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The Most Important Royal Weddings In History

The key marriages (and brides) that marked the world's best-known monarchies.
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Royal weddings. Just the sheer mention of them is enough to make even the most modern of women giddy. Don't pretend your interest isn't piqued…

What will she wear? Will they have a public kiss? Who is on the guest list? And–even more juicy–who isn't?! Give me all the nitty, gritty details. With one of the most anticipated royal weddings on the horizon between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and with Princess Eugenie of York's impending nuptials to follow, we couldn't help but wonder about the weddings of their ancestors, and other royals alike, that came before them.

We're not just talking about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—although they may be the most epic of modern day royal nuptials next to the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana of Wales. Royal weddings, as we know, have a certain protocol that one is expected to adhere to. Little margin is left for error when it comes to where and when a royal couple (or in more current cases, a half-royal couple) should wed, what he and she should wear and what decor and logistical details of the day are considered to be too garish for a public figure, or not polished enough for someone of regal lineage. Here, a look back at the most notable royal weddings throughout history to offer some insight into the style, the family trees and the countries that influenced our modern-day obsession.

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1889


The Duke and Duchess of Fife, Princess Royal at their wedding in Buckingham Palace, London.

 

1919


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Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg with her husband Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma on their wedding day.

 

1922


Queen Mary, King George V, with their daughter Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary, the Princess Royal, and Viscount Lascelle, 6th Earl of Harewood, on their wedding day.

 

1923


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Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon leaves her home for her wedding to the Duke of York, the future King George VI. 

 

1923


The wedding of the Duke of York, later George VI, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon.

 

1923


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King George V of Great Britain and Queen Mary on the wedding day of their son George, to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. On the left are Earl and Countess of Stramor.

                                                                                                           

1926


The Grand Duke of Russia, Dmitri Pavlovitch and his bride, Audrey Emery.                             

1930           


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King Umberto II of Italy and Princess Marie José of Belgium, on their wedding day.

                                                                                               

1930                 


Princess Giovanna of Italy and King Boris III of Bulgaria on the day of their wedding in 1930 at the Basilica of Saint Francis, Assisi, Italy.

                                                                                               

1935                                                                                                           

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Princess Emmanuelle of Dampierre and Spanish Infante Don Jaime, son of King of Spain Alfonso XIII at the Saint Ignatius church where they got married in Rome, Italy.

                                                                                               

1937   


Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson on their wedding day at Chateau de Conde, Monts, near Tours, France.

 

1947      


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Princess Elizabeth with Philip Mountbatten on their wedding day.

                                                                                               

1949                                                                                                         

                     

Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth at their wedding reception at the Chateau De L'Horizon.

                                                                                               

1951   


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Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi with his second wife Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari in Tehran, Iran.

                                                                                               

1956                                                                                                             


Wedding portrait of Prince of Monaco and Princess Grace in Monaco.

                                                                                               

1960             


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Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko of Japan wearing their traditional wedding attire of a sokutai for him and a junihitoe for her on their wedding day in Tokyo, Japan.

 

1960                                                                                                          


Wedding of Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko 1960. Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako are shown with Crown Prince Akihito of Japan.

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1960


Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace.

                                                                                               

1960   


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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones after their wedding ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

                                                                                               

1962           


Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark, during their wedding in Athens, Greece.                                                                                 

1962                    


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View of the wedding of Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia of Greece and Denmark at The Royal Palace in Athens, Greece.

                                                                                               

1964   


                                                                                                                                

The wedding of Prince Amedeo of Savoy, 5th Duke of Aosta, to Princess Claude Marie Agnès Catherine d'Orleans, at Sintra, Portugal.                                                                                      

1966   


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The wedding of Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to Claus von Amsberg in the Town Hall in Amsterdam, Holland.                                                                         

1966   


                                                                                                                  Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands with Claus von Amsberg after their wedding at the Town Hall in Amsterdam, Holland.                                                                            

1973      


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Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.                                                                 

1978   


                                                                                                                           

King Hussein of Jordan with Lisa Halaby, later known as Queen Noor at The Royal Palace after their wedding ceremony.                                                                                     

1978   


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King Hussein of Jordan with Lisa Halaby, later known as Queen Noor during their wedding reception.                                                                                 

1981             


                                                                                                       

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with Diana, Princess of Wales on their wedding day on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

1981         


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Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing an Emanuel wedding dress, leaves St. Paul's Cathedral with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales following their wedding ceremony.                                                                                

1986


Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson wave outside of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.

1986          


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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson wave outside of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.                                                                                       

1993               


Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan and his future wife Masako Owada pose for photographs in traditional Japanese costume prior to their wedding in Tokyo.                                                                                    

1993   


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Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Crown Princess Masako pose after their wedding ceremony at the Tokyo Imperial Palace.                                                                                

1993   


Prince Abdullah with his bride Rania Yassine after their wedding ceremony at The Royal Palace in Amman.

1995        


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Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and his bride Marie-Chantal Miller, after their wedding ceremony at the Greek Orthodox St. Sophia Cathedral in London.                                                                                            

1995      


Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller leaving the Greek Orthodox St. Sophia Cathedral in London.                                                                                    

1997


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Spanish King Juan Carlos and his daughter the Infanta Cristina before her wedding in Barcelona, Spain.                                                                                         

1997                


                                                                                                          

Infanta Cristina of Bourbon and Inaki Undargarin leave the Cathedral of Barcelona after their wedding ceremony.

1999        


                                                                                                      

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Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones on their wedding day at Windsor Castle.                                                                                  

2001                     


                                                                                    

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Mette Marit Tjessen Hoiby in Oslo, Norway.                                                                           

2002             


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Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander and his new bride Crown Princess Máxima Zorreguieta at the church before their marriage in Amsterdam, Holland.                                                                                   

2002                  


Princess Martha Louise of Norway and writer Ari Behn wave from the balcony of the Stiftsgarden Palace after their wedding at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.                                                                                         

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2003                             


                                                                                  

Prince Laurent of Belgium and his bride Claire Coombs leave the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula after their marriage ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.                                                                                    

2004            


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Spanish Crown Prince Felipe de Bourbon and his bride, Princess Letizia Ortiz after their wedding ceremony at the Almudena cathedral in Madrid.                                                                                      

2004                                  


                                                                         

Crown Prince Felipe de Bourbon kisses his new wife Princess Letizia Ortiz during the celebratory wedding banquet at The Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.                                                                                  

2004                          


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Bruneian Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah and his bride, Sarah Salleh, sit in the throne chamber at the Balai Singgahsana, Indera Buana in Brunei.

2004


Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson wave from the balcony after their wedding ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark.                                                      

2005


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Prince of Wales and with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony.                                                       

2007


Princess Majeedah, the daughter of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah before her wedding day.                                                         

2007


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Royal Wedding of Princess Majeedah, the Daughter Of The Sultan Of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah to Yag Mulia Pengiran in Brunei Darussalam.   

2010     


                                                                                                                     

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland on the balcony The Royal Palace after their wedding in Storkyrkan Church in Stockholm.                                                      

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2010


Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland and her husband Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland kiss as they leave Storkyrkan Church after their wedding ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.                                            

2010


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Princess Annemarie Gualtherie van Weezel and Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme leave church after their royal wedding at Abbaye de la Cambre in Brussels, Belgium.                                                        

2011


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, England.                                                         

2011


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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge following their marriage at Westminster Abbey in London, England.                                                       

2011


Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert Of Monaco leave the palace after their religious ceremony in the main courtyard at Prince's Palace in Monaco, Monaco.                                                       

2011


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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, walk out after their marriage ceremony is completed in Punakha, Bhutan.                          

2012


Princess Maria Carolina de Bourbon-Parme greeted by the priest on as she arrived with her brother Carlos Javier for her royal wedding with Albert Brenninkmeijer at San Miniato al Monte Basilica in Florence.

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2013


Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill leave their wedding ceremony The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.                                               

2013


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Christopher O'Neill and Princess Madeleine of Sweden leave the Royal Palace of Stockholm by horse and carriage to Riddarholmen.

                                                      

2013


Princess Claire Of Luxembourg arrives to her wedding ceremony to Prince Felix Of Luxembourg at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France.

                                                     

2013


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Princess Claire Of Luxembourg and Prince Felix Of Luxembourg depart their wedding ceremony at Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France.

                                                    

2015


Prince Carl Philip of Sweden with Princess Sofia of Sweden at their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.

                                                                                                                                               

2015


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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden leave their wedding ceremony at The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.

                          

2016


Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic and his bride Ljubica Ljubisavljevic leave the church after their wedding ceremony at the St. George's Church in Oplenac, Serbia.

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