15 of the Most Beautiful Royal Wedding Venues Throughout History
In honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, here's a look back at some of the most breathtaking royal wedding venues.
St. George’s Chapel, England
What better venue to kick off the list than that of Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s location of choice? St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is as well-known wedding venue among British royalty; it was the scene of Prince Charles’s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles, among other royal nuptials. The chapel sits on the grounds of the castle that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip call home. Here’s the one royal rule Prince Harry might break at his wedding.
Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Monaco
Prince Albert II of Monaco finally tied the knot at the age of 53 to South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2011. The two married in a Roman-Catholic ceremony at the Palace of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III of Monaco married actress Grace Kelly in 1956.
Borromean Islands, Italy
Princess Grace’s grandson, Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi, married Beatrice Borromeo in 2015 in a series of two weddings that can only be described as lavish. The first was a civil ceremony held in the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, while the second took place on one of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore, Italy. The islands are owned by the bride’s family.
Westminster Abbey, England
Westminster Abbey has been a popular wedding venue for the Brits since the 13th century. Located smack dab in the middle of London, royals including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married there in 1947 as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. Here are some of the most iconic royal wedding photos of all time.
St. Paul’s Cathedral, England
Princess Diana married Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981. The event marked the first time in 480 years that a royal had been married at the cathedral, with Westminster Abbey the usual choice. Find out all the secrets you didn’t know about Charles and Diana’s wedding.
Almudena Cathedral, Spain
In 2004, the king of Spain, Felipe VI, married Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a journalist, at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, marking the first royal wedding ever held there.
Stockholm Palace, Sweden
Carl XVI Gustaf, the king of Sweden, married Silvia Renate Sommerlath at Stockholm Palace in 1976. The venue has proven a popular choice among Swedish royalty, with two of the king and queen’s children later marrying in the palace’s Royal Chapel.
Oslo Cathedral, Norway
The Norwegian royal family uses Oslo Cathedral to host all weddings and funerals. In 1968, Harald V, the king of Norway, married Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral, while Prince Haakon, his eldest son, married there in 2001. Get familiar with royal family etiquette.
Mysore’s City Palace, India
Yaduveer, the 27th Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, married his childhood friend and member of the Dungapur royal family, Trishika, at Mysore’s City Palace in 2016. The royal family is considered one of the richest in India.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg
In 2012, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy and Prince Guillaume tied the knot at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg. Stéphanie, who became Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on her wedding day, is the youngest child and fourth daughter of the eight children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and Alix della Faille de Leverghem.
Basilica Santa Maria, Italy
In 2014, Prince Amedeo of the House of Austria-Este, wed Elisabetta, an Italian journalist, at the Basilica Santa Maria in Rome. The royal family of Belgium, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, and Princess Beatrice of York were all in attendance.
Palace of Great Happiness, Bhutan
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the king of Bhutan, wed Jetsun Pema, whose mother, Aum Sonam Chuki, comes from the family of Bumthang Pangtey (one of the oldest noble families of Bhutan). Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge. The couple tied the knot in 2011 in a private ceremony in the Palace of Great Happiness, a private fortress in Punakha, the former capital. There are a lot of perks to royalty. Here are the most bizarre ones of the British royal family.
Istana Nurul Iman Palace, Brunei
Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei’s daughter, wed Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini in 2012. The ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the seat of the Brunei government.
Abbey of La Cambre, Belgium
Prince Carlos, the eldest son of the late Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, and Princess Irene of the Netherlands, and Annemarie Gualthérie Van Weezel, a parliamentary journalist, wed in 2010. The ceremony took place in the church of the Abbey of La Cambre—a former abbey situated in a picturesquely wooded dell.
Nidaros Cathedral, Norway
Princess Martha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, wed Ari Behn, an author of novels and short stories, in 2002. They tied the knot at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. Read on to find out all the rules royal wedding guests must follow.