These Are the Six Most Expensive Royal Wedding Dresses

No. 1 is probably not what you're expecting...

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Royal weddings are never not elaborate—and expensive—affairs. And that usually goes double for the gowns that royal brides wear down the aisle on their big days. Royal wedding dresses are the subject of intense speculation leading up to their reveals and then equally intense scrutiny once they make their public debuts. They inspire imitations and outright knockoffs and the decisions royal brides make influence wedding fashion for the normal, commoner brides that follow them. Often, these gowns are elaborate, with subtle and sometimes full hidden details special to the bride and groom and, usually, they're designed by prominent figures in the fashion industry, who understandably clamor at the chance to design a real-life princess ballgown.

But just how much do these fashion masterpieces actually cost? Well, the dedicated people at UK paper The Sun crunched the numbers and came up with the six most expensive royal wedding gowns in modern history. And yes, of course the list includes some of the people you expect it to—like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle—but it also includes a gown or two that might surprise you or have flown under your royal wedding radar. Scroll down to count down to the most expensive modern royal wedding dress of them all.

6. Sarah Ferguson 

Sarah Ferguson

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When: July 23, 1986

Where: Westminster Abbey in London

Cost: £35,000

Designer: Lindka Cierach

Most royal detail: The massive 17-foot train was embroidered with the initials A and S (for Andrew and Sarah, obviously) in silver beads.

5. Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

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When: May 19, 2018

Where: St. George's Chapel in Windsor

Cost: £110,000

Designer: Givenchy, created by British designer Clare Waight Keller

Most royal detail: The 16-foot train and veil, which was adorned with the flowers of the 53 commonwealth countries.

4. Princess Diana

Princess Diana

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When: July 29, 2981

Where: St Paul’s Cathedral in London

Cost: £151,000

Designer: David Emanuel

Most royal detail: The 25-foot train, which was the longest in royal history.

3. Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie

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When: October 12, 2018

Where: St George's Chapel in Windsor

Cost: £200,000

Designer: Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vo

Most royal detail: The fabric included several meaningful symbols, including a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, the York Rose and ivy.

2. Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

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When: April 29, 2011

Where: Westminster Abbey in London

Cost: £250,000

Designer: British designer Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen

Most royal detail: The long-sleeved, ivory satin bodice with floral-patterned, lace appliqué.

1. Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia

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When: May 22, 2004

Where: The Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid

Cost: £6 million

Designer: Royal couturier Manuel Pertegaz

Most royal detail: The real gold thread embroidery woven into the silk.

Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.