HRH Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
May 6, 1960
Whichever is the case, Princess Margaret played the role of the younger sister, consistently marching to the beat of her own drummer. Margaret may have shared a wedding dress designer with her sister (Norman Hartnell), but she walked down the aisle in the polar opposite of her sister's traditional dress, sweeping in a whole new decade of royal style in her wake. This was also the first royal wedding ever televised, and was watched by over 300 million viewers worldwide, so her effect on ushering in the sleek styles of the 1960s could very well have stretched far beyond the royal family.
White silk organza with a satin-bound silk tulle veil and not a stitch of embroidery in sight. The whole design was made to accommodate the princess's short stature, including the tiara:
The Poltimore tiara, made in 1870 for Lady Poltimore, was bought at auction specially for Margaret. Her hair was pumped up with a hair piece to combine with the tiara to add height to the pint-sized princess. Tragically (in this magpie's eyes, at least), her children sold the tiara after her death, so we probably won’t ever see it again. Boo.
This chic creation is typical 60's fashion, but its clean lines give it true sticking power, as demonstrated by Serena Stanhope during her 1993 wedding to Princess Margaret’s son David, Viscount Linley (this is her father pictured with her, not David).
Serena's wearing another one of Princess Margaret's tiaras....
and it's one of my favorite tiaras ever.
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Photos: Rex Features/UPPA/Museum of London/Kensington Palace/Geoffrey Munn