When Princess Diana wed in 1981 the bride nervously adjusted her tiara as it shifted around her head. To ensure that the new princess-to-be would be adjustment-free, the stylists behind Middleton’s do spent hours on a solution. “We came up with a unique concept for securing it,” James Pryce, Middleton’s long-time stylist, told The Telegraph. “We backcombed the top to create a foundation for the tiara to sit around, then did a tiny plait in the middle and sewed it on. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
The Cartier “halo” tiara—lent to Middleton by the Queen for her wedding day—is no practice piece. With the tiara in safe keeping until the big day, Middleton’s hairdressers practiced in the salon’s back office using none other than a Claire’s tiara, which retails for $10.