Ever since the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement (and eventually, wedding date and location) via Twitter and an adorable interview, the media and people from different parts of the globe have been talking non-stop about it.

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Meghan and Harry | GIF Credit: bbc.com on giphy

We all want to know the deets. Who are the bridesmaids? Which wedding tiara is the princess-to-be (but not in title) wearing? Who’s designing the wedding dress that many of us are bound to follow in style?

To stir up more excitement, we thought we could go down memory lane and take a look at the some of the most iconic and most breathtaking wedding dresses by royal designers to walk the runway and the aisle.


  1. David and Elizabeth Emanuel

Husband and wife designers, David and Elizabeth designed the most iconic and world famous wedding gown to be ever worn by a royal. The dress made from ivory silk taffeta with studs of 10,000 pearls, sequins, and embroidery combined with Carrickmacross lace trimming made its world appearance down the scale of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 worn by Princess Diana of Wales.

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Princess Diana of Wales in David and Elizabeth Emanuel dress | Image Credit: Joe Haupt, flickr.com
  1. Sarah Burton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (popularly known as Kate Middleton) wore a custom-made wedding dress from the fashion house of Alexander McQueen during her matrimonial ceremony to Prince William at the Westminster Abbey. Her Victorian-inspired gown was designed by the in-house designer, Sarah Burton.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen | Image Credit: Mathilda Samuelsson, flickr.com
  1. Elie Saab

Elie Saab has been a favorite choice by royals and celebrities when it comes to couture dresses, especially wedding dresses. Remember the last episode of Gossip Girl? Blair Waldorf wore a blue wedding dress on her breakneck wedding to Chuck Bass. That’s courtesy of Elie Saab.

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Blair Waldorf in Elie Saab | Image Credit: popsugar on pinterest.com

While Blair Waldorf is a fictional New York royalty (and French princess from seasons 4 to 5), real life royalties chose to wear Elie Saab wedding dresses, too. Luxembourg Princesses Stephanie and Claire both wore Saab’s designs on their respective weddings to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Prince Felix.

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Luxembourg Princesses Claire and Stephanie in Elie Saab | Image Credit: hellomagazine.com
  1. Bruce Oldfield

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan wore a short-sleeved wedding dress with gold embroidery by Bruce Oldfield on the day of her wedding to King Hussein bin Abdullah in 1993.

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Queen Rania of Jordan in Bruce Oldfield | Image Credit: hellomagazine.com

In the most recent years, Bruce Oldfield’s status as a royal designer became even more established when Kate Middleton’s sister and mother were spotted visiting his boutique in London.

  1. Vera Wang

Vera Wang designs have been global favorites because of their refreshing take on classic silhouettes. Blair Waldorf wore a princess-like gown on her wedding to, this time, Prince Louis Grimaldi. You can see her as a stunning runaway bride on the image below.

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Blair Waldorf in Vera Wang | Image Credit: gossipgirl.wikia.com

Vera Wang wedding dresses have been constantly picked by brides who dream of Disney princess-inspired wedding. The silhouettes are simple yet very feminine and the intricate details are placed where they do not annihilate the balance of the design.

  1. Pär Engsheden

Pär Engsheden created a buzz when his wedding dress design was chosen for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the heir apparent to King Carl XVI Gustaf’s throne. The cream duchess silk satin gown boasted a 16.5 feet train and off-shoulder sleeves.

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in Pär Engsheden | Image Credit: wikimedia.org

It was paired with a historical gold Cameo tiara embellished with pearls which was have been worn by women in their royal family since Empress Joséphine’s time.

  1. Manuel Pertegaz

Now Queen Letizia of Spain wore a majestic dress by couturier Manuel Pertegaz on her marriage ceremony with King Felipe VI at Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in 2004. The off white dress had a 15-foot train and real gold embroidery.

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Queen Letizia of Spain | Image Credit: zoraandzen.pinterest.com

The design spoke nothing but nobility from the silk veil to the edge of the train. It was topped off with the same tiara Queen Sofia wore on her wedding to King Juan Carlos.

  1. Valentino

The Italian fashion powerhouse, Valentino, is also a popular preference by many titled personalities, royals included. Princess Madeleine of Sweden wore an off-shoulder Valentino gown appliqued with Chantilly lace from top bust line to the 13 feet train.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden in Valentino | Image Credit: wikimedia.org

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, wore an ivory silk Valentino dress on her wedding to Prince Pavlos.

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Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece in Valentino | Image Credit: wikimedia.org

Queen Maxima married then Prince Willem-Alexander of Netherlands (now King, since 2013) in an ivory silk Valentino gown with a 16 feet lace train.

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Queen Maxima of Netherlands | Image Credit: alarsson0646 on pinterest.com
  1. Giorgio Armani

Princess Charlene of Monaco walked down the aisle in an off-shoulder white silk Armani gown which needed 2,500 hours to finish.It was adorned with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 30,000 gold stones, and 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops. All made a floral pattern using platinum coated thread. The embellishment was handmade for 700 hours.

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Princess Charlene of Monaco in Armani| Image Credit: popsugar.com
  1. Helen Rose

Actress turned Princess Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a Helen Rose wedding dress. The dress was made in 6 weeks from 98 yards of tulle, Valenciennes rose-point lace, and silk taffeta.

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Princess Grace in Hellen Rose | Image Credit: brides.com
  1. Christian Dior

Dior has been a high fashion favorite for years. Royals have been in touch with the label for haute couture wedding dresses. Queen Noor of Jordan wore a silk crepe dress with loose short sleeves by the French fashion house on her wedding to King Hussein in 1978.

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Queen Noor of Jordan in Dior | Image Credit: google.co.uk on pinterest.com
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Soraya, Queen of Iran in Dior | Image Credit: wikimedia.org

Queen Soraya of Iran walked down the aisle in a youthful yet queenly Dior wedding gown made from 37 yards of silver lamé and adorned with 20,000 feathers and 6,000 diamonds.


Those are the dress design influences the new royal bride-to-be can draw inspiration from. We really do wonder which designer will create Meghan’s royal wedding dress.

Will she stick to her American roots and pick a US fashion house to dress her? Or, will it be a European designer who will soon make the headlines? All we can do for now is wait for the official announcement. But, one thing is for sure, the dress is sure going down history for all brides-to-be to follow.

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