This Is What Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s Wedding Tiara Means

Back in 1999, Prince Edward married Sophie and made her the Countess of Wessex. Every Royal wedding features the bride wearing a tiara that is meant to represent her personally… Here is what Sophie’s wedding tiara meant to her.

This Is What Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s Wedding Tiara Means

Sophie’s Wedding Tiara Was Very Unique

The tiara, worn by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, was incredibly unique. It was commissioned by the Queen herself and was generally believed to be made up of pieces from Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet. However, this was never confirmed by the Palace but was confirmed to be from the Queen’s private tiara collection.

It’s Composed Of Four Elements

Jeweler Eddie Le Vian explained that if you look closely at the tiara, then you can see four anthemion elements. This means that she had a specific floral design that twists delicately on to the gold-framed tiara. However, this further encouraged the belief that it was made from the Regal Circlet.

This Is What Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s Wedding Tiara Means

It Was Interchangeable

According to Le Vian, the Royal Circlet was made up of detachable parts, made up of the Maltese cross, fleur-de-lis and other similar elements that could be changed around or swapped. This was an incredibly unique honor, considering the female being married in would usually wear a tiara from their family; as Princess Diana did.

The Tiara Had Never Been Seen Before

This Tiara had never been seen by the public before, making it truly unique. Sophie wore the original design alongside new jewelry presented to her by Edward, who was soon-to-be her husband. The necklace gifted to her was a necklace made from pearls, with a dainty cross to finish it. It wasn’t the last time that Sophie was seen wearing the tiara.

The countess has worn the tiara on numerous occasions, and it has been estimated to be worth around $1.5 million.

45 Couples Who Clearly Married Their Best Friend

It’s an unfortunate truth, but not every romantic relationship is a match made in heaven. However, nobody likes reading about those. Instead, we like to see stories of couples who are happy, usually because they married their best friend.

It’s the Small Things

When you’re in a good relationship, you don’t have to make big, grand gestures to make the other person happy. In fact, it’s usually enough to just do small things. That said, one probably wouldn’t expect their partner to get so happy over an empty box.

It’s the Small Things

Helping as Best as You Can

Needless to say, some people don’t have certain skill sets. One such skillset would be cooking, but if you’re married to your best friend, then you probably want to do what you can to help them whenever the opportunity arises, even if the methods are… unorthodox.

Helping as Best You Can

It’s the thought that counts, as they say. Besides, is this method really any less effective than the normal mixing tool that would be used? Either way, he’s trying his best.

On Thin Ice

If there’s one thing men know for sure, it’s that a joke — no matter how clever — can easily stir the ire of their spouse. Despite knowing this, they still constantly make those jokes, risking the dreaded dog house treatment just to get a laugh out of themselves and no one else.

On Thin Ice

But, if they’re lucky, their best friend turned wife will at least crack a smile before condemning them to sleep on the couch that night.

Taking Pride and Responsibility

There’s great value in being proud of what you do and what you’ve done. That said, there are probably a few instances in which that isn’t a good idea — such as this one. We imagine the wife isn’t too particularly amused by her hubby’s t-shirt considering that she’s in labor.

Taking Pride and Responsibility

But, well, you have to make your own fun, and this guy is definitely doing that. We can’t blame him for trying to lighten the mood, even if it isn’t going to work for anyone but himself.

Birds of a Feather

They say opposites attract, but honestly, the happiest relationships usually involve people that have more similarities than differences. That being said, if you and your significant other happen to get the exact same gift for one another for an anniversary — well, you can’t really dispute that!

Birds of a Feather

It’s probably just an uncanny coincidence, but either way, it’s definitely a sign that you picked a good partner to spend the rest of your life with.

Ask and You Shall Receive

When you ask your best friend for a favor, you know they are going to deliver in a grand way. So, if you ask your husband to do something special and he totally delivers, then he must be your best friend, correct? Needless to say, this man did not fail to deliver what he was asked of.

Ask and You Shall Receive

Of course, the fact that his wife was happy about this whole thing just further proves that they’re indeed quite close friends.

Adults Are Just Big Kids

If you can’t play around, have senseless fun, and giggle like school kids with your spouse, did you really marry the right person? Being able to have fun with the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with is very important. This guy knew that from the start.

Adults Are Just Big Kids

Marry someone that will always alleviate the burdens of your day — even if it’s by doing something as silly as hiding in the crevice of a couch.

Weird Alone, Weirder Together

Don’t marry someone who will judge you for who you are. If you’re a weirdo, marry someone who’s just as much of a weirdo, and your marriage will be a happy, albeit eccentric one. But hey, it’s better to have a weird relationship than a bad or droll one.

Weird Alone, Weirder Together

What are they up to in this picture? We’re not really sure, but we are certain that they’re enjoying themselves, and that’s what really matters.

The Long Haul

High school sweethearts are one thing, but what about middle school sweethearts? If you’ve been together with your spouse since the two of you were just starting to experience the travails of puberty, chances are you were always meant for each other.

The Long Haul

Better yet, if you’ve known someone for that long, chances are you’re familiar with all their quirks and oddities — and you probably like them, since you decided to marry them anyway.

Food Is Love, Food Is Life

When someone knows exactly what you need and when you want it, then you’ve found yourself a keeper — especially if it’s in relation to food. After all, who isn’t overjoyed to learn that their loved one has supplied them with tasty goodies, right as they were craving them?

Food Is Love, Food Is Life

No one, that’s who. Maybe this is a small thing, but small things go a long way in showing who married their best friend and who didn’t.

Lost and Found

Wearing shirts that play off of each other is just a cute thing that couples do. But, it’s also a sign of a couple that really loves each other and knows how to make fun of their relationship while still cherishing it. Sure — it’s just a couple of shirts, but it’s proof nonetheless.

Lost and Found

The thing is, this would be pretty confusing to people that saw Jan first, and had no idea why she was identifying herself on the back of a shirt.

The Height of Romance

Some people like to think that real romance is all about spending lots of money on fancy things. However, the true height of romance is being able to really just enjoy yourself with your partner, doing things you really like. Pizza and a movie at home in pajamas? It doesn’t get much better than that.

The Height of Romance

You know you’ve made it when you can dedicate a day to just lazing around and doing nothing with your spouse, and both of you are happy about it.

All the Right Moves

Get a partner who will awaken you to the delightful smell of freshly cooked pizza. If you manage to do that, you’ve already won at life. After all, is there anyone in the world that would be displeased by this situation? Short of pineapple being on it, of course…

All the Right Moves

We’re just saying — if you married someone that wasn’t your best friend, the chances of them waking you up to pizza is pretty slim. Trust us, that’s a fact.

There’s Strength in Unity

Just imagine it — you and your partner, wearing the same types of clothes all the time. Sure, it sounds weird on the surface, but just think of the savings! You don’t have to buy a huge variety of clothes if you both wear the same thing. Also, it’ll get people to take pictures of you, like this.

There’s Strength in Unity

We imagine that shopping trips for this couple are pretty simple and straightforward. They just buy two of whatever they want, and call it a day.

Similar Interests Rule

Don’t marry someone who doesn’t care for any of the things you do — marry someone who is just as much of a nerd about the things you love as you are! The more invested they are in your interests, the better. This couple knew that before they ever got married, leading to these particular tattoos…

Similar Interests Rule

Being able to enjoy the same things is an important part of being able to enjoy spending time together. Never forget that irrefutable fact.

In it to Win It

Yeah, we know, this isn’t exactly a very unique situation — a couple meets when they’re really young, then live their lives up to adulthood and get married. But hey, whether or not it’s all that rare doesn’t affect how cute it is, and it’s definitely evidence of them being best friends, wouldn’t you say?

In it to Win It

Honestly, we’re kind of surprised how many couples first meet in middle school. Maybe it has something to do with all the hormones going on around during that time.

Matching in Fashion and Personality

As the person who posted this image said themselves, we can’t help but agree that only two really close friends could convince each other to match with fashion statements such as these. But hey, if you wear something with confidence, you can make almost anything work! Even pink slacks!

Matching in Fashion and Personality

It’s a little odd, but so what? Rock the look, if you both know you can do it. That’s what good friends and good partners do!

Making the Most of the Golden Years

As the picture says, staying fit is crucial as one gets up in years. It’s the best way to ensure that one stays healthy in the twilight years, but staying fit is generally not a particularly fun experience — unless you have someone at your side that makes it fun, like a best friend turned spouse.

Making the Most of the Golden Years

This is a lesson that this older couple clearly learned some time ago. No doubt, it’s much more fun staying in shape when you have someone you love doing it with you!

He’s a Skater Boy: Her, Not So Much

So, maybe you don’t have the right skills to go skateboarding with your hubby. But do you need to, when you can just ride around in a shopping cart instead? Some people would say no, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. After all, the girl looks like she’s enjoying herself just fine, and so does her man.

He’s a Skater Boy: Her, Not So Much

Besides, this way, if something does go wrong, she can blame any injuries on him. It’s the best of both worlds, right?

Two Peas in a Pod

Some people like to have their bathroom privacy, while others like to have their partner involved at the same time. Depends on what they’re doing, probably, and how comfortable they are with each other. This couple clearly has no problem doing the exact same thing right next to each other.

Two Peas in a Pod

Being comfortable with your partner to the extent that you can do almost anything next to each other is rarer than some may think, and definitely deserves to be appreciated.

Comfort Above All

If you can’t wear something comfortable around your significant other, did you really marry the right person? We believe that a husband and wife should be able to dress in whatever they darn well please without it being a problem between them. This couple has the right idea, which is probably why they’re happy.

Comfort Above All

Real relationship goals look like this. And we have to say, they are pretty adorable. Matching outfits usually helps with that.

The Right to Be Ridiculous

Good friends do silly things together. Best friends do ridiculous things together. Best friends who end up getting married are no different. You should be able to do ridiculous things and laugh at yourself with the person you love, rather than worrying about what anyone else thinks.

The Right to Be Ridiculous

These two have definitely adhered to this truth. And while they may look odd to everyone else, they’re likely having a ton of fun together.

Explanations Are Unnecessary

This gets said many times throughout this article, but that’s because it’s just a universal truth — people who are really close to each other often find themselves doing silly, ridiculous things for no real reason at all. This couple doesn’t even know what they’re doing, but they’re having a blast doing it.

Explanations Are Unnecessary

That’s the best thing about being in a committed relationship with your best friend — you don’t have to justify what you do! After all, they’ll probably just join you in doing it anyway!

Making the Years Count

It’s not about how many years you are together, it’s what you pack into those years. Of course, if you happen to have a lot of worthwhile years under your belt, well all the better, right? This couple clearly has had many years to enjoy, and enjoy them they have, best as we can tell.

Making the Years Count

Being this adorable of a couple when you hit old age is something every couple should strive for, in our opinion.

No Escape, No Desire To

Some may ask — is this really a sign of a best friend married couple? Well, look at it this way. If you didn’t really, really love the person in question, would you really want to be stuck next to them all day in such a fashion? Yeah, probably not.

No Escape, No Desire To

Best friends who get married don’t need breaks from each other like some other couples do, because they never get tired of one another.

Love Is an Adventure

You don’t go on adventures with people you don’t like. Even being married, some couples don’t really like spending time with each other that much. This couple, on the other hand, has a grand time while doing something as simple as biking around the city, just like all couples should.

Love Is an Adventure

We’re just saying, you don’t do this kind of thing with someone that you don’t really like spending time with. So, we feel that makes these two fairly close.

Making Your Own Fun

When you’re married to your best friend, making your own fun isn’t extremely hard to do. In fact, it almost comes naturally. This couple could easily get on their phones or watch TV or do anything else — which could still be fun, sure, but would it really stack up to what they’re doing here?

Making Your Own Fun

Well, we can’t say. But, according to them it wouldn’t, and who are we to say otherwise? When you make your own fun, it’s as enjoyable as you say it is!

Just for Fun

‘Just for fun’ is a perfectly valid excuse when you want to do something with your best friend. It’s also a perfectly valid excuse for best friends turned couples. Sure, as he states, the man could easily reach what the woman wants, but why do things so plainly? Where’s the fun in that?

Just for Fun

Be they friends or lovers, one doesn’t let the other do things in a way that’s no fun. Because, well, that’s just no fun.

World’s Cheapest Wedding Reception

Look, if your wife is OK with eating McDonald’s after getting married, you’re just super lucky. You have to be best friends, because we can’t imagine any other explanation for why that would be acceptable. Well, some people just really like McDonald’s, but let’s be real here.

World’s Cheapest Wedding Reception

On the other hand, they’re probably on to something in regards to how cheap the reception was, relatively speaking. Better than nothing, if one’s on a budget…

One Step at a Time

Yeah, alright, it would obviously be better if the couple was playing together, but hey — one step at a time. Having a partner that is at least willing to spend time with you as you enjoy something they don’t particularly care for is better than nothing. Besides, there’s always time to bring her to the light…

One Step at a Time

More importantly, though, what is with the angle this guy is playing at? Don’t give your woman bad ideas before she even gets started!

True Words of Wisdom

If you can’t splash bubbles in the face of your spouse without a grumpy reaction, are you really in love? This couple clearly thinks not, and we are inclined to agree with them. The ability to be silly with someone special is one of the key defining traits of a best friend relationship.

True Words of Wisdom

Quote us on this, we don’t mind. Maybe someone will think you’re very wise and know everything about happy relationships. We don’t need any credit for it.

Cute, But Risky

The whole hand-holding while driving thing is undeniably cute, and probably a sign of good friends in a relationship. Still, we have to say, you probably shouldn’t do it unless you’re at a red light. Just to be safe, you know.

Cute, But Risky

Really, for our own peace of mind and your personal safety, it’s important to keep your attention on the road. You can be a cute couple after you get wherever you’re going.

For a Good Cause

Yes, we know we’ve had a few of these already — old couples dressing in identical outfits and all that. But, come on, does it ever really get old? Besides, this time it’s a little different because the real cornerstone of their relationship isn’t their similar fashion sense, it’s their shared love of chicken.

For a Good Cause

Mark our words everyone, a relationship built on a mutual love of good food is already standing on very strong legs.

Ride or Die

We all know what this phrase means, but few people get to see it in action at this age. This couple clearly does, though, as made evident by how at home they appear to be on this bike. Chances are, they’ve been doing this type of thing for a long time.

Ride or Die

The addition of a cute dog naturally makes the whole thing better. Dogs make everything better, after all. Oh right, we’re supposed to be talking about the couple…

His Favorite Part of the Day

There’s really not much to say here. Or rather, not much we have to say to prove that this couple is made up of two best friends that have been together for a very long time. After all, there’s no other way to explain this level of dedication and cuteness.

His Favorite Part of the Day

Well, maybe he’s just a really great husband, but no one can really say they aren’t best friends, and we would certainly be surprised if they weren’t.

Always Up for Adventure

When you marry your best friend, you will always be up for an adventure with them, no matter how old you get. You can see this notion at work right here with this cute older couple. It’s pretty clear how they feel about each other, even in something as simple as shopping.

Always Up for Adventure

After all, no one likes to have fun with someone they aren’t actually friends with. Just ask anyone you know, or even yourself.

Some Things Never Change

If you’re truly best friends with the person you marry, there are some things about your relationship that will never change. Hopefully, going on regular dates is one of them. This couple, despite being in their later years, keeps doing exactly that, making it pretty clear that they are best friends.

Some Things Never Change

We hope that we can be the same as this couple in the future, because we’re certain that every day would be wonderful in such a relationship.

Signing Away Your Right to Complain

It’s an age-old conundrum — wife buys something she likes, husband complains about it, both get irritated. If you marry your best friend, though, you may not have to worry about things like that. Well, not as much, at any rate. Based on this picture, the husband has only agreed to this one time.

Signing Away Your Right to Complain

Either way, that’s better than the zero times a lot of other husbands stick to. Let your wives enjoy things, people! Everyone likes to buy things they want; it’s not gender exclusive.

Nothing Like Being Dragged Around by the Nostrils

From the looks of it, this couple really knows how to goof around. So often we see photos on the internet of couples traveling together hand-in-hand with the gal usually leading the way.

Nothing Like Being Dragged Around by the Nostrils

And while those are sort of cute, this shot here says so much more about this relationship — and how truly awesome it is. You won’t find many people that are willing to stick their fingers up their partner’s nose.

The Loser Cooks

Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to act like an adult 100% of the time. Take this couple, for instance. They both return home from a long day’s work but rather than plopping down on the couch to tirelessly watch television, they decide to have a nerf gun war.

The Loser Cooks

Does that not sound fun to you guys?! Because in all honesty, that’s the kind of relationship we want and we don’t settle for anything less…entertaining.

Wrong Coach, Right Husband

If ever there was a time to treat your significant other to some high-end fashion accessories, then their birthday would be it. This wife asked for her husband to treat to a bag designed by fashion label Coach.

Wrong Coach, Right Husband

It seemed like a simple request, and yet, the husband thought of an even better idea. He ended up getting Craig T. Nelson from the hit sitcom Coach printed on a simple bag. Thankfully, his wife saw the funny side of it.

Every Text Is Like the First

There is no denying that those who are late to the game of smartphones have a tough time keeping up to date with what the youth of today take as granted. One of those things is DMs, which many individuals like to slide into whoever they take a liking to.

Every Text Is Like the First

When this young lady stumbled across her mother’s phone and saw the message her dad sent, she simply had to screenshot it and share it with the world.

Keeping Our Love Clean

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that couples can bond over. While it might not be the most obvious common interest, hand sanitizers seem to be a key pillar of this couple’s relationship. So when this guy bought matching ones for him and his girlfriend, she was absolutely over the moon.

Keeping Our Love Clean

This is one smart boyfriend and knew exactly what his girlfriend would appreciate, especially in times like these, when keeping our hands clean and sanitized is an absolute necessity. This couple seemed to be well ahead of the game.

Kentucky Fried Love

How many boyfriends out there are willing to go out and keep their girlfriends company while they get themselves cared for and pampered? Not many. However, this guy takes things to the next level. While his girlfriend was busy at the salon getting her nails done, she hadn’t had lunch yet and was starving.

Kentucky Fried Love

So he went across the street, bought some chicken nuggets, and became the most awesome boyfriend ever! He even fed them to her during her session!

Puppy Love

Any couple who has a pet knows what it’s like. You use that beloved animal as a symbol of your own love. It’s perfectly normal to send each other photos of your dog or cat making different funny poses in order to convey the emotion you are feeling at that moment.

Puppy Love

However, this girlfriend decided to put this concept to a slightly different use. She used her dog to prank her boyfriend and that’s all fine and dandy too.

Love Is a Game

As previously established in this article, some girlfriends just can’t stand how often their boyfriends play video games and have to wait for hours on end until they can get their attention.

Love Is a Game

However, there are some girlfriends out there who follow this simple mantra: if you can’t beat them, try and beat them at their own game! Ultimately, this young lady fell in love with not just her boyfriend, but also the game console he plays 24/7.

Mom & Dad Putting Me to Shame

You know that you have relationship problems when you have no choice but to praise your parents for how tight they have been over the years.

Mom & Dad Putting Me to Shame

While this young lady can’t even get a reply from her boyfriend, she is in awe of her dad, who used to straighten her mother’s hair before they went out on dates. Talk about looking behind the curtain. This couple knows no limits to their love and their daughter wants what they have.

The Daily Ritual

When you have been with someone for more than 40 years, there are bound to be things that you do on a daily basis that get on the other person’s nerves. But what about those daily things you do that light up their day?

The Daily Ritual

How many people can say that they go out every day on their horses, pick some flowers, and return them for their wife? This person’s grandad is putting every other husband on the planet to shame!

My Makeover Dream Came True

After a long hard day at work, all you want to do is crash in your bed, maybe watch some Netflix for a couple of hours and then pass out.

My Makeover Dream Came True

However, you might not have any energy left to take care of your skin before you drift off to dreamland. That’s where the best boyfriend in the world comes into play. This guy is ready to take care of his girlfriend’s skincare.

The Ultimate Response

It’s perfectly fine and dandy to keep things spicy between you and your loved one throughout the day. But if you are planning on sending some suggestive photos to your significant other while they are at work, he better make sure that he opens that message in private and no one catches him.

The Ultimate Response

That’s what makes this photo so hilarious. This guy’s co-workers had no idea why he asked them to take a photo of him pretending to faint.

So Much Fun Indeed

What’s the point in getting married if you can’t hate on things with your significant other? After all, isn’t that what marriage is all about? Bonding over how much you hate (or love) something with your best friend?

So Much Fun Indeed

This couple is the epitome of that. Clearly not fans of attending any weddings that are not their own — judging by their unenthused facial expressions — these two found solace in the fact that they at least have each other.

A Little Slice of Heaven

Well, it’s clear that the person on the receiving end of this pizza hit the jackpot. Not only did they marry their best friend but they also get to spend their life with pretty much the coolest — and most generous — person ever.

A Little Slice of Heaven

Imagine coming home to this cheesy slice of heaven only to find a note inside the pizza box reminding you how much your partner loves you. Now, that is the ultimate dream.

The Ultimate Role Models

This Twitter post just further proves that if you marry your best friend, you’ll never having a boring day for the rest of your life — even after 20+ years. This guy has some pretty great role models to follow when it comes to love.

The Ultimate Role Models

After all, his father spent a half-hour rearranging the furniture in the living room just so he could record his wife making snow angels for her social media following. We don’t know about you but we’d say that’s true love.

Target > Uptown Whittier

Let’s be real, here. This couple is pretty freakin’ awesome. While most lovebirds get their photos taken somewhere romantic — or at the typically chosen spot of Uptown Whittier, according to this Twitter user — on their wedding day, these two decided to switch it up just a little.

Target > Uptown Whittier

From the looks of it, they’re totally meant for one another. They both knew what they wanted and went for it. And that’s why you should marry your best friend.

Pregnancy Photos

And here is yet more proof that you should not only marry your best friend but also choose to spend the rest of your life with someone who’s just as weird as you are. These two did just that.

Pregnancy Photos

In all honesty, from the looks of it, they couldn’t be any happier. Then again, that could be due to the burrito. Still, the fact that they chose to get these “pregnancy” photos done just goes to show that these lovebirds are absolutely perfect for each other.