|Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wearing Queen Mary's Bandeau Tiara Image via Daily Star
|Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau Tiara Image via The International Order of Sartorial Splendor
|Queen Mary wearing the bandeau to a film premier in 1949 Image via Historic Images
|Queen Mary wearing the bandeau Image via Royal Jewels of the World
When a royal jewel such as this falls out of use there is the worry/assumption that it may have been dismantled for the creation of another piece. It is for this reason none of the most skilled royal watchers had this tiara in the running on their prediction lists.
The use of a sleek and modern tiara seems to be a growing trend among royal brides which is fitting given the simplified clean lines preferred by contemporary brides. It is a far cry from the romantic, historicist and opulent trends preferred in fashion and the decorative arts of the go-go 1980s and 90s. The Duchess of Cambridge borrowed the Queen Mother's Cartier Halo art deco tiara for her nuptials to Prince William in 2011 with great effect.
Similarly, Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Phillips wore the starkly modern Meander Tiara for her 2011 wedding to Mike Tindall.
|The Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day and the "Halo" at right Image via MamaMia
|Zara Phillips on her wedding day in 2011 Image via Pinterest
|The Meander Tiara seen from left with: Princess Anne, Zara Phillips and Princess Andrew of Greece Image via SociImage
The Meader Tiara dates to the turn of the century and belonged to Princess Andrew of Greece, Prince Phillips mother and was given to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding present. In turn, it was given to Princess Anne in 1972 in whose possession it remains.