With the upcoming weddings of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie, the 27-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson to Jack Brooksbank, we thought it timely to look back at some of the most famous royal weddings.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Not since Princess Diana and Prince Charles walked down the aisle in 1981 did a royal wedding receive so much worldwide attention. Tying the knot in April 2011, their wedding was witnessed by 1,900 guests and 160 million TV viewers, while both Kate and sister Pippa’s gowns sparked a replicating frenzy by brides-to-be everywhere.
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary Donaldson
After meeting in a Sydney pub in 2000, sparks flew between the down-to-earth couple. A long-distance courtship ensued, with the pair eventually tying the knot on May 14, 2004 in Frederik’s native country of Denmark. Upon their marriage the Danish Parliament passed a special law (dubbed Mary’s Law), granting Mary Danish citizenship.
Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly
The already regal Hollywood actress married her prince in Monaco on April 18, 1956. The 600 guests included silver screen legends Cary Grant and Ava Gardner, while the ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people on televisions worldwide.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer
Thirty-five hundred guests made up the congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral, London as Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were wed on July 29, 1981. An estimated 750 million people watched the ceremony worldwide in what was billed as a ‘fairytale wedding’, and the ‘wedding of the century.’
Crown Prince of Japan, Naruhito and Masako Owada
Heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan, Prince Naruhito married Masako Owada, a former diplomat in the Japanese Foreign Ministry, on June 9, 1993. The couple were married at the Imperial Shinto Hall in Tokyo before 800 invited guests and an estimated media audience of 500 million people worldwide.