Two billion television views, £24m on security and Karl Lagerfeld and Margaret Thatcher as guests: royal weddings around the world are not to be sniffed at. Prince Albert II’s marriage to former Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene was celebrated for days, with concerts and firework displays put on by the pair. But even their spectacular celebrations were nothing compared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s £25.8m wedding. Prince William and his university sweetheart wed in front of two billion television viewers globally. Kate Middleton , as she was known then, wore one of the most expensive wedding dresses of all time: a bespoke Alexander McQueen gown. The brunette finished her look with a royal family heirloom: the Cartier ‘halo’ tiara that King George VI gifted his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, with in 1936. The Queen’s wedding was equally spectacular. It was broadcast to over 200 million radio listeners and attended by 2000 guests. The bride’s unique, star-covered Norman Hartnell dress was paid for using post-war rations. Princess Margaret’s wedding in 1960 was the first to be shown on television and drew in 300 million viewers. Two decades later, 750 million people tuned in to watch Prince Charles’ marry Lady Diana Spencer. Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Rainer III more lavish yet. The pair became engaged within months of meeting at Cannes Film Festival and tied the knot in an opulent religious service organised by the American actress’ film studio. Talk about heavyweight wedding planners. How will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on 19 May 2018 compete? Watch this space. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: 100 years of iconic British wedding dresses A timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship Everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
A couple invited former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to their wedding and received a lovely note in response.
Cast your memory back to The Queen’s 90th Birthday Parade and you will remember *that* bright green suit that went viral for being the same shade as a green screen. Well that wasn’t the first (or the last) time Queen Elizabeth has worn such a vibrant shade of green. Take look at a definitive history of The Queen in green.
Today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday (her actual one, not her official one) - and what an adventure filled 90 years she’s had so far. She’s reigned through some trying times and come out on top - all while always looking the part in a colourful two-piece and a big hat. So we reckon it’s time we applauded her unwavering style, which may not always be on trend but is always on point. From pearl necklaces to pristine white gloves, to headscarves and plaid skirts, the Queen’s become something of a style icon throughout her decades on the throne, with the likes of Agyness Deyn and Dolce & Gabbana naming her Majesty as their fashion inspiration.
The queen, shot by Annie Leibovitz for "Vanity Fair" on the occasion of her 90th birthday, poses with Willow, Holly, Vulcan, and Candy at Windsor Palace.