With the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looming, we take a look back at some of the most stunning royal wedding dresses and the women who wore them, but before that here’s a video of the most expensive celebrity wedding gowns of all time:
1. Duchess Catherine of Cambridge
Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen dress during her wedding to Prince William, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The team reportedly washed their hands every 30 minutes while embroidering the dress, that’s how much work was put into this thing.
2. Princess Caroline of Monaco
Princess Caroline (daughter of Grace Kelly) took a page from her mum’s book and totally hit it out of the park with her wedding dress. The bride wore a lovely 70s-era dress with a floral crown decorating her head.
3. Princess Claire of Luxembourg
Princess Claire of Luxembourg was picture-perfect in a stunning wedding gown by Elie Saab as she walked the aisle on her wedding day. The stunning embroidered dress with Chantilly lace flowers that came decked out with a 10-foot-long train. Also, shoutout to that tiara.
4. Diana, Princess of Wales
Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress was designed by virtually unknown British designers David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. The hand-embroidered wedding gown had a full skirt over a multi-layered, tulle petticoat, with bodice panels and had more than 10,000 tiny mother-of-pearl sequins and pearls. It also had an eight metre silk train – the longest in royal history.
5. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, wore a stunning white silk organza gown with a satin-bound silk tulle veil on her wedding day in 1960. The beautifully simple dress had not one stitch of embroidery.
6. Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
Princess Marie-Chantal asked Valentino to make her a pearl-encrusted silk wedding gown, which reportedly had a stunning 4.5 meter Chantilly lace train. Hardly a shock that it cost $225,000 and was crafted by twenty-five people, right?
7. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
Queen Máxima’s Valentino couture gown was made of ivory Mikado silk with lace detail and featured an train inset with delicate embroidered flowers. Her diamond star tiara was made especially for the royal wedding in 2002.
8. Princess Sofia of Sweden
Former reality TV star Sofia Hellqvist married Prince Carl Philip in a Ida Sjöstedt dress that was decorated with handmade lace from Jose Maria Ruiz. She paired the gown with a tiara gifted to her by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
9. Princess Victoria of Sweden
Princess Victoria’s dress was made from cream-coloured duchess silk satin and her shoes were made in the same fabric. The sophisticated short-sleeved gown had a turned-out collar, which followed the rounded neckline. The back of the dress was V-shaped with covered buttons and had a five metre long train.
10. Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II’s 1947 wedding was the first royal celebration after World War II. In order to make her dress she famously collected ration cards in order to get the materials. Her stunning dress, which was made by dressmaker Norman Hartnell, was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with around 10,000 white pearls imported from the US, silver thread and tulle embroidery.
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(Text by bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting by Natalya Molok)