A Look Back At The Most Memorable Royal Weddings Throughout History
Nobody says 'I do' quite like a royal.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married Saturday May 19 and we're counting down the hours. Until the big day rolls around we're keeping ourselves satisfied by taking a look at royal weddings past.
From King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, who tied the knot in 1863, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's nuptials just seven years ago, these official snaps are sure to tide you over until Harry and Meghan say 'I do'.
Princess Alexandra and King Edward VII, 1863
Princess Alexandra of Denmark married Albert Edward, Prince of Wales -- later King Edward VII -- on March 10 1863 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Sound familiar? Yes it's the very same chapel in which Harry and Meghan will tie the knot. Alexandra's lavish silk gown was adorned with orange blossoms, myrtle and tulle. It was the first British Royal wedding dress to be photographed while being worn.
Princess Mary and King George V, 1893
Princess Mary of Teck was originally betrothed to Prince Albert, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. But he died of pneumonia. She later became engaged to Albert's next surviving brother, George, who subsequently became king. The pair wed on July 6, 1893 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and King George VI, 1923
Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George, Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon -- that's Queen Elizabeth's mum -- were married on April 26, 1923. To lift the spirits of the nation following the horrors of World War I, their nuptials were held at Westminster Abbey instead of at a private royal chapel. George would later become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 1947
Queen Elizabeth II was a 21-year-old princess when she married Philip Mountbatten, former Prince of Greece and Denmark. With Britain still reeling from WWII, the future queen had to use ration coupons to purchase the material for her Norman Hartnell-designed gown.
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1956
Hollywood and royalty collided in 1955 when American actress Grace met Monaco's Prince Rainier at the Cannes Film Festival. After a whirlwind courtship the two were married in a grand Roman Catholic ceremony less than a year later in what many dubbed the wedding of the century. Very Harry and Meghan if we do say so ourselves.
Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1960
Until their engagement Princess Margaret’s relationship with Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a fashion photographer, was a well-kept secret. They tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. Margaret’s simple but chic dress was the epitome of 60's fashion with a fitted bodice and a full skirt of fine silk.
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, 1973
Queen Elizabeth's only daughter Princess Anne was said to have designed many aspects of the embroidered Tudor-style wedding gown -- which featured a high collar and medieval sleeves -- that she wore to marry Mark Phillips. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey on November 14, 1973 -- her brother Prince Charles' birthday. It was declared a public holiday in keeping with royal tradition.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles, 1981
The world stopped to watch the 'people's princess' Lady Diana Spencer marry heir to the British throne Prince Charles in 1981. Diana's ivory silk taffeta gown was decorated with 10,000 pearls and had a 25-foot train -- the longest in the royal wedding history.
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark, 2004
When Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson met the future king of Denmark at a bar in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics she had no idea who he was. Fast-forward four years and the couple were married in Copenhagen in a ceremony that blended Danish tradition and Aussie references, including eucalyptus in the bride's bouquet.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton, 2011
From the dress (Alexander McQueen) to the bridesmaids (hello, Pippa) and the historic venue (Westminster Abbey no less), Will and Kate's wedding was truly the stuff of fairy-tales. One million well-wishers lined the streets outside Buckingham Palace, while around the world tens of millions more watched the event on screen and online.
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