Unlike Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and sister Princess Eugenie's royal weddings, Beatrice’s nuptials were set to be a more "low-key" affair
The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex had a “row” over whether the young bridesmaids at the royal wedding should wear tights, it has been claimed, as Tatler magazine publishes a profile of “Catherine the Great”. The society magazine, which claims to have spoken to numerous friends of the Duchess of Cambridge, has described an “incident” ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in which the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have been left in tears. "Then there was an incident at the wedding rehearsal,” a source named only as a ‘friend’ told the magazine. “It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to.” Photographs from the 2018 Sussex wedding, (below, top) appear to show the bridesmaids with bare legs, while those from the Cambridge wedding in 2011 (below, bottom) show even the youngest members of the party wearing tights.
If there's one good thing to come from coronavirus, it's that the pandemic has put a stop to the pecking order. No-one is immune and everyone is in lockdown. This includes the royal family, and we thought, in the hope of lifting spirits, let's remind ourselves that they're actually just like us outside of a crisis too. Even at royal weddings, our favourite Princes, Princesses, Queens and Kings all have slip-ups. Take a look…SEE: The very best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's weddingLoading the player...WATCH: Look back at the highlights from Kate Middleton and Prince William's weddingWhen 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.SEE: All the royal weddings affected by coronavirusPrincess Charlotte was also seen striking a pose with her leg up at the wedding. We only wish Kate had joined her.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.MORE: Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding: A photo albumWhen 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?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 photosThe 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 timeA 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.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.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.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?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. 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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal wedding florist Philippa Craddock has shared her memories of working with the couple in honour of their second wedding anniversary. Philippa and her team created the stunning floral installations at St George's Chapel, Windsor, along with Meghan's bouquet and the centerpieces at their reception.Sharing photos from the chapel, which had ivory flowers and foliage surrounding the entrance and internal archways, Philippa revealed the inspiration behind the designs, as well as what it was like working with Prince Harry and Meghan, who she says were "both very involved in the design stages and gorgeously thoughtful throughout".Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding florist shared her memories of working with them"The five internal archways were my favourite designs. The inspiration came from the vaulted ceilings and the architectural detail, with the aim of working in perfect harmony with the space and bringing the outside in, reflecting the surrounding parkland," Philippa explained.RELATED: What it was like to cover Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding first-handLoading the player...WATCH: See highlights from Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding ceremonyThe florist continued: "I remember the gentle hum inside the Chapel as we created these designs, immense team work at its best. The archways were huge, we used scaffolding and designed a complex under structure to ensure they were absolutely secure, without causing any damage to the beautiful stonework underneath. It was important each stem had access to water, to last the duration (and without the use of floral foam). We left the archways in place the following day, for the congregations to enjoy during the services. "GALLERY: 21 of the most beautiful royal wedding bouquetsPhilippa and her team created the floral installations at St George's ChapelPhilippa used foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, along with seasonal plants such as beech, birch and hornbeam when creating Prince Harry and Meghan's floral installations. Combined with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, the display stayed true to Meghan and Harry's focus on seasonality in every aspect of their wedding. Meanwhile, Meghan's bouquet featured sweet peas, lily of the valley, jasmine, astilbe, astrantia and myrtle, a staple in every royal bride's wedding bouquet.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
The stunning gown that the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear when she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry was surely one of the most talked-about dresses of 2018. The rumour mill went into overdrive in the weeks leading up to the wedding, with couture house Ralph & Russo hotly tipped to have won the much-coveted gig, and designers including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham also touted as possible contenders. But when the royal bride finally stood on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor, it was revealed that the timeless gown was the handiwork of Clare Waight Keller, of Parisian fashion house Givenchy.What a moment it was, eh? Since the happy couple celebrate their wedding anniversary on 19 May, there's no better excuse to look back on Meghan's beautiful wedding gown - here's ten fashion facts you might have missed on the big day... 1\. Meghan's stunning veil was embroidered with the national flowers of each of the 53 commonwealth countriesShe was later filmed reuniting with her dress in the ITV documentary Queen Of The World – revealing that it had been a total surprise to her groom! Touching the beautiful veil, she said: "It was important for me, especially now being part of the royal family, to have all 53 of the commonwealth countries incorporated. And I knew it would be a fun surprise for my now husband - he didn't know! He was really over the moon to find that I would make this choice for our day together, and I think the other members of the family had a similar reaction."Meghan's beautiful veil 2\. Crops of wheat were blended with the floral detailsThe statement from Givenchy read: "Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat are delicately embroidered and blend into the flora, to symbolise love and charity."MORE: The secret meanings hidden in 8 royal brides' stunning wedding dresses 3\. The veil was also decorated with the California poppy and a wintersweet, also known as a Japanese allspiceThis represented both Meghan's place of birth, and the flower that grew in Harry and Meghan's private garden at their previous home in Kensington Palace.Meghan and Harry married at St George's Chapel in Windsor 4\. Hundreds of hours (3,900 in fact!) were spent sewing the flowers on the veilThe fashion house stated: "Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine." 5\. The stunning veil was 16 feet longOr five metres! It was sweetly carried by page boys Brian Mulroney and John Mulroney, the sons of Meghan's best friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney.Designer Clare Waight Keller shows off sketches of the gown 6\. Meghan only had a few meetings with Clare Waight Keller about the iconic dressShe revealed she had always wanted a classic look during Queen Of The World, saying: "We had two or three meetings talking about sketches and different ideas of how this could really come to life. We knew we wanted it to be very delicate, but then after that point, I just said I trust her implicitly with what she did."MORE: The most iconic (and expensive!) royal wedding dresses in history 7\. She chose to work with Clare after meeting her in early 2018It's thought that Meghan wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloe and Givenchy. Clare said of their relationship: "It has been an immensely rewarding experience to get to know Meghan on a personal level, one I will forever carry with me. The House of Givenchy joins me in wishing her and Prince Harry every wish of happiness in their future."With the adorable bridesmaids and pageboys! 8\. A piece of material from the dress Meghan wore on her first date with Harry was also sewn into the dressHow adorable is that? Meghan told the ITV documentary it was her "something blue". She added: "It's fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date." MORE: How royal brides spend the night before their wedding 9\. It's believed Meghan's wedding dress cost around £100,000And she paid for it herself, just like the Duchess of Cambridge did in 2011.The couple shared a moment after arriving in church 10\. The bride didn't see her finished dress until the big day!That's right, Meghan didn't know exactly what her gown looked like until her royal wedding day. "I didn’t see it really until the morning of, so this is my first time seeing the veil like this," she said, while viewing her dress in its exhibition display at Windsor Castle.WATCH BELOW: 100 years of stunning royal wedding dressesLoading the player...
With large swathes of the world currently in lockdown, the glorious wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex feels like a lifetime ago. But as they celebrate their second anniversary in their new Los Angeles home, Harry and Meghan have so many amazing memories to reflect on and share with their one-year-old son Archie.Loading the player... WATCH: Best moments from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal weddingREAD: Meghan Markle's royal wedding cake maker shares behind-the-scenes peek at preparationsTheir fairytale nuptials at St George's Chapel, followed by a glorious carriage ride through the streets of Windsor charmed the nation and millions more across the globe. And for those of us lucky enough to be inside the Castle on May 19, 2018, it was a day we will never forget.Brilliant sunshine bathed the town from the early morning, when as part of a select group of accredited journalists, I was given a walk-through of the Chapel and a got a closer glimpse – and smell - of the fragrant cascading flowers over the West Door and organ screen.A peek at the seating plans also hinted at the starry guestlist and there were soon flurries of excitement as the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney and David and Victoria Beckham began to arrive. They were followed by members of the royal family and cheers erupted as Harry and William arrived, dashing in their military dress.MORE: Meghan Markle's friend Jessica Mulroney reveals big plans for royal wedding anniversaryHELLO!'s Emily Nash with Huw Edwards on the day of the royal wedding in 2018From the makeshift TV studios on the castle's Guards Room roof, I remember looking across the ramparts to see a sea of people gathering outside, with banners, flags and bands conjuring up a real carnival atmosphere. Then, from a room behind the Chapel, we watched – over a glass of champagne – as Meghan arrived in her flawless dress by Clare Waight-Keller, with her adorable troupe of page boys and flower girls in tow. I remember being struck by how serene she appeared as she walked alone, then with the Prince of Wales, down the sunlit aisle. And there were sighs from even the most hardened hacks in the room as a clearly emotional Harry lifted her veil to tell her: "You look amazing".From the stirring address by Bishop Michael Curry to the exquisite performance of Stand by Me by the Kingdom Choir, Harry and Meghan became man and wife during one of the most uplifting ceremonies many of us had ever seen and their spectacular procession back up the Long Walk was like something straight from a Disney movie.Harry and Meghan celebrate their second wedding anniversary on 19 May 2020As they left the castle to share their happiness with the thousands who had lined the route there was just time for us to dash outside to wave them off. The tide of goodwill towards the bride and groom had already been huge, but after watching them exchange their vows there was a real sense of euphoria from the crowds.The rest of the day was a blur of writing and interviews, and wonderful details from inside the reception about lemon and elderflower cake, affectionate words from the Prince of Wales and a performance from Elton John. And as I walked back to my hotel later that night, fireworks exploded into the night sky over nearby Frogmore House – a fitting end for a fabulous day.So much has changed for the Duke and Duchess – and the rest of the world – since then. But as they continue their new LA life in lockdown with their adorable one-year-old son Archie, I hope the amazing memories of their special day will continue to bring them joy.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.
"My dream job got even better that day," the baker and food writer said of May 19, 2018
Another royal wedding has sadly been postponed due to the coronavirus. Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark was expected to marry American lawyer Matthew Kumar later this month on the Greek island of Spetses. However, a new statement released at the weekend revealed that the couple had been forced to put their plans on hold as a result of the pandemic. Theodora, who was born in London and now lives in Los Angeles, is the daughter of the former King of Greece, Constantine II, and his wife, Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark. Loading the player...WATCH: Look Back at Prince William And Kate Middleton's royal weddingTheodora met her fiancé after moving to America to pursue an acting career and the Greek Royal House announced the couple's engagement in November 2018. It's the latest disappointment for royal watchers following the cancellation of Princess Beatrice's wedding to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's eldest daughter, 31, originally planned to marry this month after getting engaged in Italy in September 2019.READ: Sophie Wessex makes rare comment about the Queen during interview with Prince EdwardTheodora moved to Los Angeles to become an actress Back in February, the couple announced that their wedding ceremony would take place at the 150-seat Chapel Royal followed by a gathering in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, at the invitation of the Queen. Edoardo's three-year-old son Christopher (affectionately known as Woolfie), from his previous relationship with American architect Dara Huang, was expected to be best man. It was also likely that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, would play a role in the ceremony. Beatrice and Edoardo will now have to re-visit their plans at a later date.MORE: Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate happy baby news as close friend Bear Maclean welcomes third sonThe Duchess of Cambridge's brother, James Middleton, has also had to postpone his big day with his fiancée, Alizée Thimothet, which was planned for this summer. The Cambridges have a close connection to the Greek royal family as Constantine is a second cousin of Prince Charles and Prince William's godfather, meaning the family is missing out on marking several special occasions. Hopefully, they'll have many nuptials to celebrate before too long!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.
Philippa Craddock and her team created the stunning floral displays and bouquet for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding in 2018, and now she's sharing her expertise to help you perfect your own floristry skills at home. The royal wedding florist has posted two tutorials on Instagram to create beautiful hand-tied bouquets – and they'd be perfect if you're hosting a lockdown wedding celebration.While fresh flowers can be hard to come by in the shops amid the coronavirus pandemic, Philippa's easy-to-follow tutorials feature flowers you may already have growing in your garden – including sweet peas and lilac – or could be swapped for seasonal alternatives.Philippa Craddock shared a tutorial to create this hand-tied bouquetAfter conditioning the flowers and removing excess leaves from the stems, Philippa started gathering the stems together one-by-one, and twisting them to create a classic spiral bouquet. Once all of the flowers are in place, she tied ribbon around them to create a bouquet that would look beautiful for a summer wedding, or make a thoughtful gift to surprise someone during the lockdown.RELATED: How to get celebrity-inspired wedding flowers on a budgetLoading the player...WATCH: See the best moments from Prince Harry and Meghan's weddingAs well as creating a mixed bouquet with garden flowers, Philippa showcased a second design using only sweet peas, which she said "would be a really interesting bridal bouquet". The beautiful spring flowers featured in Meghan's bouquet along with Lily of the Valley, Jasmine, Astilbe, Astrantia and Myrtle, a staple in every royal bride's wedding bouquet.Meghan and Harry featured seasonal flowers in their weddingA sentimental addition to Meghan's wedding flowers were Forget-Me-Nots, which are known to be Princess Diana's favourite flowers and were handpicked by Prince Harry from the couple's private garden at Kensington Palace.GALLERY: 21 of the most stunning royal wedding bouquetsMeanwhile, the stunning displays at St. George's Chapel featured foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, along with seasonal plants such as beech, birch and hornbeam. Combined with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, the floral display stayed true to Meghan and Harry's focus on seasonality in every aspect of their wedding.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Princess Eugenie has shared a previously unseen picture from her royal wedding to mark her husband’s birthday.On 12 October 2018, Princess Eugenie, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank.
Princess Eugenie shared an unseen picture from her wedding day to celebrate her husband Jack Brooksbank’s birthday on Sunday.One of the few Royal Family members to have a personal Instagram account, Eugenie posted a birthday tribute to her husband of nearly two years.
A stroke of good luck! Royal family photographer Samir Hussein admitted that one of his best pictures came from an unplanned moment - and it's the Duchess of Cambridge's all-time favourite snap.The award-winning photographer reflected on capturing an iconic photo of Kate approaching Westminster Abbey on her wedding day nine years ago. "It just came about really quickly," he told US Weekly exclusively. "I think there were some quite big crowds outside, outside the abbey. A lot of people being camping out for days and days. And I think she just wanted to acknowledge the crowds, but also with it being such an enormous event, the cameras and stuff."Though many moments of the royal wedding were carefully rehearsed and precisely planned, Hussein remembered this perfect snapshot as the result of a major coincidence. "She was just acknowledging all of those around her," he explained. "It was really nice when she turned straight in my direction and waved sort of straight down the barrel of my lens, and I gave a big smile."【ギャラリー】Kate Middleton and Prince William early in their relationship17Kate's wedding to Prince William added some beautiful photographs to the royal family's collection, and the Duchess of Cambridge has a soft spot for this particular picture. "I've been told that that's one of her favourites," Hussein said. "It was actually used by the Royal collection when the dress went on display at Buckingham palace for all our advertising ... That picture was on the Underground, on big posters and billboards all around London. I think she had a big hand [in that]."As he's gotten to know Kate and William, 37, over the years, Hussein has noticed the royal couple opening up to him more and being more comfortable around the camera. Having been on a number of different tours with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the photographer has seen the pair shed the strict expectations of "royal protocol" and becoming "much more relaxed" than people might expect."They tend to be a bit more jokey," he said. "They're just a lot more relaxed, so I think that's where I get a lot of my best pictures and you can see a bit more of their personality come out."\- This article first appeared on US Weekly
While Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have been forced to cancel their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic, we can still get our fix of gorgeous bridal style with a look back at some of the most iconic royal wedding dresses in history. Beatrice's sister Princess Eugenie, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Meghan Markle have all stunned with their breathtaking gowns in the last couple of years, while the bride-to-be could also take inspiration from the likes of the Queen, Princess Diana, and her mum, Sarah Ferguson. Look back at some of the most iconic royal wedding dresses – from the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Diana... 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 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. 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.Loading the player... 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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."On 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Loading the player...Come back to hellomagazine.com at 9pm tonight to see our special highlights video featuring all the best bits from Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding, including the vows, the celebrity arrivals and the spectacular carriage procession.
On a sunny day back in April 2011, when no-one had heard of Brexit and it was socially acceptable to stand in a crowd, Kate Middleton married her long-term boyfriend Prince William as Britain took the day off to party.Here's what six writers remember of their royal wedding day (before the excess Pimms kicked in...)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey, London nine years ago today.The occasion was memorable for a number of reasons, not least because it took place a decade after the couple first met at the University of St Andrews.
The year was 2011 and it was a much simpler time. Prince William still had a full head of hair. Prince Harry didn’t live in Los Angeles with a Suits star. And friends were allowed to gather in groups of 10 to enjoy the royal wedding.The royal wedding was one for the ages, with brides asking for Kate’s glorious gown and Pippa’s slinky white dress inspiring wedding parties all over the world.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will no doubt enjoy looking back through their wedding photos as they celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary on Wednesday, and there is one image in particular that is likely to be especially memorable to the couple. Showing Kate resting one hand on Prince William's knee as they sat on the steps of Buckingham Palace's throne room with their young bridesmaids and pageboys, it has become one of the most iconic royal wedding photos. However, the couple's photographer Hugo Burnand has revealed it almost wasn't taken due to the strict schedule he had to follow on the day.Speaking to Town and Country in 2019, Hugo said he had lengthy discussions with amateur photographer Kate in the lead-up to the day about their desire to create unique wedding portraits. Each photo had been planned in a "specific schedule", meaning Hugo could only capture the group shot he had in mind once all of the other photos had been taken.Hugo Burnand with a copy of his iconic royal wedding photograph"We finished with three minutes to spare so I asked Catherine if we could do the shot we had talked about previously. And she turned to William and said, 'What do you think?’ And he said, ‘Let’s go for it,'" Hugo explained. "So in three minutes she sat down on the steps, Sarah Burton put the dress out perfectly, Prince William leant in, the children basically did what they felt was the right thing to do."GALLERY: Look back at Prince William and Kate's love storyHe added: "That was a very spontaneous picture. That little detail there [points to Kate’s hand touching William’s knee] and William leaning in there, all these things were not directed, but a result of a good relationship with everyone."All of the official portraits had to be captured before the royal wedding flypastThe portrait ended up being the photographer’s favourite shot of the day, which was the result of three weeks of planning, and three days of setting up equipment at Buckingham Palace prior to the nuptials. Leaving nothing to chance, Hugo also revealed that his team used staff from the palace for dress rehearsals of the photographs to ensure there was enough time to get all of the family portraits required ahead of their 1.30pm curfew, when the royals gathered on the balcony to watch the flypast. Who knew?!MORE: How to do your own wedding makeup like Duchess KateLoading the player...WATCH: See the most beautiful royal wedding dresses including Kate's Alexander McQueen gownMake 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.
Cast your mind back to Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding, where we obsessed as much over Meghan's two bridal gowns as much as we did the celebrity guests packed into Windsor Castle. Harry and Meghan's wedding marked them out as thoroughly modern royals, and none more so than with their zero emissions wedding car – a one-off, vintage 1968 Jaguar E-Type that had been converted to be fully electric. The newlyweds looked straight out of a James Bond movie as Harry whisked his bride off to their evening wedding reception at Frogmore House in their one of a kind car. And it seems the royal couple knew a good thing when they saw it, as the Jaguar E-Type has been named the best British car ever.Harry and Meghan's wedding car has been named the best British car of all timeFamous for being described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car in the world, the Jaguar E-Type beat the likes of the Mini and Land Rover to take the top spot. The Austin-Healey 3000 came second, with the Mini in at number three. Prince Charles' favourite motor, the Aston Martin DB5, took the fourth spot. The Ford GT40, Land Rover (Series I) and Lotus Elan (MkI) also made the shortlist.SEE: The first cars the royals droveThe Mini was voted the fourth best British car of all timeMarcus Atkinson, Managing Director of Hagerty UK who polled over 1,000 classic car aficionados, commented: "The Jaguar E-Type is a timeless piece of design that has rightly been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, while the Austin-Healey 3000 is a quintessential British roadster that is perfect for blowing away the cobwebs on a sunny Sunday morning. But I just know that the debate over the best British classic car will continue to rage on amongst car enthusiasts." DID YOU KNOW? Prince Charles and these other famous faces drive eco-friendly carsThe Jaguar E-Type is loved by car enthusiasts all over the worldThe Jaguar E-Type was launched in 1961 and such was its popularity that it remained in production for more than a decade, until 1975. Just a few months after the royal wedding, carmaker Jaguar Land Rover announced that the E-Type Concept Zero, the model Harry and Meghan drove, would be going into full production.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.