The 20 Most Iconic Royal Wedding Photos Throughout History
Royal weddings are a huge deal, but there have probably been more of them than you think! Get a look at these beautiful photos dating all the way back to 1863.
Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy
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Princess Alexandra is the daughter of Prince George, the brother of King George VI (who was born Prince Albert), making her Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin. She married Sir Angus Ogilvy, the son of a British nobleman. Her gown was made of Valenciennes lace. Her husband was offered, but turned down, the title of earl upon their marriage, meaning that the couple’s two children have no royal titles. When Alexandra was born, her uncle King George VI was king and she was sixth in line for the throne. Today, at 81 years old, she is…wait for it…52nd in line! Confused? Here’s the full line of succession to the British throne.
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips
Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter was also the first of her children to marry. Princess Anne had a fondness for horses, which led her to find love with Mark Phillips, an Olympic gold medalist in equestrian events. The date of their marriage, November 14, 1973, was declared a “bank holiday,” or a public holiday in the United Kingdom. Approximately 500 million people across the world viewed the ceremony, which took place at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
Queen Elizabeth II’s oldest child, Prince Charles, tied the knot with Lady Diana Spencer, who would become known as “the People’s Princess,” on July 29, 1981. The ceremony was actually not at Westminster Abbey; it took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. This massive church had more room for spectators than Westminster Abbey, and its location also allowed for a longer post-wedding procession. An audience of 750 million people around the world tuned in to watch. Princess Diana chose to omit the word “obey” from her wedding vows, and Kate Middleton would do the same, 30 years later. Here are 10 more royal wedding photos from Diana and Charles’ nuptials.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Rumor has it that Princess Diana had a hand in setting her brother-in-law, Prince Andrew, up with Sarah Ferguson. Ferguson was the daughter of Prince Philip’s (Andrew’s father’s) polo manager. Their wedding took place on July 23, 1986, at Westminster Abbey, and the bride wore a dress of ivory duchesse satin. The pair divorced ten years later, but are reportedly still close, and Ferguson attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018.
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest child, Prince Edward, married in 1999. On June 19 of that year, he wed Sophie Rhys-Jones, whom he met when she was working in the press and promotions department at Capital Radio. The pair married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. They made it clear that they didn’t want their wedding to be an enormous state occasion, and, to that end, no politicians outside of the family’s inner circle were invited. They also didn’t have any military involvement, and even requested that their guests not wear hats. (It wasn’t that small a ceremony, though; they still had over 500 guests.) For more royal wedding photos, get a look at these funny royal wedding moments that were caught on camera.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly
Princess Anne’s son and Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Peter Phillips, met his bride, a management consultant named Autumn Kelly, at the Canadian Grand Prix. The ceremony took place on May 17, 2008, at St. George’s Chapel. Peter’s parents, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, declined to give him royal titles, and he carried on that tradition with his own children, Savannah and Isla, Queen Elizabeth II’s first great-grandchildren.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
This fairytale wedding was a royal spectacle for the ages and had the gorgeous royal wedding photos to prove it. Prince Charles’ eldest son, William, and Catherine Middleton, whom he met at the University of St. Andrews, got married on April 29, 2011. From the breathtaking satin dress with its touching tribute to the United Kingdom to the couple’s first kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony, this ceremony was a royal fanatic’s dream. Learn the touching history behind Kate Middleton’s engagement ring.
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
Yes, there was another royal wedding in 2011! Three months after Will and Kate’s nuptials, on July 30, Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips tied the knot as well. An equestrian, Zara married another athlete, rugby player Mike Tindall. Their wedding took place in Scotland at the Kirk of the Canongate in Edinburgh. They have a four-year-old daughter Mia, and welcomed their second child, Lena, in June 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince William’s younger brother tied the knot with American actress Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018. Markle’s American heritage was just one of the ways this royal wedding was historically significant; everything from the date to the guests marked a departure from established royal tradition. During this historic ceremony, which took place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Markle walked down the first part of the aisle by herself, the first royal bride to do so. Prince Charles—her groom’s father, not hers—escorted her to the altar. Here are all the ways Harry and Meghan’s wedding made history.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
The younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson married her seven-year sweetheart Jack Brooksbank in Saint George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018. Eugenie actually arrived at her royal ceremony in the same car as Kate Middleton—a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI belonging to the Queen herself! And that wasn’t the only thing she borrowed from her grandmother; she wore a tiara belonging to Queen Elizabeth in lieu of a veil. Read on for more fascinating facts you never knew about past royal weddings.