So tomorrow is the big day for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they are due to marry at Windsor Castle!
I don’t know about you, but we are speculating what her special dress will be like so, we are using it as an excuse to look back at the Royal wedding dresses that have gone before her…
When British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell was asked to design the Queen’s bridal gown, his aim was to create “the most beautiful dress” he had ever made. Her Majesty, who was Princess Elizabeth at the time, wore the ivory silk masterpiece that was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls. It incorporated a 15 foot star-patterned train, woven in Braintree in Essex and inspired by the famous Renaissance painting of Primavera by Botticelli, symbolising rebirth and growth after the war. The Princess had collected clothing coupons to pay for the dress as Britain was still subject to rationing at the time of her November 1947 wedding.
The most famous of all obviously being Princess Diana’s dress, created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, for her wedding to Prince Charles on 29th July 1981. The ballgown was literally fit for a princess, with layers upon layers of silk taffeta, puffy sleeves and 25-foot-train. It may not have been to everyone’s taste but the fact we are still talking about it today makes it rather iconic right?
Estimated at a whopping £250k, it was designed by Alexander McQueen creative fashion director Sarah Burton. The 50s style dress was made with satin gazar, lace and organza, it was nipped in at the waist and featured a full skirt. It had a relatively short train and was the perfect fit for the elegant decor of Westminster Abbey.
Camilla Parker Bowles
The Duchess of Cornwall wore an elegant white coat and matching scalloped-edged dress by Robinson Valentine for her civil ceremony to Prince Charles in April 2005, when the pair married at Windsor’s Guildhall. She is the only royal to have recycled her wedding dress as she stepped out in the same outfit as she attended the opening of the National Assembly of Wales.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones were married in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Saturday 19 June, 1999. For her wedding to the Queen’s youngest son, the former PR wore a simple ivory silk and organza dress-coat created by Samantha Shaw, featuring 325,000 crystals and pearls fastened along the neck, full-length sleeves and train. She also wore a cathedral-length veil, sprinkled with more crystals, and a diamond tiara from the Queen’s private collection.
For her wedding to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden at Stockholm’s royal chapel, Sofia wore this beautiful gown which was made from silk crepe overlaid with Italian silk organza to tie the knot with her Swedish prince. The gown was created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt and it featured intricate couture lace made by José María Ruiz and a beautiful train that was hand-cut and then hand-stitched in Stockholm. The dress was made with three shades of white!
Queen Letizia Ortiz of Spain
Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano married Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe in a Roman Catholic ceremony on 22 May, 2004. The former journalist chose a wedding gown by veteran Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz to wear to her nuptials, featuring an impressive train, fitted bodice and an unusual high collar.
Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson wore a dress made from ivory duchesse satin and featuring heavy beading for her wedding to Prince Andrew, Duke of York on 23 July, 1986, at Westminster Abbey. The wedding dress, which she designed herself, featured a long train, fitted bodice, and a scooped neckline. Adorably, an embroidered letter ‘A’ was also visible on the dress.
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