, followed suit when she exchanged vows in July 2020.

Charlotte and the York sisters, on the other hand, do not serve as working members of the royal family, which is a significant distinction.

Charlotte might then decide to follow in the footsteps of Princess Anne and Princess Margaret, the late Queen’s sisters, who both donned tiaras before getting married.


Princess Anne and the Queen on a state visit to Vienna in 1969


At the young age of 17 and again for her picture taken for her 21st birthday, Anne, the monarch’s only daughter, donned a tiara for the first time. This may be a custom Charlotte adopts, deciding to debut her first tiara in a photograph to mark a significant occasion, like her 18th or 21st birthday.

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It’s also important to remember that as working royals, Anne and Margaret wore their tiaras in an official capacity. Charlotte is likely to begin representing her grandfather, King Charles, and father, Prince William, as a young woman at royal events like state banquets as the monarchy becomes more streamlined.

However, Danielle Stacey, the Online Royal Correspondent for HELLO!, says that while it’s possible that Princess Charlotte will don a tiara before getting married, like Princess Anne, it seems unlikely in this day and age. Tiaras are no longer worn by members of the royal family at public events like movie premieres or charity dinners.


Duchess Catherine wore the Cartier Halo tiara for her wedding to Prince William


Tiaras are typically only worn at state banquets, the Queen’s annual reception for the diplomatic corps, and Her Majesty’s State Opening of Parliament.

Which design Charlotte will select for her upcoming debut tiara is one of the biggest unknowns.

The Cartier Halo tiara is without a doubt the front-runner. Princess Margaret and Princess Anne both wore it when they were younger, but Charlotte’s mother Catherine distinguished herself most by donning it for her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

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