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What to know about Princess Eugenie's stunning diamond and emerald wedding tiara

Her choice of tiara came as a surprise to many fans of the royals.
Princess Eugenie's wedding tiara surprised many royal style experts.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, England.Steve Parsons / Pool via Reuters
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For royal brides, “something borrowed” tends to be something encrusted with diamonds, and Princess Eugenie’s wedding tiara was no exception.

Queen Elizabeth II, the princess' grandmother, lent her a stunning diamond and emerald headpiece for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, England.

Princess Eugenie in the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth.Danny Lawson / AP

Princess Eugenie’s tiara choice surprised many royal watchers who had predicted she would wear the York Diamond Tiara — the one her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, wore on her own wedding day in 1986.

Sarah, Duchess of York, wore the York Diamond Tiara for her wedding to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, on July 23, 1986. Anwar Hussein / Getty Images

The bride took a less expected route when she chose the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which is seldom worn publicly by members of the royal family.

The Greville tiara was created by the Parisian jewelry house Boucheron for Dame Margaret Greville in 1919.

Greville, a socialite who was close with the royal family, left the tiara to the Queen Mother (then known as Queen Elizabeth) when she died in 1942. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, the tiara was passed down to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

This diamond and emerald tiara is fit for a princess.Danny Lawson / AFP - Getty Images

The tiara is set with brilliant and rose cut diamonds. A large emerald stone is at its center with six emeralds spaced on either side.

It’s a fitting design for a wedding tiara; emeralds traditionally represent hope and diamonds mean forever, as jewelry historian Geoffrey Munn explains in his 2002 book, “Tiaras: Past and Present.”

Princess Eugenie looked stunning in the diamond and emerald sparkler.Alistair Grant / Reuters

Princess Eugenie wore the Greville tiara without a veil, an unusual choice for royal brides. Royal family officials did not reveal the reason for that particular style choice, but it’s possibly because she wanted to leave her back exposed. The bride had said she intended to celebrate her scars from a back surgery she had at age 12 to correct scoliosis.

“A veil would have obscured that deliberate design detail," royal jewelry expert Ella Kay noted on her blog, The Court Jeweller.

The princess intentionally left her back exposed to show off her scar from scoliosis surgery at age 12. Neil Hall / EPA

Princess Eugenie was the latest royal bride to borrow a tiara from the queen for her nuptials.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, borrowed a diamond-encrusted bandeau tiara from Queen Elizabeth for her wedding to Prince Harry in May.

Meghan, Duchess of Susse, also wore a tiara from the queen's vault on her wedding day this year.TODAY

And Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, borrowed the queen’s Cartier Halo tiara for her wedding to Prince William in 2011.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, borrowed the Cartier Halo tiara from the queen, too.Getty Images

Princess Eugenie’s choice of tiara may have come as a surprise, but her sparkly headpiece couldn’t have been more stunning!