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The wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank took place this morning. As usual, there was all kinds of speculation as to the Princess and her wedding attire. The Princess had hinted she would be wearing a dress produced in Britian, but was elusive as to the designer.

We now know that her long-sleeved, plunge-back wedding gown with long train was produced by Peter Pilotto, with nods in the fabric (produced in Italy) to Ireland, the cottage in which the couple resides, and other sweet details.

But the BEST detail of Eugenie's wedding outfit was her stunning and never before seen on a Royal tiara by Boucheron. The tiara, the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, is a nod to imperial Russian tiaras and sold to Ms. Greville by Boucheron in 1921.

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara was made by Boucheron for the Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville in 1919 and was bequeathed by Mrs. Greville to Queen Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, in 1942. Mrs. Greville was a woman known on the social scene, sometimes described as a "social climber". One way to social climb is to leave all your stunning jewelry to the Queen of England, yes?

"An archival photo from Boucheron was included in Boucheron: The Secret Archives by Vincent Meylan, which includes excellent information on the Greville pieces thanks to the Boucheron archives. However, the tiara itself hadn’t been seen on any member of the royal family since it was inherited, casting doubt on whether it still existed. (Mrs. Greville was fond of changing her jewels.) We can now obviously confirm that it was in the bequest the entire time. The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara was presumably inherited by the Queen on her mother’s death in 2002. The Queen loaned it to Princess Eugenie for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank." (source: Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

And there you have it. A Princess spotted in her first tiara ever, on her wedding day, casting little doubt that the Royals own some of the most stunning jewelry ever.