We’re guessing you heard that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially got married on May 19, 2018 in a lavish event. And in just a few months, Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her longtime beau, Jack Brooksbank, will tie the knot. With two royal weddings making headlines this year, we’d thought we take a look at some of the beautiful pictures from past royal weddings.
Prepare to be wowed at these regal images from around the world and see where Harry and Eugenie’s family rank on our list.
15. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller
After meeting on a blind date in the early ’90s, the Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece married Marie-Chantal Miller in an extravagant event hosted by the bride’s billionaire father, Robert Warren Miller.
Their wedding was an extravagant affair, and no expense was spared, as Miller’s dress alone cost more than $225,000.
Next: This bridal gown reminded us of one worn by a famous duchess.
14. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden married Sofia Hellqvist on June 13, 2015, in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Hellqvist and the only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia rode a carriage through the streets after their nuptials and waved to the many onlookers as they passed.
The thing people couldn’t stop talking about though was the bride’s gorgeous dress, which was reminiscent of the one Kate Middleton wore four years earlier.
Next: Their wedding was dubbed the biggest since Charles and Diana’s.
13. Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden and Daniel Westling
In 2010, Princess Victoria of Sweden married her fitness trainer, Daniel Westling, in what was dubbed at the time as the biggest wedding since Prince Charles and Diana’s. The ceremony was held at the Stockholm Cathedral, and the two said their vows in front of many other royals, including six kings and nine queens.
The princess looked flawless in a gown by Swedish designer, Pär Engsheden, which featured an off-the-shoulder boat neckline and a train measuring more than 16 feet.
Next: The wedding of this royal and this TV reporter was grand.
12. King Felipe of Spain and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
Another royal union that boasted beautiful images was that of then-Prince Felipe de Borbon and a television reporter named Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. The pair said their “I dos” in Spain’s capital city at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral, and their guest list of 1,600 included many other royals, such as Prince Charles, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
In 2014, on the abdication of his father Juan Carlos I, Prince Felipe became King Felipe VI of Spain and his bride became Queen Letizia.
Next: This prince and this Olympian had two ceremonies.
11. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock
Prince Albert of Monaco married Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock (now Princess Charlene) in an affair that cost a whopping $65 million. However, they did have two weddings, one civil and one religious. They also invited 30,000 of their closest friends to witness those nuptials.
The picture above of the newlyweds and crowd after the church ceremony is one that captures the moment and how big the event was in Monaco.
Next: This Jordanian royal and his bride married in style.
10. King Abdullah II of Jordan and Rania al-Yassin
In 1993, then-Prince Abdullah wed Rania al-Yassin, who was born in Kuwait but moved to Jordan for work. The lavish celebration took place at the Zahran Palace in Amman, Jordan, and the bride wore a stunning dress with rich gold embroidery. The day was a national holiday in the country.
In 1999, Abdullah became king after the passing of his father, King Hussein. To date, Abdullah is the only member of the Jordanian monarch to have not been married more than once.
Next: These nuptials were at the same place where the upcoming weddings will be.
9. Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
In 1999, the wedding ceremony between Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his bride, Sophie Rhys-Jones, took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. It is the same location where Edward’s nephew Harry will marry Markle, and where his niece, Princess Eugenie, will say “I do” to Brooksbank.
Edward’s wedding was unlike other royal weddings in that it was limited to only family and close friends. Media coverage was also restricted, but the Earl of Wessex and Countess of Wessex did ride through the streets and wave to those who lined the streets for the occasion.
Next: The Duke and Duchess of York’s lavish affair
8. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
In 1986, Prince Charles’ younger brother, Prince Andrew, married Sarah Ferguson. The couple said their vows at Westminster Abbey and thousands lined the London streets to see them while an estimated 500 million watched it on TV.
The Duke and Duchess of York’s marriage was rocked by scandals, and they ended up divorcing in 1996. While married they had two daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who before Princess Charlotte was born were the only females in the line of succession to the British throne.
Next: Their wedding took place after he abdicated the throne.
7. Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
Just like Markle, Wallis Simpson was an American divorcee. But at the time King Edward VIII wanted to marry the socialite, it caused such an uproar that he chose to abdicate his throne to do so. His brother, George VI, then became king and Edward was named the Duke of Windsor.
Because the Church of England would not sanction their wedding, it took place at the Château de Candé in France. No one from the groom’s family attended.
The dress Simpson wore for the modest affair was a break from the norm, but so iconic that it is now housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Next: A very royal photo
6. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Philip Mountbatten, now the Duke of Edinburgh, was, of course, a very regal event.
The photo from their 1947 union is one to marvel at ,as all the pictures of the newly married pair look like something out of a storybook. They also feature many other famous royals including Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.
Next: The first televised royal wedding
5. Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
The wedding between Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong-Jones was the first televised royal wedding ever, drawing 20 million viewers in 1960.
One of the lovely photos from that day shows the princess and groom beaming with several young bridesmaids around them.
Next: Like Markle, this woman was an actress before she met her prince.
4. Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly
When Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier of Monaco, she was already a big movie star, so there was no doubt that their wedding was going to be a star-studded affair. Some of the names on their guest list included Aristotle Onassis, Cary Grant, and Ava Gardner. Frank Sinatra was invited but couldn’t make it.
Their special day in 1956 was picturesque ,and the show-stopping high-necked dress Kelly wore is one of most iconic gowns of all time and continues to inspire many brides today.
Tragically, Kelly died in 1982 after being injured in a car crash. Prince Rainier never remarried and was buried alongside his wife when he passed in 2005.
Next: Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter’s first wedding
3. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips
The Queen of England and Prince Philip’s only daughter, Princess Anne, married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. Their wedding took place at Westminster Abbey on the same day as Prince Charles’ 25th birthday and the day was declared a special bank holiday.
While their union didn’t last, this photo of them surrounded by dozens of members of the most famous family in the world was quite memorable.
Next: The “wedding of the century”
2. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
It’s hard to choose just one photo from Prince Charles and Diana’s fairytale wedding in 1981, but the thing people remember most from the ceremony is the gorgeous gown Diana wore, which had a 25-foot train attached.
The “wedding of the century” was one of the most-watched ever with an audience of 750 million people around the world. Unfortunately, their love story did not have a happy ending as they separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996, one year before Princess Diana’s untimely death.
Next: The balcony PDA
1. Prince William and Kate Middleton
The wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011 produced so many beautiful photos and the one no one will ever forget is the one of them kissing on the balcony. They were not the first couple to share a kiss there though. William’s mother and father, Charles and Diana, kissed one another on the balcony, as did William’s Uncle Andrew when he married Fergie.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the first to kiss each other twice. It was a moment the people loved as they cheered loudly afterwards.
Of course, the picture also shows the young bridesmaid who grabbed the attention of so many when she just couldn’t take the noise and covered her ears.
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