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30 Stunning Royal Wedding Dresses Throughout History

From Grace Kelly to Duchess Kate, here's what our favorite royal brides wore on their big day.
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Every bride expects to have a fairytale entrance on her wedding day—especially royal brides. Here are a few wedding dresses just as enchanting as the royal women who wore them.

DUCHESS OF WINDSOR WALLIS SIMPSON AND THE DUKE OF WINDSOR EDWARD VIII (1937)


The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were married on June 3, 1937 at the Château de Candé in France. Duchess Wallis wore a signature "Wallis blue" Mainbocher wedding dress, which was a soft blue crêpe color with a tight, buttoned bodice.

More: How Wallis Simpson Convinced King Edward VIII to Give Up the British Crown

PRINCESS ELIZABETH AND PRINCE PHILIP MOUNTBATTEN (1947)


Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip Mountbatten were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Princess Elizabeth—now Queen Elizabeth II—wore Norman Hartnell long-sleeve dress with a high neckline, tailored bodice, and short train.

More: The True Story of Queen Elizabeth II's Wedding Dress

QUEEN SORAYA OF IRAN AND SHAH MOHAMMAD REZA PAHLAVI (1951)


Queen Soraya of Iran married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on February 12, 1951 and Marble Palace in Tehran. She wore a 44-pound strapless dress made of 37 yards of silver lamé, studded with pearls, 6,000 diamond pieces, and 20,000 marabou feathers.

PRINCESS GRACE KELLY OF MONACO AND PRINCE RAINIER (1956)


Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco married Prince Rainier in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco on April 18, 1956. Designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose, Princess Grace's wedding dress was the ultimate fairy princess look, complete with an embroidered pearl and Brussels lace bodice.

DONA FABIOLA OF SPAIN AND KING BAUDOUIN OF BELGIUM (1960)


Dona Fabiola of Spain married King Baudouin of Belgium on December 15, 1960 in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. Designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, her wedding dress featured a high neckline trimmed in ermine fur, and three-quarter length sleeves with a drop waist and a full skirt.

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PRINCESS ANNE MARIE OF DENMARK AND KING CONSTANTINE II OF GREECE (1964)


Princess Anne Marie was married in a simple high-waist gown with a delicate lace skirt detail. She and King Constantine II held their wedding at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation in Athens on September 18, 1964.

PRINCESS CAROLINE OF MONACO AND PHILIPPE JUNOT (1978)


Princess Caroline of Monaco married Philippe Junot on June 28, 1978 in Monaco. Her 70s-style wedding dress, designed by Marc Bohan, featured translucent lace bell sleeves and a delicate skirt decorated with lace flowers.

QUEEN NOOR AND KING HUSSAIN OF JORDAN (1978)


Queen Noor and King Hussain of Jordan were married on June 15, 1978 in Amman, Jordan. Her wedding dress was a simple silk crêpe gown, featuring a high neckline with elegant gold detailing that drew attention to her bell sleeves.

PRINCESS DIANA AND PRINCE CHARLES OF WALES (1981)


Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales were married on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Deemed the "most closely guarded secret in fashion history," her wedding dress was created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The elaborately embroidered gown was adorned with 10,000 pearls and had a 25-foot-long train.

DUCHESS OF YORK SARAH FERGUSON AND PRINCE ANDREW (1986)


Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew on July 23, 1986 at Westminster Abbey. Ferguson's wedding dress, designed by Lindka Cierach, featured heavy beadwork, depicting symbols that were personally significant to the couple—including hearts, anchors, thistles, and bumblebees.

LADY HELEN OF WINDSOR AND TIM TAYLOR (1992)


Lady Helen of Windsor married art dealer Tim Taylor on April 28, 1964 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The location of the wedding, specifically the arches, inspired the designer who gave Lady Helen's wedding gown its unique wide neckline and short sleeves.

PRINCESS MASAKO OF JAPAN AND PRINCE NARUHITO (1993)


Princess Masako of Japan wore an ivory gown with a large, ruffled neckline on her wedding day. She and Prince Naruhito held their wedding at the Shinto shrine of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on June 9, 1993.

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QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN AND PRINCE ABDULLAH (1993)


Queen Rania of Jordan married Prince Abdullah on June 10, 1993 in Amman. She wore an intricate gown, created by British designer Bruce Oldfield, with a voluminous skirt and gold-detailed trim.

See more: Princess Eugenie is Engaged!

PRINCESS MARIE-CHANTEL OF GREECE WALKING WITH HER FATHER ROBERT MILLER (1995)


Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece married Prince Pavlov on July 1, 1995 at St Sophia's Cathedral in London. She wore an ivory lace Valentino gown studded with rose appliques and sleeves decorated with more floral motifs.

PRINCESS METTE-MARIT OF NORWAY AND PRINCE HAAKON (2001)


Princess Mette-Marit married Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon on August 25, 2001 in Oslo, Norway at Oslo Cathedral. She wore a custom-dyed ecru silk crêpe with a 6-foot train and a nearly 20-foot veil.

PRINCESS MARTHA-LOUISE AND ARI BEHN OF NORWAY (2002)


Princess Martha-Louise and Ari Behn of Norway were married in Trondheim, Norway on May 24, 2002. Princess Martha-Louise's two-piece gown consisted of a Swarovski crystal-embellished coat with trumpet sleeves and a 9-foot train. The dress underneath was a simple, sleeveless white silk crêpe.

QUEEN LETIZIA ORTIZ OF SPAIN AND KING FELIPE (2004)


Queen Letizia Ortiz of Spain married King Felipe in the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, on May 22, 2004. Her wedding gown, designed by Manuel Pertegaz, consists of natural silk, woven with silver and gold thread, and a 15-foot train.

MARY DONALDSON OF DENMARK AND CROWN PRINCE FREDERIK (2004)


Mary Donaldson of Denmark married Crown Prince Frederik on May 14, 2004 at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. Donaldson's wedding dress, created by Danish designer Uffe Frank, was made of an ivory duchess satin with a scoop neckline, a slim-fit bodice, and lily-like sleeves.

MABEL WISSE SMIT OF NORWAY AND DUTCH PRINCE JOHAN FRISO (2004)


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Mabel Wisse Smit of Norway and Dutch Prince Johan Friso married in Delft, Netherlands on April 24, 2004. Smit's gown was an unconventional snow-white, double-faced duchesse satin dress. The gown had a bateau neckline, long sleeves, and a flared skirt that extended into a 10-foot train.

CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND PRINCE CHARLES (2005)


Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall married Prince Charles of Wales on April 9, 2005 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Guildhall. Camilla wore a soft blue chiffon dress with a sleek blue and gold damask coat. The collar of the coat was embellished with gold embroidery.

PRINCESS MARIE OF DENMARK AND PRINCE JOACHIM (2008)


Princess Marie of Denmark married Prince Joachim on May 24, 2008 at Møgeltønder Church. Her dress was designed by David Arasa and Claudio Morelli. Covered in lace from head to toe, the low-waist, ivory silk faille gown also featured a floral pattern in raised satin stitch.

PRINCESS VICTORIA AND PRINCE DANIEL OF SWEDEN (2010)


Married on June 19, 2010, Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden had their wedding at Storkyrkan church in Stockholm, Sweden. Princess Victoria's wedding dress was made of cream duchess silk satin with a detachable 16-foot train, a rounded collar, and minimal embellishments.

ANNEMARIE, DUCHESS OF PARMA AND PIACENZA AND PRINCE CARLOS OF BOURBON-PARMA (2010)


Annemarie, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza married Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Parma on June 12, 2010 in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands. Duchess Annemarie's mermaid-style dress highlighted a crisscrossed, ruched bodice and an elegant train.

DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE KATE MIDDLETON AND PRINCE WILLIAM (2011)


Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William held their wedding at Westminster Abbey on August 29, 2011. Duchess Kate's iconic dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, featured Victorian-inspired corsetry, long sleeves, and a delicate lace flower collar.

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PRINCESS OF MONACO CHARLENE WITTSTOCK AND PRINCE ALBERT II (2011)


Princess of Monaco Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II were married on July 2, 2011 at the Prince's Palace of Monaco. Princess Charlene's Armani dress featured an off-the-shoulder top and embroidery consisting of 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops, and 30,000 gold stones.

PRINCESS HAJAH HAFIZAH SURURUL BOLKIAH AND PENGIRAN HAJI MUHAMMAD RUZAINI (2012)


Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah married Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini at the sultan's palace in Brunei on September 23, 2012. For her wedding banquet, Princess Majeedah Bolkiah wore a crystal-beaded silver gown accessorized with emeralds and a tiara veil.

COUNTESS STEPHANIE OF LUXEMBOURG AND PRINCE GUILLAUME (2012)


Countess Stephanie of Luxembourg married Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Guillaume on October 20, 2012 at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City. Her gown, consisting of a 13-foot train, was embellished with 50,000 pearls and 80,000 transparent crystals.

PRINCESS MADELEINE AND CHRISTOPHER O'NEILL OF SWEDEN (2013)


Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill of Sweden were married in Stockholm on June 8, 2013. Designed by Valentino, Princess Madeleine's gown had a wide neckline, short sleeves, a deep-cut back, and an emphasized waist. The dress was made from pleated silk organza with Chantilly lace.

PRINCESS CLAIRE OF LUXEMBOURG AND PRINCE FELIX (2013)


The wedding of Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Prince Felix took place on September 21, 2013 at Sainte Marie-Madeleine Basilica in France. Princess Claire's Elie Saab wedding dress was made from an ivory-colored silk, intricately embroidered with Chantilly lace floral designs, and silver thread.

PRINCESS SOFIA OF SWEDEN AND PRINCE CARL PHILIP (2015)


Princess Sofia Hellqvist married Prince Carl Philip on June 13, 2015 at Slottskyrkan church in Stockholm. Princess Sofia's wedding dress, created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, an A-line silhouette, an open V-neck neckline, and an empire waist— including handmade lace in three shades of white.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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