Everyone loves a wedding – and royal celebrations bring the nation together and give us serious wedding goals. There have been so many beautiful ceremonies over the years, with royal wedding dresses that are deserving of their fairytale status. Check out these stunning styles.
The Queen & Prince Philip
In 1947, Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey. Her dress of choice, designed by Norman Hartnell, was a fit and flare ivory silk gown embroidered with pearls, sparkling crystals and transparent appliqués. The beautiful, long sleeve dress with its tailored bodice and high neckline was a perfectly elegant choice for the future queen.
Princess Margaret & Antony Armstrong-Jones
Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960, wearing a silk-organza dress also designed by Norman Hartnell. Crystal beading and embellishment were kept to a minimum on this fabulous ballgown for a classic and sophisticated bridal style.
The Duke of Kent & Katharine Worsley
We love the stunning royal wedding dress worn by Katharine Worsley when she married The Duke of Kent in York in 1961. Designed by John Cavanagh, the sleek and striking style featured a high neckline, long sleeves and full tulle skirt. The look was finished with a diamond and pearl tiara.
Princess Alexandra & Angus Ogilvy
When Princess Alexandra of Kent married Sir Angus Ogilvy, she chose a John Cavanagh dress. The gown, while simple in its structure, featured intricate, custom patterned lace layered over white tulle.
Princess Anne & Captain Mark Phillips
Princess Anne wed Captain Mark Phillips in 1973, choosing a Tudor style dress designed by Maureen Baker. The dramatic (and totally chic) style featured a traditional high neck and extravagant trumpet sleeves.
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Princess Diana & Prince Charles
Princess Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta and lace gown with a dramatic 7-metre train when she married Prince Charles in 1981. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the utterly romantic gown with its puffed sleeves and full skirt is arguably one of the most famous royal wedding dresses of all time.
Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson
For her wedding to Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson opted for a dress designed by Lindka Cierach. The ivory duchess satin gown with its puffed sleeves and embroidery was another classic design fitting of the 80s.
Lady Helen of Windsor & Tim Taylor
The Tudor style gown chosen by Lady Helen for her wedding to Tim Taylor was designed by Cathe-rine Walker. Made from heavy silk, this stunning royal wedding dress featured a fitted bodice, full skirt and six-foot train, finished with a heavily embroidered deep v-neckline and cap sleeves.
Serena Stanhope and Viscount Linley
In 1993, Serena Stanhope wore a dress by young couturier Bruce Bobbins for her nuptials to David Linley. The design, which was based on the groom’s mother, Princess Margaret’s dress, featured a satin bodice and voluminous tulle skirt.
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Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones & Daniel Chatto
Lady Sarah Armstrong’s simple yet stunning dress was designed by Jasper Conran. With draped georgette fabric and a fabulous train, this was a chic, classic and understated royal wedding dress.
Prince Edward & Sophie Rhys-Jones
Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones at St George's Chapel in Windsor in 1999. The beautiful bride chose a V-neck, long sleeved, fluted cuff wedding dress by Samantha Shaw for her big day look. The outfit was finished with a striking pearl necklace and a diamond tiara featuring pieces from the Queen’s collection.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
We still love Camilla’s 2005 royal wedding dress, which shunned tradition. She chose a soft blue silk chiffon dress with a sleek blue and gold embroidered coat. The outfit was designed by Robinson Valentine and the look was completed with a striking feather headdress.
Peter Phillips & Autumn Kelly
In 2008, Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Autumn's timeless wedding dress, which consisted of a fitted bodice, silk duchess skirt and beaded French lace shrug, was created by British designer Sassi Holford.
Prince William & Kate Middleton
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, millions tuned in around the world to watch. The iconic Alexander McQueen gown is now one of the most-loved royal wedding dresses ever – and has prompted thousands of brides to choose a long sleeved style for their own special day. The incredible fairytale dress featured Victorian-inspired corsetry, long sleeves, and a delicate lace collar.
Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall
Zara Phillips wore an ivory silk satin gown by Stewart Parvin on her wedding day in 2011. The dress was traditional and fuss-free, with silk tulle sleeves, a structured corset bodice and chevron pleats.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
The world waited with bated breath to see the gown that Meghan Markle would wear to marry her prince – and her choice of a simple and elegant style from acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, definitely impressed. The impeccably tailored, full-length ivory gown featured three-quarter sleeves and a bateau neckline, which gave a classic look a contemporary update.
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