46 of the Most Extravagant Royal Weddings From Around the World
The year 2018 was one of
QUEEN ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILLIP
SHAH MOHAMMAD REZA PAHLAVI AND QUEEN SORAYA OF IRAN
Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari became Queen of Iran when she married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in a 44-pound Christian Dior wedding dress embroidered with pearls, diamonds, and feathers. The couple divorced seven years after their 1951 nuptials.
PRINCE RAINIER AND GRACE KELLY
It was a fairytale come to life when
SHAH MOHAMMAD REZA PAHLAVI AND EMPRESS FARAH PAHLAVI OF IRAN
The Shah of Iran married his third wife, Farah Diba at the Golestan
PRINCESS MARGARET AND ANTONY ARMSTRONG-JONES
Princess Margaret and photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones married at Westminster Abbey in 1960, making him the first "commoner" to marry a King's daughter in 400 years. The two were married for nearly 20 years until their scandalous divorce in 1978.
PRINCESS ANNE AND MARK PHILLIPS
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips wed in 1973 at the Westminster Abbey. The two would later have two children
PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS DIANA
In what was dubbed the wedding of the century, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in 1981.
PRINCE ANDREW AND SARAH FERGUSON
The queen's third child, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson, who he was introduced to through Princess Diana, at Westminster Abbey in 1986.
LADY HELEN OF WINDSOR AND TIM TAYLOR
In 1992 the Duke and Duchess of Kent's daughter Lady Helen Windsor married respected art dealer Tim Taylor in a Catherine Walker wedding dress at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
KING ABDULLAH II AND QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN
After meeting at a dinner party, King Abdulah II of Jordan and Rania married at the Zahran Palace in 1993.
PRINCE NARUHITO AND PRINCESS MASAKO OF JAPAN
This year marks the Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan's 25th wedding anniversary, as the couple prepares to ascend to the throne as Japan's Emperor and Empress next year.
CROWN PRINCE PAVLOS OF GREECE AND MARIE-CHANTAL MILLER
The wedding of the exiled-Crown Prince of Greece and heiress Marie-Chantal Miller drew nobility from all around Europe to London's Greek Orthodox church, St. Sophia's Cathedral.
PRINCE EDWARD AND SOPHIE RHYS-JONES
Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, married public-relations executive, Sophie Rhys-Jones at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in 1999, bestowing upon them the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex.
PRINCE HAAKON OF NORWAY AND PRINCESS METTE-MARIT
The Crown Prince of Norway married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in August 2001 at Oslo's Cathedral. After a scandalous engagement, due to Mette-Marit's party girl past, the Prince decided to walk his bride down the aisle as a sign of support.
PRINCESS MARTHA-LOUISE AND ARI BEHN OF NORWAY
In 2002, the only daughter of King Harald V of Norway, Princess Martha-Louise married longtime friend and writer Ari Behn at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. After a 14
PRINCE FRISO OF ORANGE-NASSAU AND MABEL WISSE SMIT
The younger brother of Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso married Mabel in 2004 after renouncing his title of Prince of the Netherlands. The couple had two daughters together but sadly after a skiing accident in
BRUNEIAN CROWN PRINCE AL-MUHTADEE BILLAH AND BOLKIAH SARAH SALLEH
The Crown Prince of Brunei married Sarah Salleh in 2004 after a series of traditional ceremonies in Bandar Seri Begawan.
LADY DAVINA WINDSOR AND GARY LEWIS
The daughter of Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester married Gary Lewis at Kensington Palace in 2004.
KING FELIPE AND QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN
The couple, who have since been crowned as King and Queen of Spain, were married in 2004 at the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid. They have two daughters.
CROWN PRINCE FREDERIK AND MARY DONALDSON OF DENMARK
Crown Prince Frederik, married Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004.
PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES
Prince Charles married his second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2005. The couple was legally married in a small civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall followed by a marriage blessing at St. George's Chapel and reception inside Windsor Castle.
PETER PHILLIPS AND AUTUMN KELLY
Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Peter Phillips married Canadian-born Autumn Kelly in 2008 at St. George's Chapel. The couple has two daughters together and although they are not considered 'working royals', they attend events with their extended family such as the Trooping the Colour Parade and Christmas at Sandringham each year.
PRINCE JOACHIM AND PRINCESS MARIE OF DENMARK
In 2008, Prince Joachim of Denmark married his second wife, Marie Cavallier (now Princess Marie of Denmark). The couple held the ceremony at Møgeltønder church followed by a reception at Schackenborg Castle.
PRINCE NIKOLAOS OF GREECE AND TATIANA BLATNIK
The third son of deposed King Constantine of Greece, Prince Nikolaos, married Tatiana Blatnik, a former events planner for Diane von Furstenberg, on the Greek island of Spetses in 2010.
PRINCESS VICTORIA AND PRINCE DANIEL OF SWEDEN
In 2010, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling in Stockholm. The couple is now the proud parents of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON
Prince William tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton at the Westminster Abbey in a grand ceremony, fit for the future King of England, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace. The Prince donned a military uniform while Kate's wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
KING JIGME KHESAR NAMGYEL WANGCHUCK AND QUEEN JETSUN PEMA OF BHUTAN
The King of Bhutan married the 21-year old student Jetsun Pema in a lavish ceremony at a 17th-century fortress in the nation's capital, Thimpu's Changlimithang.
PRINCE ALBERT AND PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO
In 2011, the notorious playboy and son of the late Grace Kelly, Prince Albert of Monaco married South-African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in Monte Carlo. Upon tradition, the couple was married in a civil service followed by a church service the next day.
ZARA PHILLIPS AND MIKE TINDALL
Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Phillips married former Rugby player Mike Tindall in a private ceremony in Edinburgh back in 2011. Zara wore a wedding dress by Stewart Parvin accompanied by Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara from Princess Anne's collection.
PRINCE GUILLAUME AND PRINCESS STEPHANIE OF LUXEMBOURG
The wedding of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine de Lannoy took place in Luxembourg City in 2012.
PRINCESS MARIA CAROLINA CHRISTINA OF BOURBON-PARMA AND ALBERT ALPHONS LUDGERUS BRENNINKMEIJER
Princess Carolina, the daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and the late Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma married Albert Brenninkmeijer in 2012. The couple had already been married legally in the Netherlands a few months
PRINCE FÉLIX AND PRINCESS CLAIRE OF LUXEMBOURG
In 2013 Prince Félix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher, the daughter of a German telecom millionaire, were married in a private civil ceremony at the Villa Rothschild
PRINCESS MADELEINE AND CHRISTOPHER
O'NEILL OF SWEDEN
After meeting in New York City, Princess Madeleine of Sweden married American-British financier Christopher O'Neill at the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace in 2013.
PIERRE CASIRAGHI OF MONACO AND BEATRICE BORROMEO
The grandson of Grace Kelly, Pierre Casiraghi wed his longtime girlfriend, Italian aristocrat Beatrice Borromeo in
PRINCE CARL PHILLIP AND PRINCESS SOFIA OF SWEDEN
Swedish prince, Carl Phillip married former reality star, Sofia Hellqvist at Stockholm's Royal Palace in 2015.
LADY CHARLOTTE WELLESLEY AND ALEJANDRO SANTO DOMINGO
Lady Charlotte Wellesley, the daughter of the Duke of Wellington, married billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress in Íllora, Spain.
PRINCE ERNST AUGUST JR. OF HANOVER AND EKATERINA MALYSHEVA
Prince Ernst August Jr. of Hanover married Russian fashion designer, Ekaterina Malysheva in a royal ceremony at Hanover Market Church followed by a reception at Marienburg Castle. The prince's father opposed the wedding and neither he nor his wife Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the event. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Princess Elisabeth, in 2018.
PIPPA MIDDLETON AND JAMES MATTHEWS
Prince William's sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton married her longtime beau, James Matthews in 2017 during a private ceremony at St. Mark's
PRINCE CHRISTIAN OF HANOVER AND ALESSANDRA DE OSMA
In 2018, Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra de Osma were married at the Basilica San Pedro in Lima, Peru, the bride's native country and where the couple met in 2005.
PRINCESS EUGENIE AND JACK BROOKSBANK
In October of 2018, the Queen's granddaughter Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The bride looked beautiful walking down the aisle wearing a Peter Pilotto wedding dress–which will now be on display at Windsor Castle–and the Greville Tiara as a host of celebrity and aristocratic guests, as well as the entire royal
DUCHESS SOPHIE OF WÜRTTEMBERG OF GERMANY AND COUNT MAXIMILIAN OF ANDIGNÉ
In 2018 Duchess Sophie of Württemberg, the daughter of Prince Philip of Württemberg, married French aristocrat Maximilien of Andigné in a small ceremony at the Castle of Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps of Germany.
CELIA MCCORQUODALE AND GEORGE WOODHOUSE
PRINCESS AYAKO OF JAPAN AND KEI MORIYA
In 2018, Princess Ayako of Japan renounced her royal title in order to marry commoner Kei Moriya. The couple married in a private and traditional ceremony in Tokyo.
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE
Prince Harry captured the world's attention when he married American actress, Meghan Markle in
MOUNBATTEN AND JAMES COYLE
The Queen's third cousin once removed, Ivar
PRINCE KONSTANTIN OF BAVARIA AND PRINCESS DENIZ
In 2018, Prince Konstantin of Bavaria married Deniz Kaya at the Eglise
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