In keeping with one of the themes of this week, today’s post is a round up of royal wedding dresses from some of the royal ladies I cover on here. As with the royal engagement rings post, this is not an exhaustive list of royal wedding dresses. In keeping with the other theme of this week, we’ll start with the Swedes.
Swedish Royal Family
Crown Princess Victoria
For Crown Princess Victoria‘s June 19, 2010 wedding to Daniel Westling aka Prince Daniel, she chose Swedish designer Pär Engsheden to design her wedding gown. The dress is made of white duchess satin, with a rounded, off-the-shoulder collar leading to a V in the back. The dress itself has a small train, but there is also a detachable 5 meter (over 16 feet) long train attached at the waist. Victoria wore the Bernadotte family heirloom lace veil.
I personally think this dress is sleek and elegant, and it’s probably my favorite royal wedding dress so far.
Princess Madeleine went with Italian designer Valentino for her wedding gown when she wed Chris O’Neill just two years ago on June 8, 2013. The ivory gown was made from pleated silk organza with Chantilly Lace appliqué, and had a 4 meter (13 feet) long train. The bodice was all lace with a semi-off-the-shoulder neckline and a deep-cut back. Maddie chose to forgo the family veil, instead opting for a new one made from silk organza that measured 5 meters long and was edged with tulle scatted with point d’esprit dots and small Chantilly lace orange blossoms.
I like Maddie a lot, but sadly her dress didn’t do it for me. The bodice didn’t seem to fit correctly, like it wasn’t tailored properly. I also don’t like how the bottom of the dress ends in what looks like an old bed dust ruffle.
British Royal Family
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Kate Middleton went with British designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen for her April 29, 2011 wedding to Prince William. The ivory satin gazar gown was Victorian-inspired with a structured bodice, padded hips, and a semi-bustle in the back (which was meant to look like a flower). The bodice featured lace appliquéd on to tulle with a floral motif (roses for England, daffodils for Wales, thistles for Scotland, and shamrocks for Northern Ireland), and 58 buttons in the back. The dress had a 3 meter (over 9 feet) long train. Kate wore a short veil of ivory silk tulle with embroidered lace on the edge.
Many people have compared Kate’s dress to Princess Grace of Monaco’s wedding dress, and yes the two are similar. I never noticed, though how Victorian Kate’s dress is but after thinking about it the dress really does have a Victorian vibe. I’ll be honest with you, I watched the wedding on TV (though not at 3AM or whenever it was; I DVR’d it and watched it later in the day) and must say I was a bit underwhelmed when Kate stepped out of the car. I was expecting to be wowed and wasn’t. So this dress isn’t my favorite, but it’s not my least favorite either (it’s actually probably in my top five out of all the dresses in this post).
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall had two wedding outfits for her April 9, 2005 wedding to Prince Charles. Both outfits were created by British label Robinson Valentine (now called Anne Valentine). The first outfit was a cream silk chiffon dress with vertical rows of Swiss-made appliqued woven disks at the bottom and a matching oyster silk basket weave coat. Camilla wore a wide-brimmed Philip Treacy hat. The second outfit was a floor-length embroidered pale blue and gold coat over a matching chiffon gown with a gold pointy Philip Treacy hat.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex went with a Samantha Shaw creation for her June 19, 1999 wedding to Prince Edward. The full-length, long-sleeved, v-neck gown was made of hand-dyed silk organza and hand-dyed silk crepe with rows of pearls and crystal beading around the neck, sleeves and train, and beading down the back and front of the dress-coat. Sophie wore a full-length veil which was made of hand-dyed silk tulle, and finished with spotted crystal detail.
The bodice was very loose-fitting and because of that I’m not a huge fan of this dress either. I prefer dresses, especially wedding dresses, to be tailored correctly to the body.
Diana, Princess of Wales
I’m throwing this in here because it is one of the most iconic wedding gowns ever. When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981 she did so in an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace ball of 80s with a 25 foot train designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The puff-ball to end all puff-balls was decorated with hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls, with a lace trim that was antique hand-made Carrickmacross lace which had belonged to Queen Mary.
It was giant and poofy and perfect for a 20 year old girl marrying a Prince in the 1980s, though Diana later regretted her choice in gown.
Danish Royal Family
Crown Princess Mary
Crown Princess Mary married Crown Prince Frederik on May 14, 2004 in a Uffe Frank ivory duchess satin scoop-necked, 3/4 length sleeved gown with a mother-of-pearl sheen and a fully lined skirt with silk organza. The skirt had panels of silk opening to show lace underneath and a 6 meter (over 19 feet) long train.
Princess Marie went with something much less grand than Mary when she wed Prince Joachim on May 24, 2008. Her wedding gown was designed by the Arasa Morelli label. The off white gown features a drop waist, Calais lace with a floral pattern, and is lined with ivory silk faille. Marie’s train was only 3 meters long.
Monaco Royal Family
Princess Charlene wore an Armani gown for her July 2, 2011 wedding to Prince Albert. The white duchess silk and silk organza, off-the-shoulder gown embroidery down the front, skirt, and train consisting of 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops, 30,000 gold stones all in a floral pattern with platinum-coated thread.
This is a very beautiful dress. Top 3.
Luxembourg Royal Family
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie married Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume on October 20, 2012 in an Elie Saab gown featuring a full skirt, 3/4 length sleeves, and a 4.5 meter train, made out of silk crepe, tulle, satin organza, Chantilly lace and Calais lace with embellishments of 50,000 pearls, 80,000 crystals, and 10,000 meters of silver embroidery thread.
I love this dress so much!!
Spanish Royal Family
Queen Letizia married King Felipe (then Prince of Asturias) on May 22, 2004 – just a week after Mary and Frederik. Letizia chose a Manuel Pertegaz gown that is all one piece with a high collar and 4.5 meter train. The silk gown is embroidered with silver and gold thread in shapes of fleur de lys and fleur de lys flowers, clovers, strawberry tree fruits, and ears of wheat.
Dutch Royal Family
Queen Maxima wed King Willem-Alexander (then Prince of Orange) on February 2, 2002 in a Valentino gown with a cowl neck, 3/4 sleeves, and a flared skirt. The dress was made of silk Mikado with a 5 meter train.
Royal Family of Norway
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Crown Princess Mette-Marit married Crown Prince Haakon on August 25, 2001 in a Ove Harder Finseth gown. This is a very simple yet elegant gown; I like it a lot.
Belgian Royal Family
Queen Mathilde wore Natan for her December 4, 1999 wedding to King Philippe. The top part is a coat over a simpler dress underneath.
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