Just as with any wedding, the bride a commoner or royal, one of the biggest focal points is the wedding dress she will wear to meet her groom.
Fans of the royal family are anticipating what type of gown the newest member of the House of Windsor, Meghan Markle, will wear for her wedding to Prince Harry and its likely copies of her style will soon be available to the public as designers scramble to mimick her look.
TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress has built an empire of shows surrounding one woman’s quest to find a gown that makes them feel their most beautiful and the women of the royal family are no exception to that need as well.
Many of the modern royal weddings have set style trends while others harken to days of glamour gone by.
Here, in no particular order, are some of the most glorious royal wedding dresses ever.
Before Sofia Hellqvist became a royal by marrying Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip, she was a reality-show star and topless model. Her transformation to royalty was complete by her wedding day in 2015.
Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey in 1960. Margaret’s gown was traditional to the era, but it was her stunning tiara that stole the show and completed the look.
Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, wore a gown designed by Queen’s couturier Stewart Parvin for her wedding to former rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011.
Kate Middleton revolutionized the bridal look that had grown to be full of strapless, sexy gowns with her long-sleeved Alexander McQueen wedding dress. Her illusion bodice is still on trend for today’s wedding designs seven years after she married Prince William in 2011.
Although not a royal by blood, the look was indeed regal for Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, for her wedding to James Matthews at St. Mark’s Church in May of 2017.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress for her July 1981 wedding to Prince Charles was a dress straight out of a fairy tale. Diana’s iconic wedding dress had a 25ft long train and was made of ivory silk, pure taffeta, and antique lace, with 10,000 pearls and sequins. It was made by Welsh designer David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth.