The news of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle has us dreaming of royal weddings of the past, and so we invite you to take a trip down memory lane with Us! Click through to see our favorite royal wedding dresses on Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Madeleine of Sweden and more. From lace gowns to impressive trains, the stunning details are sure to delight.
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Most Amazing Royal Wedding Dresses Ever
There's nothing more glamorous than a royal wedding—except for the royal wedding dress! Click through to see Us Weekly's favorite royal wedding dresses on Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia of Spain, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and more!
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Queen Elizabeth II of England
Still Princess Elizabeth at the time, the long-reigning monarch wed her husband, Philip Mountbatten, in 1947 wearing a fit-and-flare dress embellished with a floral print and 10,000 seed pearls by Norman Hartnell. Because she was married at the end of World War II, Elizabeth actually purchased the material for the dress (a soft white satin) using ration coupons.
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Princess Grace of Monaco
In 1956, the Oscar-winning American actress married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a dress by MGM studio costume designer Helen Rose. It was created from 125-year-old Valenciennes rose-point lace, silk taffeta and 98 yards of tulle and took more than a dozen seamstresses six weeks to complete.
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Princess Diana of Wales
The most famous wedding gown in the world was created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and featured 275 yards of pearl-studded silk taffeta, tulle and netting. They designed the 25-foot train with the scale of St. Paul's cathedral (the location of Diana and Charles' 1983 royal nuptials) in mind.
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Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson
"There will never be a dress to match it," Sarah Ferguson has said of the Lindka Cierach ivory duchess satin gown she wore for her 1986 nuptials to Britain's Prince Andrew. It featured a large beaded 'A' for 'Andrew' on the bottom of the 17-foot train.
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Queen Rania of Jordan
The 22-year-old executive-in-training, married Jordan's Prince Abdullah in 1993 after less than a year of courtship. She wore a gold-trimmed short-sleeve gown designed by Bruce Oldfield, who later revealed that Rania's wedding updo was so high that she had trouble getting into cars.
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Crown Princess Masako of Japan
After wearing traditional waxed wigs and 30 pounds of ceremonial garments by designer Hanae Mori for her 1993 wedding to Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, Masako donned a more contemporary ivory gown.
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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
It took more than 25 seamstresses to create the $225,000 ivory silk Valentino gown that the New York City socialite wore to her 1995 wedding to Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece. The tiara was borrowed from her new mother-in law.
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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
In 2001, the single mother married the Crown Prince of Norway in a simple silk crepe and tulle long-sleeve Ove Harder Finseth gown with a nearly 20 foot train. Her antique tiara was a gift from the King and Queen.
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Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
In 2002, Argentinean banker Máxima Zorreguieta married Prince Willem-Alexander, the Netherlands' future king, in a long-sleeve ivory silk Valentino gown with a 16.4 foot lace train. She also wore a diamond tiara and lace veil.
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Queen Letizia of Spain
In 2004, the journalist married Felipe de Borbon (the heir apparent to the Spanish throne) in an off-white Manuel Pertegaz gown with a silk veil and a nearly 15 foot train. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos.
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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
At her 2004 wedding to Prince Frederik, the bride wore a scoop-neck ivory satin gown designed by Uffe Frank with a veil first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905.
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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
In 2010, the 32-year-old bride walked down the aisle in a cream-colored duchess satin Pär Engsheden gown with a 16.5 foot train. Notable accessory: A gold and pearl Cameo tiara which the bride's mother, Queen Silvia, also wore to her own wedding on the same day in 1976.
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Annemarie, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza
Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma's bride wowed in a mermaid-style dress with a crisscrossed, ruched bodice, and a magnificent train, paired with a long lace veil, a pearl-topped tiara, and pearl earrings, during her 2010 wedding.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton wore a custom-made Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton to her 2011 nuptials to Prince William at Westminster Abbey. The dress boasted lace sleeves, a V-neckline, a Victorian-style semi-bustle, and a lace hem crafted by the Royal School of Needlework. She topped it all off with a diamond tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth II herself.
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Princess Charlene of Monaco
Walking down the aisle to wed Prince Albert in 2011, the former Olympic swimmer modeled an off-the-shoulder Armani dress, which was crafted from silk duchess satin and silk organza. It was embellished with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops, and 30,000 gold stones, weaved to create a floral pattern.
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Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg
In 2012, the countess married Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume while sporting a custom Elie Saab dress, complete with long, lace sleeves and an A-line bodice. The cream creation boasted a 13-foot-long train and 50,000 pearls, each sewn with silver thread.
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Princess Claire of Luxembourg
The heiress-turned-princess wed Prince Felix in 2013, wearing a bespoke Elie Saab creation embellished with Chantilly lace. She also rocked a nine-foot veil with a floral design, which sat beneath a diamond tiara (the same one favored by Grand Duchess Maria Theresa).
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Princess Madeleine of Sweden
The princess, who wed American financier Christopher O'Neill in 2013, donned a Valentino dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline, a lace hemline, and a rose print throughout on her special day. She topped the ensemble off with a glittering fringe tiara, which she embellished with orange blossoms.
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Princess Sofia of Sweden
When tying the knot with Prince Carl Philip in 2015, the former model and reality TV star stunned in a crepe and silk organza gown by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, trimmed in lace from Jose Maria Ruiz. She added a diamond and emerald tiara, a gift from her in-laws, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, as her "something new."
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