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Royal weddings are never an elaborate and expensive affair. And that usually goes double for the dresses royal brides wear in the aisle on their big days. Royal wedding dresses are the subject of intense speculation leading up to their revelations and equally intense scrutiny once they make their public debut. They inspire imitations and downright fakes, and the choices that royal brides make influence wedding fashions for the normal, ordinary brides who follow them. Oftentimes, these dresses are elaborate, with subtle and sometimes completely hidden details that are specific to the bride and groom, and they are usually designed by celebrities in the fashion industry who understandably crave the opportunity to create a true princess ball gown.

But how much do these fashion masterpieces actually cost? Well, the dedicated staff of the UK newspaper The Sun has put the numbers together and designed the six most expensive royal wedding dresses in modern history. And yes, of course, the list includes some of the people expecting you – like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle – but it also includes a dress or two that might surprise you or have flown under your royal wedding radar. Scroll down to count on the most expensive modern royal wedding dress of all.

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6th

Sarah Ferguson

When: July 23, 1986

Where: Westminster Abbey in London

Costs: £ 35,000

Designer: Lindka Cierach

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

5

Meghan Markle

When: 19th May 2018

Where: St. George’s Chapel in Windsor

Costs: £ 110,000

Designer: Givenchy, designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller

Most royal detail: The 16-foot train and veil adorned with the flowers of the 53 Commonwealth of Nations.

4th

Princess Diana

When: July 29, 2981

Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

Costs: £ 151,000

Designer: David Emanuel

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

3rd

Princess Eugenie

When: October 12, 2018

Where: St. George’s Chapel in Windsor

Costs: 200,000 pounds

Designer: Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vo

Most royal detail: The fabric contained several meaningful symbols, including a thistle for Scotland, a shamrock for Ireland, the York Rose, and ivy.

2

Kate Middleton

When: April 29, 2011

Where: Westminster Abbey in London

Costs: £ 250,000

Designer: British designer Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen

Most royal detail: The long-sleeved top is made of ivory-colored satin with lace appliqué with a floral pattern.

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Queen Letizia of Spain

When: May 22, 2004

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

Costs: 6 million pounds

Designer: Royal couturier Manuel Pertegaz

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

Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrities and entertainment news, from real royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen.

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