Chloe Savage, an embroiderer who worked on Kate Middleton's and Meghan Markle's wedding dresses, says their styles echoed how different they are.
A resurfaced photo from Meghan Markle's 2011 wedding day - five months after Kate Middleton's royal nuptials - shows her dress had a similar detail.
Chloe Savage, who helped design Meghan Markle's wedding gown, told Insider that Markle likely had a backup dress as well.
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Royal weddings are usually a very public affair (1.9billion people watched Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot on TV in 2018, although Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi made history when they married in private on 17 July) but, either way, it turns out there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes that we aren’t aware of. Here’s everything you didn’t know about these special wedding days... SEE: 12 hilarious royal wedding moments caught on camera 1. Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were the first royals to marry in secret in over 200 years WATCH: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi marry in secret They kept all details private until after the ceremony. 2. Princess Beatrice's wedding outfit paid homage to her full name She wore one of Queen Elizabeth's vintage Norman Hartnell dresses and accessorised with Queen Mary's diamond fringe tiara, forming her complete name: Beatrice Elizabeth Mary. MORE: 7 most expensive royal wedding dresses in order of price 3. Princess Beatrice broke tradition with her wedding band Almost all royal brides over the last century wore gold wedding bands, while Beatrice opted for a silver design. 4. Queen Victoria set the white wedding dress trend Queen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 When Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert in 1840, she wore a white satin design and inspired millions of others to do the same. 5. Princess Diana said the wrong name during her vows Wedding day nerves got the better of Diana when she mistakenly said Philip and Charles in the wrong order and vowed to love ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’. RELATED: 3 videos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding that never saw the light of day Then Princess Elizabeth paid for her wedding dress with ration coupons 6. Queen Elizabeth used ration coupons to buy her dress The then-Princess Elizabeth used clothing ration coupons to buy her wedding dress fabric from Norman Hartnell to wear on her big day with the Duke of Edinburgh. She was granted an extra 200 coupons from the government. 7. Every royal wedding serves fruitcake Every British royal wedding since Queen Victoria’s 1840 ceremony has served fruitcake. Why? It’s a symbol of wealth and prosperity, while the variety of ingredients is said to represent the vastness of the British empire. REVEALED: 9 fascinating rules royal brides must follow Princess Diana married the Prince of Wales in 1981 8. Princess Diana spilled perfume on her gown Instead of spraying it on her wrists, Diana reportedly spilled perfume all over gown en route to the ceremony. Apparently, her make-up artist showed her how to hold the dress to cover up the stain. SEE: 19 memorable royal weddings from the past decade 9. Every royal bride has a sprig of myrtle in their bouquet Queen Victoria carried myrtle – the herb of love – in her wedding bouquet and went on to plant a shrub in her garden at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight afterwards. Every royal bride since has carried a sprig from her shrub in their wedding bouquet. Princess Diana's wedding shoes paid tribute to her husband-to-be with his initial on the sole 10. Princess Diana’s wedding shoes had a hidden message Besides being covered in 542 sequins and 132 pearls, Diana’s heels had the initials C and D for Charles and Diana, painted on the soles of her wedding shoes. The Duchess of Cambridge did her own wedding make-up 11. The Duchess of Cambridge did her own make up Kate had lessons from make-up artist Arabella Preston but opted to do it herself on the big day. SEE: Royal bridal beauty secrets revealed Princess Diana had the longest wedding dress train of all royal brides 12. Princess Diana had the longest train in royal history It was 25 feet long. 13. Queen Elizabeth’s tiara snapped on her wedding day The court jeweler was rushed by police escort to repair it before the bride left for Westminster Abbey. 14. They receive thousands of gifts Elizabeth and Philip received 2,500 wedding presents and 10,000 congratulatory telegrams. The Duchess of Cambridge now wears Princess Diana's former engagement ring 15. Diana’s engagement ring was not custom-made The iconic £28,000 sapphire and diamond design was not custom-made; Diana picked it out of a Garrarrd’s catalogue. The ring is now worn by her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. REVEALED: Kate Middleton wasn’t supposed to have Princess Diana’s engagement ring 16. They cater to potential wardrobe malfunctions too William and Harry wore built-in sweat guards during William and Kate’s wedding, so that they didn’t sweat under the bright television lights in the cathedral. 17. Queen Elizabeth's royal wedding cake was 3ft taller than Prince Philip As wedding cakes go, theirs was a rather impressive creation and it stood at a whopping height of 9ft tall! 18. Not everyone follows tradition William doesn’t wear a wedding ring, but his father does. 19. The family doesn’t always exchange traditional wedding gifts Kate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton, gave his sister and brother-in-law their cocker spaniel, Lupo, as a wedding present. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018 20. Meghan Markle was the oldest royal bride She was 36 on her big day. 21. Queen Elizabeth's wedding ring has a very secret message In the book Prince Philip Revealed, author Ingrid Seward divulges that Prince Philip had a secret message inscribed inside the Queen's wedding band, a message that only three people have ever seen. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
There's nothing we love more than a reminder that the royal family are just like us. Even at royal weddings, our favourite Princes, Princesses, Queens and Kings all have slip-ups. Take a look… SEE: 7 most expensive royal wedding dresses in order of price WATCH: Look back at the highlights from Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding 1. Princess Charlotte sticks her tongue out When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle in 2018, Princess Charlotte was caught sticking her tongue out in the car. She behaved impeccably throughout the service, but every three-year-old has their moments. MORE: Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's epic £11.2million house 2. Princess Charlotte strikes a pose Princess Charlotte was also seen striking a pose with her leg up at the wedding. We only wish Kate had joined her. 3. The Queen enjoys herself Taken out of context, the Queen looked decidedly bored at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Of course, we're sure she wasn't. SEE: 3 videos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding that never saw the light of day 4. Prince William and Kate Middleton's bridesmaid shows her disdain When Prince William and Kate Middleton kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding on 29 April 2011, bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem was seen covering her ears. Like, was all the clapping really necessary? SEE: Prince William and Kate Middleton's incredible country home revealed: see inside Anmer Hall 5. Prince Harry pulls a face Prince Harry seemed to be keeping his grandmother the Queen entertained with some interesting facial expressions during the wedding of his father Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Either that, or he wasn't keen on the canapes. SEE: Prince Charles and Camilla's royal wedding in photos 6. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston's bridesmaids show their boredom The bridesmaids of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston had had quite enough following the ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. They just needed a moment. SEE: The most adorable royal bridesmaids and page boys of all time 7. Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's page boy struggles with his hat A page boy at Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, Duke of York's wedding in 1986 seemed to be struggling with how to wear his hat. Or maybe he fancied a game of peekaboo as Sarah walked down the aisle. 8. Prince William and Kate Middleton's page boy left in the dark You know when you laugh at your own jokes that no-one else finds funny? Looks like that's what happened to this page boy at Kate Middleton and Prince William's big day. 9. Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon and Letizia Ortiz's page boy takes a break As Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon and his bride Letizia Ortiz prepared to say 'I do' in 2004, a page boy found the perfect spot to watch on: lying on the altar next to Queen Sofia. The look of joy says it all. 10. Meghan Markle gets the giggles Meghan and Harry shared an inside joke on their wedding day, and apparently Meghan couldn’t quite control herself. Everything is funnier when you're not allowed to laugh, right? 11. Sarah Ferguson gets excited Sarah Ferguson's faces as she arrived at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding quickly became a meme sensation. We're not entirely sure what she's pointing at here, but the expression gets us every time. 12. Sophie Wessex styles out her laughter Sophie Wessex couldn't quite keep a straight face when Kate's dress had a moment at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. She styled it out well with a look of concern. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed a nine-foot tall wedding cake when they tied the knot in 1947, but several slices later travelled the world! PHOTOS: 15 show-stopping royal wedding cakes you have to see Made by McVitie and Price from ingredients received from the Australian Girl Guides, the royal couple's grand cake weighed 500 pounds and featured four tiers. One layer was kept until the christening of Prince Charles and another was sent back to Australia by way of thanks. Now, it has been revealed that another slice was also sent to Nigeria. UK-based charity Lepra shared a tweet that read: "Did you know that The Queen helped sponsor children affected by leprosy through Lepra’s child adoption programme? The Queen adopted one such girl named Budesta in 1956, thus ensuring she could continue her education and live a life of hope and freedom!" WATCH: Most incredible royal wedding cakes through the years Her Majesty's official Twitter account, The Royal Family, retweeted the message and added: "The Queen also sent a slice of wedding cake to the Girl Guides at the Itu leprosy settlement in Nigeria in 1947, as a gesture after her wedding to The Duke of Edinburgh!" READ: 20 most popular pie recipes – including the Queen and Prince William's favourites RELATED: The Queen eats this surprising breakfast dish – and it's a wartime favourite Royal fans were quick to comment, with one writing: "I love the royal family," while a second simply added: "Wow!" The royals' wedding cake weighed 500 pounds and featured four tiers The wedding cake, which was a centerpiece at the wedding party held at Buckingham Palace, consisted of a fruit cake made with dried fruit from Australia and preserved with rum and brandy from South Africa, earning it the nickname of "the 10,000-mile wedding cake". A slice of the Queen and Prince Philip's cake was sent to Nigeria The Queen and Prince Philp were not the only royal couple to choose a fruit wedding cake; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston, and Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit also opted for the traditional flavour. Kate and William actually had two cakes made for their 2011 nuptials – the first was a magnificent eight-tiered iced fruit cake featuring the "language of flowers" made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns, and the second was a childhood favourite of William's, an unbaked chocolate biscuit cake made by McVities. SHOP: Our favourite chocolate hampers to buy in time for Valentine's Day
Royal wedding embroiderer says she doesn’t think Duchess of Sussex 'was prepared for the things she could and couldn't do, say, and wear’
"Kate had plenty of time to adapt and adjust to it. They gave her time, whereas Meghan sort of dived in headfirst." Chloe Savage said.
Biden's decision to wear a dress adorned with flowers from every US state may have been inspired by the duchess' wedding veil.
Chloe Savage, who worked on Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's wedding gowns, told Insider that Princess Diana's iconic dress needed to be pressed.
The royal family spares no expense on wedding dresses for their brides-to-be, but we hadn't quite fathomed exactly how much. According to Brides, the average couple designates approximately 10% of their wedding budget to the bridal gown, but the royals are a very big exception. Here are the most expensive royal wedding dresses in order of price, from Kate Middleton to Meghan Markle. SEE: 12 hilarious royal wedding moments caught on camera WATCH: The most iconic royal wedding dress unveilings of all time 7. The Queen Though Queen Elizabeth's £30,000 wedding dress comes in at the bottom of the charts, it was certainly a jaw-dropping amount to spend when she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, at a time when the world had barely begun to recover from the war and clothing was still rationed (the Queen even collected coupons to pay for her dress). SEE: Inside the Queen and Prince Philip's jaw-dropping London home It was created by Norman Hartnell using Chinese silk, and shaped with a high neckline, tailored bodice and a 15-foot long train. Pearl and diamante-encrusted star flowers, roses, jasmine blossoms and wheat adorned the bodice and the skirt. 6. Sarah Ferguson Sarah Ferguson opted for a dress made from ivory duchesse satin for her wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986, believed to have cost £35,000. Lindka Cierach created the style, with precise beadwork incorporating various symbols including anchors and waves representing Prince Andrew's sailing background. MORE: Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's home is truly incredible Her 17-foot long train was embroidered with the initials A and S in silver beads. Sarah spoke out about her dress in her 1997 memoir My Story, describing it as, "an exquisite creation I'd lost twenty-six pounds to fit into. Lindka was a genius; I knew she could make the most flattering gown ever, and she had. It was amazingly boned, like a corset." 5. Meghan Markle Meghan Markle's wedding dress is estimated to have cost £110,000, and the Duchess of Sussex paid for it herself. The timeless gown was the handiwork of Clare Waight Keller, of Parisian fashion house Givenchy, and the level of intricacy is surely reflective of its price. The fashion house spent 3,900 hours embroidering Meghan's 16-feet long veil with the national flowers of each of the 53 commonwealth countries including real crops of wheat, while the dress was created using double-bonded silk cady cushioned by an underskirt of triple silk organza. SEE: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding 4. Princess Diana Princess Diana's wedding dress for her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 was valued at £151,000 in 2019. Welsh designer David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth made the design from ivory silk and embellished with pearls, sequins and antique lace. It was topped off with a 25-foot train – the longest in royal history. MORE: 3 stunning wedding videos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles' big day 3. Princess Eugenie When Princess Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in 2018, she wore a £200,000 design by British designer Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos. She worked closely with the duo to create a number of meaningful motifs including a Thistle for Scotland as a reference to the couple's love for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the bride's heritage and the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home. She also opted for a shape that would display a scar she had from scoliosis surgery on her back. WATCH: Princess Eugenie's wedding dress goes on display 2. Kate Middleton In at number two, Kate Middleton's wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William in 2011 cost her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton (who footed the bill), £250,000. It was made in collaboration with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, with a Victorian bodice, a train stretching almost nine-feet long with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons on the back and rouleau loops, and handmade lace created by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. SEE: The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress-maker discusses creating the gown 1. Queen Letizia of Spain Queen Letizia of Spain tops the charts with a £6million wedding dress that she wore to her wedding with King Felipe in 2004. It was designed by royal couturier Manuel Pertegaz, featuring a four and a half metre-long train, long sleeves, a high-standing collar and embroidery woven into the silk using gold thread. (Real, of course.) She accessorised with a diamond tiara, gifted to her from her mother-in-law Queen Sofia after she wore it on her own wedding day to King Juan Carlos in 1962. SEE: Photos from Queen Letizia and King Felipe's wedding as it happened Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Official royal wedding photos are a rite of passage, but there are also pictures of the moments that the royal family would rather keep private. The moments where, just like us, they try to calm their nerves before walking down the aisle, where the bride reveals her dress for the first time, or where the newlywed couple stop to take a minute and embrace the occasion. Here, we've hunted them down to bring you the most beautiful shots, from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's inside preparations, to Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding rehearsal.SEE: 11 hilarious royal wedding moments caught on camera 1\. Meghan Markle and Prince HarryWATCH: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share behind-the-scenes wedding photosWhen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated their first wedding anniversary on 19 May 2019, Sussex Royal shared a compilation of photos in a video. The couple are seen signing their marriage license, Harry heads down the stairs once he is ready to head off to the venue, and Meghan shares an intimate moment with her mother Doria Ragland. MORE: All the official photographs from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding dayRELATED: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit UK home for first time after move 2\. Princess Diana and Prince CharlesPrincess Diana married Prince Charles at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981, before heading to Buckingham Palace for the wedding reception. Diana was photographed behind-the-scenes as she reassured her five-year-old bridesmaid Clementine Hambro not to be nervous, with the Queen standing close by.SEE: 3 videos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding that never saw the light of day 3\. Princess Diana and Prince CharlesPrincess Diana and Prince Charles after their wedding rehearsalPhotos were also taken at Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding rehearsal on 27 July 1981. Here, Princess Diana and Charles are seen leaving St Paul's Cathedral with Prince Andrew following the couple outside. 4\. Kate Middleton and Prince WilliamKate Middleton and Prince Harry after Kate and Prince William's wedding rehearsalKate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, and the couple attended a private rehearsal a day ahead of the ceremony. Naturally, Kate looked radiant as ever as she was photographed outside with Prince Harry. 5\. Princess Eugenie and Jack BrooksbankOn Father's Day 2019, Princess Eugenie paid tribute to her father, Prince Andrew, with a behind-the-scenes photo from her wedding day. It shows the moment Prince Andrew saw Princess Eugenie in her wedding dress, before he walked her down the aisle at St James's Palace to her now husband Jack Brooksbank. 6\. Zara Phillips and Mike TindallZara Phillips and Mike Tindall at their wedding rehearsalZara Phillips and Mike Tindall married at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on 30 July 2011. They, too, attended a rehearsal a day prior to the ceremony, and were photographed leaving the venue looking very excited. 7\. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince DanielThe Swedish royal family recently released a series of wedding photos from Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's nuptials on their tenth anniversary. The collection included one behind-the-scenes shot of the couple embracing behind the doors to their reception, before entering and joining guests. 8\. Prince Carl Philip and Princess SofiaPrince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden released ten behind-the-scenes images of their wedding day at Stockholm's Royal Chapel to mark their fifth anniversary on 13 June 2020. The beautiful series included Carl Philip getting ready and Sofia taking a selfie with her father. 9\. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas KingstonWhen Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on 18 May 2019, Gabriella's cousin shared a collection of inside photos from the day on social media. This included a snap of Gabriella cutting the cake.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
All eyes were on Duchess of Sussex's huge diamond ring when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement back in November 2017. But back in June 2019, a year and a half after we first saw the ring, it became clear that Meghan had redesigned her gorgeous sparkler, which features two of the late Princess Diana's diamonds. WATCH: Prince Harry and Meghan's son Archie makes surprise podcast appearanceDuring her post-baby appearance at Trooping the Colour, eagle-eyed fans noticed at the time that the iconic ring's gold band had been replaced by a delicate diamond-studded band.READ: Prince Harry and Meghan's son Archie has the cutest American accent - hear his voiceThe before and after pictures of Meghan's engagement ringThe original band was made of gold and the ring was created by Cleave and Company, Court Jewelers and Medalists to Her Majesty the Queen. The trilogy ring boasts a large central diamond flanked on either side by two smaller jewels. The stones were specially selected by the Prince; the central diamond is from Botswana, where the couple previously vacationed together, and the other two diamonds are from his late mother's personal collection.MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recall emotional wedding memory in first podcast"The ring is obviously yellow gold because that's [Meghan's] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection, to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," Harry said during the couple's first sit-down interview with the BBC, hours after they announced their engagement. It is not known when the Duchess of Sussex made the change, but it is thought it happened during the time she was pictured without it - many fans had thought she was not wearing it because of swelling due to pregnancy.The original band was made of goldAt Trooping the Colour last year, royal watchers spotted a third addition to the wedding and engagement ring. HELLO! confirmed in honour of their first wedding anniversary on 19 May, Prince Harry gifted his wife with a stunning new eternity ring. Meghan wore her sparkling accessory next to her Welsh gold wedding band and her three-stone diamond engagement ring.MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Christmas card isn't all it seems – DETAILSFans spotted Meghan's new engagement ring band and eternity ringEternity rings symbolize everlasting love and are usually given by a spouse to their wife to commemorate a milestone wedding anniversary or to celebrate the welcoming of a new child. The ring is also typically covered in diamonds in an infinite loop around the band.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Whether we're preparing to say 'I do' (post-coronavirus) or not, there's nothing we love more than a look back at some of the most magical royal wedding dresses in history. Princess Beatrice is the latest British royal to have walked down the aisle, while her sister Princess Eugenie, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Meghan Markle have all stunned with their gowns in the last couple of years. Take a look back at the best of the best, from the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Diana...SEE: 9 behind-the-scenes royal wedding photos revealedMORE: 11 hilarious royal wedding moments caught on cameraWATCH: The most iconic royal wedding dresses of all time 1\. Princess Beatrice's wedding dress Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wearing a vintage gown designed by Norman Hartnell which was loaned to her from the Queen. It was made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin, and featuring organza sleeves. Diamantes are encrusted across the entire design, including a geometric checkered bodice. A statement released by Buckingham Palace revealed that the gown was remodelled and fitted for Beatrice by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly and loyal dressmaker Stewart Parvin. RELATED: Princess Beatrice moves in with stepson Wolfie? 2\. Charlotte Casiraghi's wedding dressPhoto: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier MonacoCharlotte Casiraghi surprised at her civil ceremony to Dimitri Rassam in June 2019, when she stepped out in a chic Saint Laurent wedding dress. Her brocade dress featured a scalloped hem and three bows down the front, and it was perfect for the low-key ceremony. The Monaco royal later wore a lace Giambattista Valli wedding dress for her second religious ceremony in France at the end of June.MORE: 19 of the most memorable royal weddings of the past ten years 3\. Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding dressThe British royals had their third royal wedding in less than 12 months when Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston in May 2019. The bride had no less than four wedding dresses for her weekend-long celebrations, including a lace long-sleeved Luisa Beccaria gown with a six-metre long veil that she wore for her ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. 4\. Princess Eugenie's wedding dressThere was huge excitement when we saw Princess Eugenie's stunning wedding gown for the first time! The royal's elegant dress was by British designer Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos and featured a deep V neck with an off the shoulder design and a beautiful bustle at the back. The fabric included a number of symbols that were meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs, notably a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home. Eugenie opted to go without a veil, instead wearingh her up in a chic style with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, which belonged to the Queen Mother. 5\. Meghan Markle's wedding dressAfter months of speculation, Prince Harry's bride Meghan Markle finally revealed that she had chosen Clare Waight Keller of iconic Parisian fashion house Givenchy to design her wedding dress - opting for a slim-fitting, bateau-neck gown with sleeves, and a show-stopping veil.The designer said of the task: "It is truly an honour to have been given the opportunity to closely collaborate with Meghan Markle on such a remarkable occasion. We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasize the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle."EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEGHAN MARKLE'S WEDDING DRESS 6\. Princess Elizabeth's wedding dressWhen 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. 7\. Kate Middleton's wedding dressThe Duchess of Cambridge expressed her desire to combine modernity with tradition in her gown, which was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The result was an exquisite creation which featured a nipped-in waist, lace sleeves, floral motifs and a full flowing skirt and train.WANT MORE? The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress maker talks creating the gown 8\. Princess Diana's wedding dressPrincess Diana's record-breakingly long train on her David and Elizabeth Emanuel-designed dress was a tight fit inside the glass coach which transported her to her wedding. Even her father had difficulty squeezing in alongside all 7.62m of it. It could have been a very different picture, though, if details of the dress had leaked – a back-up dress was made just in case.RELATED: This is how Princess Diana’s wedding dress was kept secret back in 1981 9\. Sophie, Countess of Wessex's wedding dress Five months after the announcement of their engagement, Britain's 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. As well as her corseted V-neck gown, Sophie wore a cathedral-length veil, sprinkled with more crystals, and a diamond tiara from the Queen's private collection. She was also adorned with a black-and-white pearl necklace and matching earrings designed by Edward as a wedding gift. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROYAL WEDDING 10\. Princess Sofia's wedding dressSofia Hellqvist arrived at Stockholm's royal chapel for her wedding to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on a Saturday afternoon in June 2015. All eyes were on the brunette beauty as she stepped out in her stunning wedding gown – made from silk crepe overlaid with Italian silk organza – to tie the knot with the Swedish prince. The bridal gown, which was created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, featured intricate couture lace made by José María Ruiz and a beautiful train that was hand-cut and then hand-stitched in the deisnger's atelier in Stockholm. The dress was made in not one but three shades of white.WANT MORE? The best moments from the Swedish royal wedding 11\. Charlene of Monaco's wedding dressHaving first met in 2000, Albert and Charlene made it official when they were married in a civil ceremony 11 years later. The couple tied the knot in the Throne Room of the royal palace, with Charlene looking nothing short of princess-perfect. In a beautifully cut sky-blue suit that oozed understated glamour, Charlene was radiant as she made her first appearance as a royal on the palace balcony. It had been 55 years since a new sovereign princess had greeted the people of Monaco from that exact spot.Fashion commentators were quick to dub the colour "Charlene blue" and the princess later explained: "It's a collaboration between me and Karl Lagerfeld. We wanted something to match the colour of my eyes. It's my creation and I'm proud of it." 12. Charlene of Monaco's second wedding dressOn 2 July 2011, Charlene stepped out in a silk Giorgio Armani bridal gown. It was simple, yet dazzling; regal yet unassuming. True to form, down-to-earth Charlene had gone for understated sophistication. The dress, which required months of handiwork, was cut from 130 metres of silk, studded with 40,000 crystals and embellished with 20,000 teardrops fashioned from mother-of-pearl. 13\. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands's wedding dressWillem-Alexander's bride found her perfect gown courtesy of one of the world's top designers. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands married her royal love on 2 February, 2002, in Amsterdam wearing a Valentino couture long-sleeved ivory gown, with a train inset with beautiful embroidered flowers. Her tiara was made especially for the occasion – its base was taken from one owned by Queen Emma, and the stars from one owned by Emma's daughter, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Beatrix's grandmother. 14\. Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding dressThe 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. Two years later in June 2007, the Duchess stepped out in the same outfit as she attended the opening of the National Assembly of Wales. Camilla swapped her show-stopping wedding hat for another wide-brimmed one, and this time wore a triple string of pearls and a different pair of shoes. She did, however, wear the same diamond brooch that featured the Prince of Wales feathers. She is the only royal to have recycled her wedding dress. 15\. Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco's wedding dressWhen Grace Kelly walked down the aisle to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the blonde beauty captivated audiences with her show-stopping wedding dress. The gown, designed by Helen Rose of MGM, was the epitome of romance and instantly transformed the Hollywood star into real-life European royalty. Grace's dress was more complex than it looked – underneath the sheer lace bodice was another strapless one made of silk crepe, while three layers of integrated petticoats gave the skirt its distinctive volume. The fabrics used ranged from silk tulle, pearl-encrusted rose point lace, delicate Valenciennes lace and dull luster of peau de soie satin.RELATED: Take a look inside Grace Kelly's former childhood home 16\. Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson's wedding dressSarah 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. 17\. Princess Masako of Japan's wedding dressHarvard graduate Masako Owada became a member of Japan's Imperial Family on 9 June, 1993, when she married Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's first son, Crown Prince Naruhito. For the couple's traditional Shinto ceremony, the bride wore a traditional silk bridal kimono – made up of a dozen layers – which eventually weighed 14 kilograms and cost over $100,000. Masako completed her extravagant attire with elegant long gloves and beautifully decorative jewellery including an ornate diamond tiara and necklace. 18\. Queen Rania of Jordan's wedding dressJust five months after she locked eyes on her handsome future husband at a dinner party, Rania Al-Yassin married Jordan's prince – later king – Abdullah bin Al-Hussein on 10 June, 1993. The beautiful bride, who became queen in March 1999, wore a gown created by famous Lebanese designer Elie Saab. 19. Queen Letizia Ortiz of Spain's wedding dressLetizia 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. 20\. Mary Donaldson of Denmark's wedding dressMary Donaldson of Denmark married Crown Prince Frederik on 14 May, 2004 at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mary's wedding dress was created by Danish designer Uffe Frank, and was made of an ivory duchess satin with a scoop neckline. The gorgous design featured a a slim-fit bodice and lily-like sleeves. 21\. Princess Martha Louise's wedding dressThe bride married author Ari Behn in May 2002 wearing a two-piece wedding outfit featuring a dress and jacket – created for her by Oslo-based designer Wenche Lyche. The costume was inspired by the shape and colour of the Martha lily; the Swarovski-embroidered bridal jacket was made of off-white duchess satin, a three-metre train tapered to a pointed arch, while the gown was of white silk crepe. The bride – whose bouquet consisted mainly of lilies – also paid tribute to her royal heritage by holding her veil in place with a tiara originally belonging to Queen Maud. 22\. Princess Mette-Marit's wedding dressNorway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a wedding dress inspired by the one worn by groom Crown Prince Haakon's great grandmother, Queen Maud, for her marriage in 1896. Created by designer Ove Harder Finseth and seamstress Anna Bratland, the gown was made of thick silk crepe and draped in soft silk tulle, and featured a bodice and a flared skirt. The train reached two metres, while her veil was made from six metres of silk. Adorning her head on her big day – held on 25 August, 2001, in Oslo Cathedral – was a beautiful antique tiara, presented as a gift from her in-laws, Harald and Sonja. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Princess Beatrice wore a tiara for the first time this year on her wedding day, despite being a royal from birth.The 32-year-old borrowed Queen Mary's diamond fringe tiara from her grandmother, the Queen, when she tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July. The monarch wore the headpiece on her own wedding day to Prince Philip in 1947.But will we get to see Beatrice wear a tiara again in future?READ: 16 celebrities who defied the odds by getting married in 2020 WATCH: Princess Beatrice's surprise royal wedding to Edoardo Mapelli MozziUnless the Princess attends a formal event such as a state visit banquet or one of the Queen's Diplomatic Corps receptions at Buckingham Palace, it sadly seems unlikely.Beatrice isn't a full-time working member of the royal family and has the role of Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at tech company Afiniti.The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn a tiara ten times in her nine years as a royal. The jewels are saved for very special occasions, such as weddings, state visits and Buckingham Palace receptions.MORE: Kate Middleton's stunning royal jewellery collection – her favourite piecesMORE: When royal ladies borrow the Queen's exquisite jewelleryBeatrice and Edoardo married in Windsor in JulyWhile there are no hard and fast rules, the majority of royal women do not wear an elaborate headpiece until their marriage ceremony, and that's why Beatrice and her younger sister Princess Eugenie had not worn a tiara up until their wedding days.It's likely to be the case for the younger generation of royals, including Prince William and Kate's daughter, Princess Charlotte.Eugenie wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara on her wedding dayEugenie borrowed the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara from her grandmother the Queen for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank, pairing the stunning headpiece with a beautiful gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.The tiara was made of brilliant and rose-cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side.Speaking about her exquisite headpiece in audio commentary taken from an exhibition at Windsor Castle in which the tiara was on display, Eugenie said: "It was the most incredible thing to wear such a piece of history that my grandmother had lent me, very proud moment and the beautiful earrings were a gift from my husband."Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Princess Beatrice has inadvertently revealed that she has a sweet photo from her wedding day with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on display at their London home.The royal joined a virtual event to celebrate 30 years of charity Teenage Cancer Trust alongside her sister, Princess Eugenie and mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, as the trio are patrons for the organisation, and the image was seen behind her.SEE: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's surprising wedding guestlist revealedPrincess Beatrice has a photo from her wedding on display at homeThe Princesses surprised their mother with a moving speech about her contribution to the charity's work. Princess Beatrice said: "Mum, everyone on this call has been inspired today by your boundless energy. I think you've touched each and every single one of us with the mission that you have embraced through Teenage Cancer Trust.MORE: Princess Eugenie's maid of honour dress for Princess Beatrice's wedding - the inspirationRELATED: The full story behind Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's royal wedding"Thanks to your energy, as well as everybody else on the call, we have been one big Teenage Cancer Trust family for the last 30 years, and we will continue to be, with your spirit embedded into the very core of this organisation."The royal wedding photo on display at Princess Beatrice and Edoardo's homeThe photo of Beatrice, her husband Edoardo, and Beatrice's grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip is proudly showcased on top of the fireplace to her right.It was taken outside of the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, where the couple tied the knot. The Royal Lodge in Windsor is also where Beatrice and Eugenie were raised, and where their mother Sarah and father Prince Andrew continue to live.Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married in July 2020Beatrice and Edoardo married in a surprise ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic on Friday 17 July 2020. They were forced to scrap plans for a guestlist of hundreds of people with a reception at Buckingham Palace (initially intended to take place on 29 May), while a statement revealed that only "close family" ended up attending.In total, just four official pictures taken by royal photographer Benjamin Wheeler were released of the couple's big day. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Philippos married aviation heiress, Nina Flohr, on Dec. 12 at the exclusive Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz
Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark has married his girlfriend, Nina Flohr in a surprise royal wedding. The prince, the son of King Constantine III and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, is also Princess Diana's godson. The couple got engaged in September, but details were kept tightly under wraps as to when and where the nuptials would take place.SEE: King and Queen of Greece announce son's engagement with romantic photoWATCH: The most romantic royal weddings of all timeNow, HELLO! can share a series of photos from their big day on 12 December 2020.Prince Philippos and Nina Flohr married on 12 December 2020Nina and Prince Philippos posed against an incredible backdrop of their chosen location: St. Moritz in Switzerland. Nina has since shared the image on Instagram and captioned it, "Just married (civilly)." Fans were quick to share their congratulations with one writing, "The dreamiest! Congratulations!" A second added, "This picture is everything," and a third agreed, "Wow congratulations! Wishing you long and forever love!"MORE: Royal wedding countdown: The ceremonies postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemicRELATED: Princess Theodora of Greece postpones royal weddingThe couple's fathers were the only guestsNina's father Thomas Flohr, VistaJet founder and president, and Prince Philippo's father, King Constantine of Greece were the only two guests in attendance, due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines.Nina Flohr wore a white tweed suitNina's outfit was also in line with the intimate ceremony. As opposed to a traditional gown, she wore a white two-piece tweed skirt suit with a matching white hair bow, and satin Valentino slingback heels with the label's iconic studs. The prince, meanwhile, opted for a black suit with a white shirt and a light blue satin tie.Nina accessorised with a hair bowThe Private Office of King Constantine shared a statement following their nuptials: "The private ceremony of the civil marriage of Prince Philip with Nina-Nastassja Flohr took place on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11am at St. Moritz. Witnesses at the ceremony were King Constantine and Mr. Thomas Flohr, observing all the health instructions of the Swiss state. The immediate family congratulated the newlyweds after the ceremony. More details about the upcoming religious wedding will be given in due course."Prince Philippos grew up in London with his four older siblings. Nina is creative director of her father's business, and is believed to be close friends with Princess Eugenie, and also attended her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
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