Princess Margaret travelling to her wedding in the Royal Coach

Princess Margaret travelling to her wedding in the Royal Coach Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Proving she always did things her own way! 

Her wedding to Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960 was one the grandest royal occassions we've ever seen, but did you know that Princess Margaret bought her own tiara rather than borrow one from the royal jewels?

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6th May 1960: Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) leaving Clarence House in London for Westminster Abbey on her wedding day. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

6th May 1960: Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) leaving Clarence House in London for Westminster Abbey on her wedding day. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

While Queen Elizabeth II and most royal brides since, including Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie wore something borrowed from the royal vaults, Princess Margaret decided to do things her own way and bought a £5,500 tiara at auction in 1959. 

The tiara originally belonged to Margaret, the wife of the 3rd Baron Poltimore. But what's truly remarkable about the purchase is that the princess bought the tiara before she became engaged, and wore it out and about several times before her wedding. 

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Today, the tiara is worth about £39,300 but sold last year at Christie's for a enormous £1.25 million. No doubt thanks to its historical links. 

The bridal group at Buckingham Palace May 6, 1960 at the wedding of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Margaret died peacefully in her sleep at 1:30AM EST at the King Edward VII Hospital February 9, 2002 in London. (Photo by Getty Images)

The bridal group at Buckingham Palace May 6, 1960 at the wedding of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Margaret died peacefully in her sleep at 1:30AM EST at the King Edward VII Hospital February 9, 2002 in London. (Photo by Getty Images)

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By comparison, the tiara worn by Meghan was Queen Mary’s lozenge bandeau tiara with is worth around £2 million. Kate's halo scroll tiara is thought to be worth £750,000. Princess Eugenie wore the greville emerald kokoshnik tiara as her something borrowed, which is estimated to be worth an eye-watering £5 million.