Take inspiration from the magnificent array of styles and fabrics that have adorned the world’s royal brides! Which royal wedding dress would you choose…?
Royal brides have inspired us all for decades. From Kate’s beautiful creation, to Princess Grace’s lace vision, brides still look to the royal women of this world as beautiful trend-setters to emulate. Here, we team up with Danish fashion writer and wedding fanatic, Rikke Ulsøe Nielsen, to share with you his beautiful illustrations and fashion advice from the most memorable royal wedding dresses the world has ever seen…
The Swedish Princess wore a simple satin dress with a daisy brooch for her wedding to Danish Crown Prince Frederik. Despite 1920’s features such as a sleek silhouette and long pearl necklaces, the wedding dress had a modern and minimalistic feel to it.
Queen Elizabeth chose an ivory silk duchesse dress with lavish embroidery and 10,000 pearls for her wedding to Phillip Mountbatten. With the wedding set in the post-war years, the material of the dress required ration coupons.
Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress is nothing but bridal perfection. From the elegant head piece to the chic lace sleeves, it’s no wonder that this Helen Rose dress has inspired brides from all over the world – including fellow royal Duchess Kate.
Belgian Princess Fabiola was trés chic in a fashion-forward dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga. With glamorous details such as satin gloves and a fur trim, the Spanish couturist made sure to create a look that went down in royal bridal history.
Holland’s retired Queen opted for a classic satin wedding dress with elegant ¾ sleeves, gloves, a 16-foot train and a pearl and diamond brooch. Unlike most royal brides, this princess wore a rather short veil to add an unexpected twist to the classic look.
Being Norway’s first commoner to marry a member of the royal family, Sonja’s wedding to Crown Prince Harald was truly a fairytale. The stylish Norwegian became a princess while wearing a modern wedding dress with clean lines and a high pearl-encrusted neck.
When Silva married King Gustaf, she went straight from German commoner to Swedish Queen. To make such a change in style, she chose Dior haute couture. Marc Bohan created a strikingly simple dress to go with the extravagant Cameo tiara.
Princess Caroline was one of the first brides to do a boho-chic look – years before the expression even existed! With flowers in her hair, sheer details and wide-cut sleeves, this bridal look by Dior was a fashionable take on the 70’s hippie trends.
Lady Di’s wedding dress is both loved and hated for its 80’s style bows and puff sleeves. Not to mention the record-breaking 25-foot train! This ivory silk taffeta dress is without a doubt one of the most memorable royal wedding dresses.
When Mathilde married Prince Philippe and became Belgium’s queen-to-be, she opted for a sophisticated two-piece look. The silk crepe dress and the stylish jacket with a high collar and ten small buttons was a perfect choice for their winter wedding.
Mette-Marit, a Norwegian single mum with a troubled past, showed no desire to flaunt lavish luxury when she married Crown Prince Haakon. Instead, she wore a minimalistic dress that elegantly demonstrated that sometimes less really is more.
Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise chose a two-piece dress in off-white duchesse satin when she married author Ari Behn. The statement item of the outfit was the jacket and its voluminous shoulders, diamond brooch lock and dramatic train.
Argentinian beauty Máxima married Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in a beautiful Valentino dress with a wide T-neck collar and ¾ sleeves. These features combined created a demure, yet fashionable look – the perfect combo for a royal bride.
TV-reporter Letizia Ortiz married the Crown Prince of Spain in a collared silk gown with beautiful embroidery along the neck and the bottom of the skirt. Like her mother-in-law, she chose Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz to create her wedding dress.
Mary Donaldson traded her status as a commoner for a title as Danish Crown Princess when she married Crown Prince Frederik. The Australian native wore an elegant ivory duchess satin gown with calla sleeves and an open wide neck opening.
The Swedish Crown Princess married her former trainer at a romantic ceremony in Stockholm. She wore a clean satin gown with a waist sash and off-the-shoulder cut, giving the simple dress a bold twist as she showed more skin than most royal brides.
The duchess’ wedding dress is by far one of the most popular royal wedding dresses – it even has its own Wikipedia page! For this magnificent wedding, Sarah Burton created a fairytale dress with lace sleeves that has since been copied numerous times.
When former Olympian Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert of Monaco, it wasn’t in a typical princess gown with a wide skirt and long sleeves. Instead, she opted for a sophisticated wedding dress with a fitted silhouette and an asymmetric off-shoulder cut.
Swedish Princess Madeleine chose royal go-to dressmaker Valentino to create a dress for her wedding to businessman Chris O’Neill. The Italian couturist designed a feminine off-shoulder dress made by silk and Chantilly lace. Pure perfection!
Our thanks to Katoni.dk for the beautiful illustrations, and to Rikke for his insights!