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30 Most Iconic Royal Wedding Dresses In History

1. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan wore a simple and elegant wedding dress when she tied the knot with Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. This pure white dress was made of a double-bonded silk cady and featured a bateau neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. Her veil, which measured 5 feet in length, was embroidered with the flora of all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

According to Time, Markle's gown could have cost around anywhere between $250,000 and $400,000.


2. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco

When she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, Kelly wore a gown by MGM costumer Helen Rose. The gown used 25 yards of silk taffeta, as well as 100 yards of silk net. The $8,000 price tag would cost around $68,000 today.

Kelly's glamorous dress has inspired many famous brides over the years, including Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian (in her wedding to Kris Humphries), and Ivanka Trump.


3. Kate Middleton and Prince William

On April 29, 2011, the world's eyes were on Prince William and his blushing bride, Kate Middleton. Kate's long-sleeved lace dress, which reportedly cost $434,000, featured a satin bodice and a silk tulle skirt. Her bridal train measured just under 9 feet, and she wore the Queen's Cartier halo tiara.


4. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

The wedding gown was made of silk from China and featured long sleeves and a stunning veil. Its 15-foot train was inspired by Botticelli's painting of Primavera from 1482. In total, the gown took 350 women seven weeks to create.


5. Princess Diana and Prince Charles

On July 29th, 1981, nearly 750 million people tuned in to watch the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Diana's silk gown used hand-made Carrickmacross lace and featured 10,000 pearls and a 25-foot-long train. It's estimated that it cost about $115,000.


6. Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles

At her low-key wedding to Prince Charles in 2005, Camilla Parker Bowles wore a light-blue silk chiffon dress topped with a gold-embellished silk coat, both designed by Robinson Valentine. Rather than wearing a crown, Camilla opted for a striking gold leaf feather headdress, which was made by Philip Treacy.


7. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

Princess Anne married her first husband Captain Mark Phillips in a high-necked Tudor-style wedding gown with a dramatic trumpet and past-the-knee sleeves.


8. Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco

The princess opted for a custom wedding dress by Giorgio Armani with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a slim silhouette. Adorned with 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother-of-pearl teardrops, the dress took 2,500 hours to create.


9. Queen Soraya of Iran and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Soraya married King of Iran, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1951 at the Marble Palace in Tehran. Her custom Christian Dior gown was made of more than 65 feet of white silk with 20,000 feathers and 6,000 diamonds. It weighed around 66 pounds.


10. Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986. The bride wore an ivory duchesse satin and beaded wedding dress designed by British couturier Lindka Cierach. Adorably, an embroidered letter 'A' (standing for Andrew) was visible on the dress.


11. Mabel Wisse Smit and Prince Johan Friso

Mabel truly had a one-of-a-kind wedding dress. In total 248 handmade bows were sewn from small to large on the dress and train. If you've never seen it before, you really can't comprehend it at first glance. Take a closer look.


12. Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prince Carl Philip

Sofia's gown gave us major Kate Middleton vibes with its lace sleeves, A-line silhouette and open V-neck. It was made in not one, but three shades of white.


13. Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako, both looked formal and fabulous at their wedding at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on June 9, 1993. The bride wore a formal white gown, complete with a sparkling diamond tiara and necklace, long silk gloves and a matching handbag.


14. Princess Elisabetta Maria and Prince Amedeo of Belgium

Prince Amedeo of Belgium wed his Italian fiancee in 2014 in Rome. The bride wore a swiss-dot gown with an illusion neckline designed by Valentino and accessorized with a diamond tiara.


15. Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano and King Felipe VI of Spain

Veteran Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz designed the journalist-turned-queen's wedding gown, which featured an impressive train, fitted bodice and an unusual high necked collar.


16. Princess Martha Louise and Ari Beh

The bride married Norwegian author Ari Behn in 2002 wearing a two-piece outfit, which consisted of a Swarovski crystal-embellished coat and a 9-foot train. The design was inspired by the shape and color of the Martha lily.


17. Queen Rania of Jordan and Prince Abdullah

On her big day, Rania wore a luxurious white wedding dress with a voluminous skirt and gold-detailed trim, created by British designer Bruce Oldfield.


18. Sonja Haraldsen and Crown Prince Harald V of Norway

Sonja's gown has a simple structure, with a high round neckline, a bell-shaped skirt and three-quarter length bell sleeves to match.


19. Princess Anne Marie of Denmark and King Constantine II of Greece

When she wed the King Constantine of Greece in 1964, Princess Anne Marie wore a simple high-waist gown with a delicate lace skirt detail. The unique design of the transparent coat and the netting detail on her sleeves and at the bottom of her wedding dress were unique and very impressive.


20. Sophie Rhys-Jones and Prince Edward

At her wedding to Prince Edward in 1999, Sophie wore an elegant gown created by Samantha Shaw. The v-neck, hand-dyed silk organza and silk crepe were embellished with 325,000 pearls and crystal beads.


21. Dona Fabiola Of Spain And King Baudouin Of Belgium

Dona Fabiola Of Spain and King Baudouin Of Belgium married n December 15, 1960 in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. The wedding dress was designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga and featured a high neckline trimmed in ermine fur, three-quarter length sleeves with a drop waist and a full skirt.

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22. Princess Caroline Of Monaco And Philippe Junot

At her wedding on June 28, 1978 in Monaco, Princess Caroline wore a 70s-style dress designed by Marc Bohan. The dress featured translucent lace bell sleeves and a delicate skirt decorated with lace flowers.

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23. Queen Noor And King Hussain Of Jordan

When Queen Noor wed King Hussain Of Jordan in 1978, she wore a simple silk crêpe gown, featuring a high neckline with elegant gold detailing that drew attention to her bell sleeves.

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24. Lady Helen Of Windsor And Tim Taylor

Lady Helen of Windsor tied the knots with art dealer Tim Taylor on April 28, 1964 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The location of the wedding, specifically the arches, gives designer Catherine Walker the inspiration for the dress, as you can see from the unique wide neckline and short sleeves.

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25. Princess Mette-Marit Of Norway And Prince Haakon

On her big day, Princess Mette-Marit Of Norway wore a custom-dyed ecru silk crêpe which featured a 6-foot train and a nearly 20-foot veil.

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26. Princess Martha-Louise And Ari Behn Of Norway

Princess Martha-Louise married Ari Behn of Norway in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002. She opted for a two-piece gown consists of a Swarovski crystal-embellished coat with trumpet sleeves and a simple, sleeveless white silk crêpe underneath.

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27. Mary Donaldson Of Denmark And Crown Prince Frederik

Danish designer Uffe Frank designed Mary Donaldson’s dress which featured a scoop neckline, a slim-fit bodice and lily-like sleeves.

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28. Princess Victoria And Prince Daniel Of Sweden

When she wed Prince Daniel of Sweden in 2010, Princess Victoria wore a dress made of cream duchess silk satin with a detachable 16-foot train, a rounded collar, and minimal embellishments.

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29. Princess Madeleine And Christopher O’Neill Of Sweden

Princess Madeleine’s wedding gown was made from pleated silk organza with Chantilly lace and featured a wide neckline, short sleeves, a deep-cut back, and an emphasized waist.

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30. Princess Claire Of Luxembourg And Prince Felix

Princess Claire opted for a dress made from ivory-coloured silk on her big day. The gown was intricately embroidered with Chantilly lace floral designs, and silver thread.

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