Some of the most iconic royal wedding gowns of all time
People remember only the gowns Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie worn in 2018 on their weddings, but it is a lot to reveal, when it comes to the dresses royals have worn on their special day. When it comes to royal weddings, everyone expects to see over-the-top gowns, because they have finances to buy expensive dresses, and designers worldwide would die to dress them. If some of the royals from the below top worn dresses made from yards of handcrafted lace, embellished with diamonds and pearls, others have decided to opt for simple dresses. Some dresses were a smashing success when they were worn, they have not resisted the test of time, and nowadays they are criticised and dated.
Here are some of the most iconic dresses royals worn on their special day.
Princess Salwa Age Khan
We decided to start with something different. Princess Salwa Age Khan was born Kendra Spears, and she was a supermodel, but she decided to change her name when she married Rahim Aha Khan, the eldest son of the Aha Khan IV, the Imim of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim world. The couple decided to have a traditional Muslim ceremony and this is one of the main reasons, why the bride decided to wear a sari. The dress was not white, but ivory and gold and she decided to wear elegant jewellery and a pair of sandals.
She is the source of inspiration for the brides who want to bring a bohemian aesthetic in their weddings.
Princess Stéphanie de Lannoy
Princess Stéphanie de Lannoy married the Hereditary Grand Duke and Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg in 2012. Her gown made history, because she decided to wear an Elie Saab gown with a 14-foot train, and more than 50,000 hand-sewn pearls. The dress featured silver embroidery, ¾ length sleeves and a silk tulle veil. The dress required around 4,000 hours of work, but the effort was totally worth because the princess looked fantastic on her wedding day. She decided to opt for an ivory dress instead of a white one, because she is fair-skinned, and a brighter shade would have washed her out.
People worldwide still remember her look, because it allowed her to shine on one of the most important days in her life.
Princess Grace of Monaco
There are multiple similarities between Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle, and people cannot stop comparing these two lovely ladies. Grace Kelly decided to retire from her Hollywood career at the age of 26, when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. She did it in the most expensive dress Helen Rose ever created. The gown was made from 300 yards of lace, 100 yards of silk net, and 25 yards of taffeta. It had a simple and elegant high neck, and long sleeves, a trend she set for the upcoming royal brides. Her dress is considered timeless and it served as inspiration for Miranda Kerr and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Catherine Middleton Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine’s dress is one of the most beloved looks of all time. It was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and it set a new trend for bridal gowns. Her gown had long sleeves, a V-neck, nipped in waist, a 9-foot train, and it was embellished with lace. In order for the gown to maintain its shinny white, the dressmakers had to wash their hands every 30 minutes, to avoid staining the fabric. She was allowed to wear a Cartier tiara, which she accessorised with a short veil. Queen Elisabeth herself was the one who offered Catherine this tiara to wear it on her wedding day. Her dress is considered both modern and traditional.
The Duchess of Cambridge decided to opt for simple jewelleries. When it comes to flowers, she had a simple and small bouquet, accessorised with floristry ribbon for an elegant touch.
Princess Letizia Ortiz of Spain
Letizia Ortiz has decided to opt for a modern gown, she worn a collared gown designed by Manuel Pertrgaz. However, this does not mean that she did not looked like a royal, her dress hasd a 14-foot train and she accessorised the outfit with a diamond tiara and a silk veil. The tiara was the same one, the mother of Prince Felipe worn on her wedding day.
Princess Claire Lademacher of Luxembourg
Princess Claire Lademacher is another royal who decided to wear an Elie Saab gown on her wedding day. She opted for a gown that featured Chantilly lace flowers all over, and it reflected her good taste in fashion. She accessorised the long veil with a simple but breath-taking tiara. In addition, we should not forget to mention that the dress had a 10-foot long train.
Princess Sofia Hellqvist of Sweden
Sofia Hellqvist was a reality TV start before she married Prince Carl Philip. She did it in style, wearing an Ida Sjöstedt dress embellished with handmade lace. She paired the gown with a beautiful tiara offered by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
Duchess Meghan Markle of Sussex
Meghan Markle is now a duchess, but before her marrying Prince Harry, she was an American TV actress. She will be part of the UK’s history, because she is the first Afro-American woman to wed in the royal family. She opted for a simple and elegant wedding dress, and yes, it was white, even if she is a divorced woman. Claire Waight Keller designed the dress, and it had three-quarter sleeves, a bateau neckline, and it was accessorised with a 16.5-foot hand embroidered silk tulle.
Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie wanted her dress to reveal her scar on the back, because she suffered a surgery to correct her scoliosis when she was a child. Her wedding gown was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, and the bride had an active part in creating it. She made sure the gown to include multiple symbols important for her. In order to create the intricate models on her dress, an intricate weaving technique was used to mix multiple fabrics, like cotton, silk and viscose.