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In earlier times, brides typically wore their "best" dress usually with their hair loose and adorned with wreaths of flowers. Sometimes the dress was green to denote fertility.
It was in the 19th Century that women began to wear white
to formal events. With no hot running water or detergent available, the white dress gave the message of wealth. However, a true white colour in fabric manufacture wasn't available until later in history when bleach began to be used
in the 1950's. The so-called 'white' dress was actually an off-white or cream colour.
On February 10,1840, the teenage Queen Victoria set the fashion standard by wearing a white dress which became a symbol for her chastity and purity setting a precedent for the way society viewed sex before marriage which would take 100 years to change. In the 18th century, it had not been uncommon for a bride to be pregnant at her wedding.
On 13 March 1879, Princess Louise Margaret married Prince Arthur,
seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria.
JULY 1893 – King George V marries Queen Mary at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace in London.
Elizabeth Bowes Lyons (The Queen Mother) married Prince Albert, son of King George V
on 26 April 1923. He would later become King George VI, father of the present queen.
On November 29, 1934 at Westminster Abbey Prince George (brother of King George VI)
married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott married Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
on November 6, 1935 in the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace.
A much more elaborate affair had been planned, but was scaled back due to the
recent passing of the bride’s father and ill health of the groom’s father, King George V.
Her dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, who would also create Princess Elizabeth’s
(later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret’s wedding gowns.
On 20 November 1947, when Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, despite the struggling economy after the second world war, no expense was spared on her dress. Renowned dress designer Norman Hartnell based his design on Botticelli's Primavera (left) and sent away to America for the 10,000 pearls needed for the embellishment of his design.
Princess Margaret and photographer Antony Armstrong -Jones were married at Westminster Abbey in 1960
in the first-ever televised royal wedding. Princess Margaret wore the famous Poltimore tiara on the day;
it was sold in 2006 for more than $1.5 million. Her silk dress was designed by Norman Hartnell,
who also designed the dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth for her wedding and coronation.
It was the height of early-60s style, with a cinched waist, a full skirt made of 40m of fabric draped
over stiffened tulle petticoats and a deep V-neck.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Miss Katherine Worsley wed in 1961
April 1963 – Princess Alexandra marries Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
Princess Anne in her Tudor Inspired wedding dress on the occasion of her wedding
to Captain Mark Phillips on 14 November 1973
Prince Michael of Kent marries Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna, Austria 1978
On July 29th, 1981 David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed the iconic wedding dress (with a 25 ft. train)
Diana, Princess of Wales wore when she married Charles, Prince of Wales at St. Paul's Cathedral
On October 8, 1993, Serena Stanhope (related to the Tudor Anne Stanhope) wore a dress
reminiscent of her mother-in-law Princess Margaret's dress when she married Viscount Linley
Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon,
married actor Daniel Chatto on July 14, 1994 in a dress by Jasper Conran
On 17 May 2008 Peter Phillips, the Queen's eldest grandchild and son of Princess Anne,
married his Canadian bride Autumn Kelly at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
On April 29, 2011 Catherine Middleton wed Prince William at Westminster Abbey and
received the title of the Duchess of Cambridge. Her dress is reminiscent of Grace Kelly's dress below.
Princess Grace and Prince Ranier of Monaco wed on 19 April, 1956.
Her dress was designed by Helen Rose at the MGM costume department.
Princess Matte-Marit of Norway // Princess Marie Chantal of Greece
Princess Maxima of the Netherlands // Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark Marries Mary Donaldson
Princess Annemarie Gualtherie van Weezel and Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme
Alejandra de Bourbon, a lesser member of the Spanish royal family,
(daughter of Alfonso de Bourbon, the second cousin of King Juan Carlo)
married Bosco Ussia June 2008 in a 1920's inspired Chanel design.
Spanish model Laura Ponte at her 2004 wedding to
Luis Beltrán Ataulfo Alfonso Gómez-Acebo y Borbón
(son of Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, and the nephew of King Juan Carlos I of Spain)
Prince Hubertus Michael von Sachsen-Coburg marries Kelly Rondestvedt
at the St. Moritz Church in Coburg, Germany.
Wedding of Denmark's Prince Joachim to Marie Cavallier
Prince Johan Friso of Orange-Nassau and Princess Mabel
Prince Laurent of Belgium marries Claire Coombs in Brussels, Belgium.
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria married commoner Daniel Westling
Princess Martha Louise of Norway
Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and Count Roldolphe de Limburg Stirum
Prince Edouard de ligne de la Tremoille and Isabella Orsini
Prince Nicholas, the second son of former King Constantine of Greece,
married Tatiana Blatnik, a 29-year-old event planner for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven
marries Princess Anita van Eijk in the Netherlands.
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|MsSquirrly||Favourite Royal Wedding Moments||13||May 12 2011, 8:30 PM EDT by Anne'sCurls|
Thread started: Apr 29 2011, 2:09 PM EDT Watch
Now we have seen it, what moments stand out to you while watching the wedding of Prince William and his Kate?
For me, one of the most wonderful parts was watching the two brothers, William and Harry and their smiles.
2 out of 2 found this valuable. Do you?
|GoldenAged.ER||Nice job, few corrections.||7||Apr 30 2011, 9:18 PM EDT by jrmslady09|
Thread started: Apr 28 2011, 7:56 PM EDT Watch
Hey, nice job. I have plenty of wedding photos if you need more; I uploaded "some" to the Royal Wedding Album, hope you use some of them as they are a mix of old royals and new. Also, Lady Serena Stanhope is not a descendant of Anne Stanhope; she is a 1st cousin many times removed. Serena descends from Princess Margaret Tudor by way of an illegitimate child of Charles II. Also, Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia is not wearing the Russian Fringe tiara (are you referring to Queen Alexandra's or the George III?). The necklace was a wedding gift from the Duke of Connaught's mother, Queen Victoria; it was once owned by her mother, the former Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Duchess of Kent).
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