A wedding is one of the most beautiful ceremonies of every couple’s life. Two people deciding to give each other the time of their lives while agreeing to share in each other’s happiness and sadness- how sweet, isn’t it? Well, what adds all the more charm to this beautiful affair, is the grandeur with which it is celebrated all across the world.
And, the following list is an account of some of the greatest royal weddings the world has seen and that drew maximum attention from the world.
#1. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
The grandmother of Europe (as she was fondly called because she married her kids off to the noble families in all of Europe) married her first cousin, Prince Albert, in a lavish ceremony that drew a lot of attention, especially from the people of England. The main reason for grabbing so much of attention was that it was the first time since 1554, when a Queen was getting married! The wedding took place on February 10, 1840, at the Chapel Royal, St. James Palace.
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The dress that Queen Victoria wore on the day of her wedding was also a sight to behold. The lace on the dress alone came with a price tag of £1000. It measured up to four yards and was three quarters of a yard in depth. It was created by around 200 people for about four months! That is, dare I say; fit for royalty.
#2. King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor and Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson
This wedding drew even more attention from all over the world than the previous one, but for all the wrong reasons. As far as the people of that time are considered, it was the scandal of the century! And, it was a scandal because Wallis Simpson was in fact, a divorced socialite, who was waiting for her second divorce to be finalised. So was the Duke. He had abdicated the throne for Wallis. They got married on June 3, 1937, at Chateau de Cande, in France. The ceremony was boycotted by the British Royal Family.
The dress that Wallis Simpson wore at her wedding to Duke Edward VIII, was designed by noted Parisian designer, Mainbocher. He created a shade of blue for the dress to match Wallis Simpson’s eyes. That shade of blue is called the Wallis Blue.
#3. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer
Theirs was the greatest wedding of them all because quite literally, the whole world tuned in to watch Princess Diana walking down the aisle. The wedding of the century took place on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England. It was the most-watched event on T.V. at that time. Everything about the wedding was over-the-top in a very royal way! The wedding gown that Princess Diana wore had a 25-feet long train. It still holds the record for being the longest train ever worn at a royal wedding.
Even though the marriage was short-lived, and not exactly hunky-dory, the wedding will always be remembered as the best wedding of recent times!
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#4. Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI of France
This union (termed unholy by many till today) was solemnised on May 16, 1770, at the Palace of Versailles, in France. Marie Antoinette was the daughter of Austrian-Roman royal ancestry. This marriage was fixed for political reasons with France, hoping that it would strengthen its ties with Austria.
In spite of all this, the wedding was well-attended, and news of it reached all around the world. Over 5,000 important luminaries attended, while another 200,000 piled up on the roads to catch a glimpse of their future Queen and King.
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The exact details on the gown are a bit contradictory. However, the fact that it was adorned with innumerable diamonds and pearls, is true. Even the King’s dress was made of silver and gold.
#5. Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly
This was also considered as the wedding of the century. Grace Kelly was a huge Hollywood star at that time. She wielded as much influence and power as (if not more) Angelina Jolie does today. Naturally, her wedding to an actual prince was quite the talk of the town. It took place on April 18, 1956, in Monte Carlo. 30 million people viewed it all over the world. Around 600 guests were flown in for the ceremony.
Grace Kelly’s wedding dress was a gift from MGM Studios and remains one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time.
#6. Prince Abdullah Bin Al-Hussein and Rania Al-Yassin
The son of the Jordan King, Hussein, Prince Abdullah, met his bride-to-be, a 22-year-old Rania Al-Yassin, who was the daughter of a Palestinian doctor, at a dinner party. They married on June 10, 1993, in Amman, Jordan. The marriage proved lucky, as soon afterwards, Prince Abdullah was declared the heir to the throne.
At that time, Rania was the youngest Queen in the world. And, at present, he and Rania are the King and Queen of Jordan.
#7. Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Of Brunei and Princess Pengiran Anak Sarah
The holy union of the Crown Prince and his wife was held on September 9, 2004, at Istana Nurul Iman Palace, in Bandar Seri Begawan. Around 2000 guests (mostly other royals from around the world) attended this grand celebration, which mounted up to nearly $60 million, of which around $200,000 were spent on fireworks alone.
The lavish ceremony saw the princess flaunting various attires for different events- the wedding ceremony, wedding buffet, etc. The King was the Crown Prince at the time and now, the two raise a large family in Brunei. Around 102 limousines were contracted to ferry the guests around. The marriage ceremony was completed over the course of 14 days.
#8. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
They got married in one of the most talked-about weddings of their time. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth got married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. The ceremony was broadcasted live over the radio to over 200 million people!
The wedding gown that the Queen wore was a long-sleeved and figure-hugging one. Another interesting tale belongs to Princess Elizabeth’s wedding ensemble. On the morning of her wedding, her tiara snapped as she was dressing up. But, the court jeweller was luckily present there, and he fixed the accessory. Unlike other royals, Queen Elizabeth did her own makeup on her wedding day. They are married even today, and are probably one of the oldest living royal couples in the world.
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Royal people are also some of the most-respected and followed ones in the world, almost like celebrities. It is therefore, natural that their weddings draw attention from all corners of the world. The weddings in this list are still talked-about today, even though some of them took place almost half a century ago!