Di was like a but­ter­fly emerg­ing

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heav­ily copied ever since (lace sleeves fea­tured on the Givenchy wed­ding dress that re­al­ity star Kim Kar­dashian wore when she mar­ried rap­per Kanye West in 2014).

Aus­tralian-born Princess Mary mar­ried Den­mark’s Crown Prince Fred­erik in 2004, wear­ing a satin ivory gown by Dan­ish de­signer Uffe Frank.

It fea­tured an off-the-shoul­der neck­line and lace veil, which she wore with her hair slicked back into an up-do (un­like the Bri­tish roy­als who favoured their hair out in soft curls).

At the cou­ple’s en­gage­ment and first press con­fer­ence to­gether, at Fre­dens­borg, a ner­vous Mary Don­ald­son shared her child­hood memories of watch­ing Diana marry Charles, sit­ting in front of the TV in her py­ja­mas at home in Ho­bart along­side her sis­ters, mar­vel­ling at the spec­ta­cle.

What stayed vivid in her mind, she said then, was Diana’s trail­ing veil, which per­haps in­spired her own 6m-long duchess satin train.

But no one did over-the-top bet­ter than Fergie when she mar­ried Prince Andrew at West­min­ster Abbey in 1986.

She wore an elab­o­rate flower crown, with a sheer veil, and a 5m-long train.

Her off-white frock was cre­ated by African­born, Bri­tish-based de­signer Lindka Cier­ach, and turned heads be­cause of its ex­cess ma­te­rial, which cov­ered at least four steps as she posed for her wed­ding pho­tos.

If Markle were to look to Hol­ly­wood roy­alty, Grace Kelly played the part when she wed Prince Rainier of Monaco in a lace and corset­ted gown cre­ated by Metro Gold­wyn Mayer cos­tume de­signer Helen Rose.

Years later, Grace and Prince Rainier’s son Prince Al­bert mar­ried Princess Char­lene, a for­mer Olympic swim­mer for South Africa, who wore cus­tom Gior­gio Ar­mani.

Dubbed the “run­away bride” by lo­cal tabloids, af­ter re­port­edly suf­fer­ing itchy feet in the days be­fore the cer­e­mony, she set­tled her nerves and looked sleek and chic on the day.

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