Princess brides

A look back at more than seven decades of royal wed­ding dresses.

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WITH a month left be­fore Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wed­ding, which is to be held on May 19 in St Ge­orge's Chapel in Wind­sor Cas­tle, ru­mors about the fu­ture bride's dress are ev­ery­where.

The lat­est ru­mors sug­gest fash­ion la­bels Er­dem or Ralph and Russo may have been tasked to de­sign and pro­duce the gown, which will be the fo­cus of much at­ten­tion dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

In the mean­time, here's a look back at some of the most beau­ti­ful dresses at royal and princely wed­dings, in­clud­ing those worn by El­iz­a­beth II, Grace Kelly, Lady Diana, and more re­cently Kate Mid­dle­ton.

Watched by the en­tire world, on April 29, 2011, Kate Mid­dle­ton mar­ried Prince Wil­liam in an Alexan­der McQueen dress, cre­ated by Sarah Bur­ton. The lace and satin gown was unan­i­mously praised for its de­sign which com­bined tra­di­tion and moder­nity.

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Ra­nia al-Yassin, to­day Queen of Jor­dan, wore a dress by Bri­tish de­signer Bruce Old­field at her wed­ding to Prince Ab­dul­lah on June 10, 1993.

De­signer Jean Dessès was tasked to cre­ate this spec­tac­u­lar or­ganza and sil­ver lamé dress for Princess Sophia of Greece for her wed­ding to Prince Juan Car­los of Spain on May 14, 1962.

For her wed­ding to Prince Charles on 29 July 1981, Lady Diana wore a spec­tac­u­lar dress with large puffed sleeves, thou­sands of pearls and a train of more than seven me­ters in length de­signed by David and El­iz­a­beth Emanuel.

On Nov 20, 1947, Princess El­iz­a­beth mar­ried Prince Philip, Duke of Ed­in­burgh, in a dress de­signed by dress­maker Nor­man Hartnell. Em­broi­dered with 10,000 pearls, it had a four-me­ter-long train with em­broi­dery mo­tifs of scat­tered flow­ers.

The gown worn by Grace Kelly at her wed­ding to Prince Rainier III on April 19, 1956, was made by cos­tume de­signer He­len Rose, and given as a gift by MGM Stu­dios. A real Hol­ly­wood star's dress!

Princess Char­lene of Monaco called on Ital­ian de­signer Gior­gio Ar­mani to cre­ate the dress for her wed­ding to Prince Al­bert II of Monaco, on July 2, 2011. The dress com­bined an un­der­stated over­all de­sign with thou­sands of gems and crys­tals.

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