Princess Eugenie Styled Her Second Wedding Dress With A Gorgeous, Subtle Tribute To The Queen
There's no doubt that the bride's style was one of the best things about Princess Eugenie's wedding. Alongside her stunning, backless gown and glitzy pink engagement ring, Princess Eugenie's second wedding dress was an unexpected — and stylish — way to finish the day. The best addition to Princess Eugenie's reception look? Her brooch-turned-hair-pin borrowed straight from Queen Elizabeth's closet.
Although Princess Eugenie arrived to her ceremony in a custom Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown, the royal made a quick change before heading to the reception. Just like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's, Eugenie's second look was just as bold as her first. Royal brides traditionally opt for white dresses (both during and after the reception), but Eugenie made a statement with a blush-toned gown by Zac Posen.
The Princess paid subtle homage to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, by pairing the dress with the Queen's famous wheat-ear brooch. Princess Eugenie took fashion notes from the royal matriarch by wearing the special piece as a hair pin.
In an official statement provided by Kensington Palace, the sentimental accessory is described in detail. The brooch was "originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide" and was later "passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to the Queen in 1952."
In the past, Queen Elizabeth has worn the wheat-ear brooch traditionally (pinned to her dress), as well as untraditionally (clipped in her hair). During an official visit to Spain in 1988, Queen Elizabeth delicately placed the brooch in the front of her hair and paired it with complimentary earrings and a necklace. In 2010, the Queen brought out her brooch again — only this time, she pinned it atop a yellow dress while visiting Muscat, Oman.
While you may not have a diamond heirloom readily available to use as a gorgeous hair accessory (a girl can dream!), that doesn't place this trend too far out of reach. Ahead, find some of The Zoe Report's favorite royal-approved, jewel-encrusted hair pins to add a little sparkle to your next formal occasion.