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Princess Diana's Wedding Tiara Was Just Reworn by Her Niece

Celia McCorquodale, the daughter of Diana's oldest sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, wore the famed headpiece for her own wedding.

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Everything about Princess Diana's wedding look, from her gown's 25-foot-long train to her petite bouquet, was iconic. Her accessories, which included the Spencer Tiara, only added to the grandeur of her nuptials to Prince Charles. Today, the stunning headpiece has become synonymous with the late royal's legacy. As an homage to that heritage, the Spencer Tiara hasn't been worn since Diana's death in 1997—until now. 

 

Her niece, Celia McCorquodale (Diana's oldest sister's daughter!), donned the sparkler for her wedding to George Woodhouse, which took place at St. Andrew and St. Mary's Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire, on Saturday. (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in attendance!) Though the crown hasn't been worn in over 20 years, it has quite the royal history, especially within the confines of the Spencer family.

 

Related: How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Subtly Honored Princess Diana in Their Wedding Photos

 

Though it's not clear how exactly the Spencers came into possession of the tiara's jewels, its sparkly pieces allegedly date back to the late 1700s when it was owned by Frances Manby, the last known Viscountess of Mantagu, reports People. The tiara's modern-day form, which features diamonds shaped into tulips and stars surrounded by silver scrolls, was likely finalized sometime in the 1930s. It's been a favorite of the Spencer clan ever since. Diana's sisters, Lady Sarah and Jane, Baroness Fellowes, both wore the heirloom on their own wedding days. 

 

Though the crown has been dubbed the Spencer Tiara, one doesn't have to be a member of the aristocratic family to wear it. One non-Spencer also donned the bridal headpiece—Victoria Lockwood, the first wife of Diana's brother Charles, accessorized her bridal look with the sparkler on her wedding day in 1989.