April 24, 2021 – 12:19 BST
Royal wedding dresses: the most expensive from the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Diana, the Queen, Sarah Ferguson and Queen Letizia.
Royal weddings are lavish and no expense spared affairs – and that means the incredible dresses often come with high prices too! From Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress designed by David Emanuel to Kate Middleton’s stylish top number from Alexander McQueen, here are the most expensive royal wedding dresses in order of price …
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7. The Queen
Although Queen ElizabethThe £ 30,000 wedding dress is at the bottom of the charts. It was certainly a staggering amount when she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947, at a time when the world was barely starting to recover from war and clothes were still rationed (the Queen even collected coupons to pay for her dress ).
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It was made from Chinese silk by Norman Hartnell and sculpted with a high neckline, a tailored top, and a 15 foot train. Pearl- and diamond-encrusted star flowers, roses, jasmine blossoms, and wheat adorned the top and skirt.
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6. Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson decided on an ivory duchesse satin gown for her wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986, which was believed to have cost £ 35,000. Lindka Cierach created the style with precise beadwork that included various symbols, including anchors and waves, to represent Prince Andrew’s sailing backdrop.
Her 17 foot long train was embroidered with the initials A and S in silver beads. Sarah spoke of her dress in her 1997 memoir, My Story, describing it as “an exquisite creation I’d lost twenty-six pounds on. Lindka was a genius; I knew she could, and had, the most flattering dress ever made. It was amazingly boned, like a corset. “
5. Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress It is estimated to have cost £ 110,000 and the Duchess of Sussex paid for it herself. The timeless dress was the work of Clare Waight Keller of the Paris fashion house Givenchy, and the complexity certainly reflects its price.
The fashion house spent 3,900 hours embroidering Meghan’s 16 foot long veil with the national flowers of each of the 53 Commonwealth of Nations, including real wheat plants, while the gown was made from double-tied silk cady padded by a triple silk organza underskirt.
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4. Princess Diana
Princess DianaThe wedding dress for her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 was worth £ 151,000 in 2019. Welsh designer David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth created the design from ivory silk and adorned it with pearls, sequins and antique lace. It was rounded off with a 25-foot train – the longest in royal history.
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3. Princess Eugenie
When Princess Eugenie In 2018, she followed up with Jack Brooksbank and wore a design by British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos worth £ 200,000. She worked closely with the duo to create a number of meaningful motifs, including a thistle for Scotland as a reference for the couple’s Love for Balmoral, a shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the bride’s heritage and the York rose and ivy that represent the couple’s home. She also opted for a shape that showed a scar left on her back from scoliosis surgery.
2. Kate Middleton
In number two Kate MiddletonThe wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William in 2011 cost her parents Carole and Michael Middleton (who had settled the bill) £ 250,000. It was made in collaboration with Sarah Burton by Alexander McQueen, with a Victorian top, a nearly ten foot train with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons on the back and rouleau loops, and handcrafted lace made by the Royal School of Needlework has been. based at Hampton Court Palace.
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1. Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain tops the charts with a £ 6 million wedding dress she wore to King Felipe in 2004. It was designed by the royal couturier Manuel Pertegaz and features a four and a half meter long train, long sleeves and a high stand collar and embroidery with gold thread woven into the silk. (Real, of course.) She received a diamond tiara that was given to her by her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia, after she wore it on her own wedding day with King Juan Carlos in 1962.
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