The most iconic royal wedding dresses

It’s time to get your bunting and paper party plates out… Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed on 19th May 2018.

In the run up to a royal wedding, there’s often a buzz around what the bride will be wearing – and it’s easy to see why. For decades, royal wedding gowns have set trends and captured a moment in time. Below you’ll find some of the most recognisable and iconic wedding dresses in history.

Princess Elizabeth (1947)

Then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey, just two years after the end of WWII. By today’s standards, Queen Elizabeth’s dress was a last-minute creation, being approved just three months before the wedding!

The Norman Hartnell long-sleeve dress was made from ivory silk and embroidered with 10,000 seed pearls. It also featured a neckline with lace and flowers, tailored bodice, and 13-foot train. According to the Royal Collection Trust, the dress symbolised ‘rebirth and growth’ in Britain after the war.

Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco (1956)

Hollywood actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in Monaco on April 18, 1956. Princess Grace wowed the world with her fairytale frock that featured a high neckline, embroidered pearls and an antique Brussels lace bodice. The stunning dress was designed by Helen Rose, an Academy Award-winning costume designer and was a gift to the actress from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It’s reported that it took thirty seamstresses and six weeks to make.

Today, the dress is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and goes on display from time to time.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1981)

On July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Prince Charles of Wales married Lady Diana. Her wedding dress was deemed the ‘most closely guarded secret in fashion history’ and remained a secret until the big day when she stepped out of Clarence House.

The beautiful gown was created by husband-and-wife design duo, David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Their elaborate design embodied 10,000 pearls and had a 25-foot-long train.

Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge (2011)

The dress worn by Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is one of the most iconic looks of all time. But we’d expect nothing less from the always impeccably-dressed royal.

Kate chose an Alexander McQueen gown for her wedding day, designed by English-born Sarah Burton. The dress featured a Victorian style corset, long sleeves and a delicate lace flower collar, which beautifully complemented her slender figure. It is said that the designer took inspiration from Princess Grace Kelly’s dress, and today Kate’s look continues to influence brides around the world.

Source: Marie Claire Fashion News

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