The Most Iconic Royal Wedding Gowns of All Time

From Grace Kelly to Kate Middleton, a look back at the evolution of royal bridal looks.

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From Grace Kelly to Kate Middleton, a look back at the evolution of royal bridal looks.

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Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina Malysheva

The Russian fashion designer married the German prince in a bespoke Sandra Mansour masterpiece. His father reportedly objected to the union, but maybe he came around after seeing the beaded, puff-sleeve gown?

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

And the bride wore high-neck lace Giles Deacon to marry hedge-fund manager James Matthews in front of 300 guests, including some very, very important people.

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Prince Franz Albrecht zu Oettingen-Spielberg and Cleopatra von Adelsheim von Ernest

Wearing a bespoke gown by Luisa Beccaria, the actress married the Bavarian prince in a civil ceremony at her father's estate in July 2016.

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Princess Alix de Ligne and Count Guillaume de Dampierre

In June 2016, the Belgian princess said "I do" to her longtime boyfriend in a vintage-inspired dress by Belgian designer Gérald Wathelet.

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Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Trishika Kumari Singh

With nearly 1,000 guests in attendance, the maharaja of Mysore, India, married his childhood friend in late June 2016.

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Lady Charlotte Wellesley and Alejandro Santo Domingo

In May 2016, the daughter of the Duke of Wellington Charles Wellesley tied the knot with her financier fiancé (say that five times fast) in Íllora, Spain. The bride wore Emilia Wickstead.

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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden were married in 2015 at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm.

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Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill of Sweden

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill's wedding ceremony was held at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm in 2013.

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Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco were married in 2011, the princess' wedding dress designed by Armani.

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Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminister Abbey in 2011, the Duchess wearing an Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

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Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, in a Par Engsheden design, and Prince Daniel at their wedding ceremony in Stockholm, July 2010.

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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark

Marie Cavallier wore an Arasa Morelli design for her wedding to Prince Joachim of Denmark in 2008.

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Mabel Wisse Smit of Norway

Dutch Prince Johan Friso and his bride Mabel Wisse Smit at their 2004 wedding.

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Mary Donaldson of Denmark

Princess Mary of Denmark paired her gown with a century-old crown at her May 2004 wedding to Crown Prince Frederik.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia Ortiz of Spain

Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia tied the knot, complete with sword salute, in May 2004.

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Princess Martha-Louise and Ari Behn of Norway

Norwegian Princess Martha-Louise marries Ari Behn in May 2002.

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Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon of Norway

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit arrive for their wedding in Oslo, August 2001.

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Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece and Her Father Robert Miller

Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece wore a Valentino gown for her wedding to Prince Pavlos in July 1995.

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Prince Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan

Wearing an elaborate Elie Saab creation, Queen Rania of Jordan weds Prince Abdullah in Amman, July 1993.

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Tim Taylor and Lady Helen of Windsor

Lady Helen of Windsor and Tim Taylor at their July 1992 wedding. Lady Helen's dress was designed by Catherine Walker.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales

Princess Diana and Prince Charles's wedding portrait from July 1981. The bride wore a gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

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Queen Noor and King Hussain of Jordan

In 1978, Queen Noor chose a Christian Dior gown for her marriage to King Hussein of Jordan.

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Princess Caroline of Monaco and Phillipe Junot

Princess Caroline of Monaco married Philippe Junot in 1978.

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Princess Anne Marie of Denmark and King Constantine II of Greece

King Constantine of Greece and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark at their 1964 nuptials.

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Prince Rainier and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Kelly wore a gown by MGM costumer Helen Rose, who had dressed her for her films High Society and The Swan.

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Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlevi and Queen Soraya of Iran

The Shah and Empress of Iran at their 1951 wedding. She wore a custom Christian Dior gown for the occasion.

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Princess Elizabeth and Prince Mountbatten

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Mountbatten were married in 1947 at Westminister Abbey in London, her wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell.

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Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor had a low-key ceremony in 1937. The Duchess wore a Mainbocher creation, which is now held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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