The British etiquette is a very complicated thing, and there are numerous rules on what to wear, how to sit, how to fold your napkins, and so on… But wearing a tiara is certainly one of the good sides of the British royal rules. But who in the royal family can wear them? And when?
Crown and a tiara aren’t the same things
“A coronet is not jewelry but regalia which has some emblematic function associated with sovereignty and nobility,” said Geoffrey Munn, a jewelry expert. “In the strictest sense, only sovereigns and their female consorts wear crowns. Some small head ornaments are called coronets, but this is a misnomer. Best avoid it.”
Hats and fascinators
The difference between hats and fascinates is that a fascinator is smaller, and has a hair clip or a hair band that can help you adjust your fascinator onto your head. Hats just sit on your head. Fascinators are a part of the British royal culture. They are considered a formalwear to wear to royal weddings and other formal occasions. Hats are worn in daytime outfits. “Up until the late 1950s ladies were very seldom seen without a hat as it was not considered ‘the thing’ for ladies to show their hair in public,”, a senior tutor for The English Manner etiquette consultancy, Diana Mather revealed. “But that has changed, and hats are now reserved for more formal occasions.”
However, there are rules when not to wear hats, like on Wimbledon, because it can block the view for other observers of the game.
Nowadays, only women who are married in the royal family can wear a tiara. They are worn for very formal occasions, or for some ceremonial events. The first time women can wear a tiara is on their wedding day.
Hard to stay on the head
Munn said how there is a myth that tiaras are very heavy to wear, but that is not the case for all of them, it all depends. “Hairspray immediately deadens the color and fire of precious stones,” Munn shared.