What’s a birthday party or a dress-up game without a crown? The most essential part of any king/queen/prince/princess costume is the headgear. It’s amazing how much a fancy hat can mean: for a monarch, the wearing of a crown represents dignity, honor, victory, immortality – and more.
Crowns come in all shapes and styles: some are more like caps, some are like helmets, others look more like a tiara (also known as a diadem, for those who read the last Harry Potter book) or wreath. It all depends on where it comes from.
Royalty (and nobility) have been wearing crowns since ancient times. Egyptian pharaohs weren’t allowed to let commoners see their hair, so they wore a variety of elaborate ceremonial headgear, depending on what they were doing: you’d probably recognize the red-and-white (more…)