Royal weddings always cause a great amount of anticipation and excitement. There’s never a budget, the venue’s are (usually) huge and the dresses fabulous.
Over the past century a range of royal weddings wowed us, most notably that of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of London in a bid to get a glimpse of the happy couple who got married in St. Paul’s cathedral in front of 3,500 guests. Diana wore a gorgeous dress made from ivory silk with an 8 meter long veil, which cost £9000 and was designed by Emmanuel.
However, Prince Charles’ second wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles was completely different. The pair married in a civil ceremony in April, 2005 at Guildhall, Windsor and the day was a relatively low-key affair. To say her vows and for the reception, Camilla wore a dress by Robinson Valentine and a hat by Phillip Treacy.
Not to be outdone by his brother Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson on 23rd July 1986 in a formal ceremony at Westminister Abbey. Fergie wore an ivory duchess satin dress with a 17-foot train and the groom wore the ceremonial day dress of a naval lieutenant.
After a wedding party for 300 people at Claridge’s in London, the couple set off for their honeymoon in The Azores
And who could forget the wedding between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. Although many of us weren’t alive when the pair married on November 20th, 1947 in Westminister Abbey, the details are clear in our minds. The Queen wore a richly-embroidered white satin gown, with garlands of pearl orange blossom, syringa, jasmine and White Rose of York spaced throughout the fabric.
And the royal festivities continued with the Queen and Prince Phillip’s third son, Edward who married Sophie Rhys-Jones on 19th June, 1999 in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Sophie wore a long-sleeved silk organza gown by designer, Samantha Shaw, which was encrusted with 325,000 cut glass and pearl beads on the sleeves, neck and train.
More recently crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and personal trainer Daniel Westling married in June this year at a £1.7m ceremony in Stockholm. Victoria wore a classic off-the-shoulder wedding dress designed by Par Engsheden, which gave a nod to the 40s trend.
And finally who can forget the wedding of Grace Kelly who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in April 1956. The pair had two ceremonies – one religious and one civil – with some 600 guests watching them exchange their vows. Grace’s frock is said to have taken six weeks to complete after being worked on by 36 different seamstresses and was designed by MGM costume designer, Helen Rose.
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