You won't believe what happened to Queen Elizabeth II.
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Marie Claire recently caught up with the royal jewelry designers at House of Garrard. (As the longest-serving jeweler in the world, House of Garrard has been involved in every monarch's royal wedding since its founding in 1735.) While they didn't uncover details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming wedding, they did hear some secrets from past nuptial celebrations.

According to the jeweler, Queen Elizabeth II's wedding morning came with a disaster. On the big day, the royal was set to wear the family's Fringe Tiara, but her hairdresser broke it as she was being prepped. The prestigious piece was so important, it was escorted by police to House of Garrard, where it was luckily fixed and placed on her head before the wedding proceedings began. "You don't expect the royals to have those sorts of mix-ups, but they do," the jeweler explained.

Another interesting story from the interview was that of Princess Diana and Duchess Kate's engagement ring. "Queen Victoria absolutely loved sapphires, so Prince Albert always used to buy her sapphires. There's a very famous sapphire brooch which Queen Elizabeth wears regularly, passed down from Queen Victoria. That was the inspiration for the sapphire engagement ring that the Duchess of Cambridge wears," House of Garrard shared. "Prince Charles had always seen this beautiful sapphire brooch of his mother's, which House of Garrard had created. When he went to House of Garrard he saw that ring, and thought it was perfect."

As it turns out, that same brooch was Queen Victoria's "something blue." "A couple of days before Prince Albert and Queen Victoria got married, he presented her with [the brooch] as a wedding present. Queen Victoria loved it so much that she actually ended up wearing it on her wedding day as the 'something blue' option," the jeweler told Marie Claire. The piece's influence doesn't stop there. "Garrard now places a sapphire on the inside of every engagement ring as a nod to the royals' love of sapphires, and also to be the 'something blue' on the bride's wedding day."


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