Princess Margaret, 1960

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - THE ROYAL WEDDING - AWW

The de­signer be­hind Princess El­iz­a­beth’s mon­u­men­tal wed­ding gown was called on again in 1960 when the now-Queen’s younger sis­ter Princess Margaret an­nounced her en­gage­ment to the Earl of Snow­don, Antony Arm­strong-Jones. Util­is­ing 30 me­tres of silk or­ganza in the skirt alone, Nor­man Hart­nell cre­ated a wed­ding dress that was em­blem­atic of Princess Margaret’s chic style, and to this day is praised for its sim­plic­ity and so­phis­ti­cated re­straint. The fit­ted bodice and di­aphanous silk skirt had hardly any em­bel­lish­ment at all. It was the grand, sparkling Polti­more tiara, which held Princess Margaret’s cas­cad­ing veil to her high bee­hive hairdo, that truly made the en­sem­ble an icon of bridal style. The tiara of di­a­monds set in gold and sil­ver can be con­verted into a neck­lace and – to give a sense of its size – 11 brooches.

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