10 best Royal wedding dresses from Meghan Markle and Princess Beatrice to Kate Middleton and Diana

PRINCESS Beatrice stunned royal watchers this summer by hosting a secret wedding with close family as she tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 

The 32-year-old princess looked sensational in a breathtaking gown that belongs to the Queen – and she’s not the only royal to have dazzled on their wedding days.

Here, Fabulous looks back at the most beautiful royal wedding gowns that will go down in history…

1. Kate Middleton

Millions of people around the world tuned in on April 29, 2011 to watch the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

British designer Sarah Burton from luxury fashion house of Alexander McQueen was given the honour of designing Kate’s iconic dress.

The dressmaker and designs were kept secret until the day of the wedding, and only when the Duchess stepped out of the car was the designer revealed.

The dress consisted of an ivory satin bodice with lace applique, incorporating a floral pattern, and long lace sleeves. 

The back of the dress had 58 buttons of gazar, and in total the skirt, underskirt and bridal train measured a staggering 8ft 8ins long.

The dress is estimated to have cost £250,000, making it one of the most expensive dresses ever made.

2. Meghan Markle

Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry took place in Windsor on May 19, 2018 and there was a lot of speculation about her wedding dress beforehand.

Meghan stunned onlookers as she arrived at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in a stunning bespoke gown by Givenchy, created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, which is estimated to cost around £100,000. 

Meghan and Clare worked closely together on the design, which featured a graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully framed the shoulders and emphasised Meghan’s slender waist.

It had a 16ft train and veil which was adorned with the flowers of the 53 commonwealth countries, and it took an incredible 3,900 hours over the course of four months to create. 

It was confirmed she wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau, made in 1932.

3. Princess Diana

Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress is one of the most famous in the world when it debuted at St Paul’s Cathedral in July 1981. 

It was designed by close friend David Emanuel, who was a close confidante of Diana before and after her wedding to Prince Charles.

The gown was an ivory, silk taffeta and antique lace gown, which boasted a whopping 25ft train.

It soon set numerous wedding fashion trains, with its puffed sleeves, full skirt and soft touch fabrics.

David Emmanuel described it as being "suitably dramatic in order to make an impression".

4. Princess Eugenie

Eugenie walked down the aisle with Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in a gown by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vo in October 2018. 

The £200,000 dress featured a neckline that folded around the shoulders to a low back, which draped into a flowing full-length train.

The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Eugenie, who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.

The fabric included a number of symbols that were meaningful to Eugenie as motifs.

The symbols were a Thistle for Scotland, acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home.

5. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York

Sarah, Duchess of York, married Prince Andrew in July 1986, at Westminster Abbey. 

The mum-of-two opted for an ivory-silk gown designed by Lindka Cierach, which was believed to have cost £35,000.

The show-stopping dress featured a whopping 17-foot train embroidered with the initials A and S in silver beads, and she also wore a 20-foot long veil. 

Sarah finished off the outfit with a floral crown and a diamond tiara, lent to her by the Queen. 

6. Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice excited royal fans this year by having a secret wedding to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor. 

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the couple had around 20 guests including the Queen and Prince Philip.

Princess Beatrice wore a vintage ivory gown made from Peau De Soie taffeta that was designed by Norman Hartnell and belongs to the Queen. 

The dress Princess Beatrice wore was a vintage frock her great-grandmother wore to a State Dinner she hosted at the British Embassy in Rome on 4th May 1961. 

Beatrice didn't just borrow any tiara, as she wore the exact one the Queen wore for her own wedding in 1947.

7. Zara Tindall

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall (then Phillips) tied the knot with rugby union star Mike Tindall in July 2011 in Edinburgh. 

Zara looked angelic in an ivory silk dress by designer Stewart Parvin, one of her grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s favorite couturiers.

Her dress was a full-skirted silk faille and duchess satin gown with a chevron pleated corseted bodice. 

She also wore a fine tulle veil and a diamond tiara was a loan from her mother.

8. Sophie Wessex 

Public Relations guru Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, looked sensational when she tied the knot with the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward in 1999 at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Sophie opted for a gown by Samantha Shaw which had a v-shaped neckline and a hand-dyed silk organza and silk crepe design.

It was embellished with 325,000 pearls and crystal beads and teamed with a spotted crystal detail veil.

9. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla tied the knot with Prince Charles on 9 April 2005 at Windsor Guildhall, and one of her two looks of the day was a cream silk chiffon dress.

Over the top, she wore a pale blue oyster silk coat with gold detailing by Robinson Valentine. 

She finished off the striking look with a golden feather headpiece by Philip Treacy. 

Camilla carried a small posy of spring flowers.

10. The Queen

When the Queen and Prince Philip married over 70 years ago, even members of the royal family couldn't escape the post-wartime rationing.

Which is why Her Maj ended up paying for her wedding gown with coupons.

The pair married on November 20, 1947, just two years after World War II ended, when rationing was still in place throughout Britain.

According to Market Watch, just like any other person in the UK, the Queen had to save up her coupons to purchase the materials needed to make her gown.

Despite the extreme couponing, the dress was still extravagant in design, made from ivory silk and featuring a 13-foot train.

It was also adorned in crystals as well as 10,000 seed pearls imported from the US.

The pair married at Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests.

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