10 Unforgettable, Extravagant Royal Weddings
Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton
April 29, 2011
Prince William wed his college sweetheart, Kate, in a storybook wedding televised to hundreds of millions worldwide. The bride said "I do" in a custom Alexander McQueen gown with an 8-foot train in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey and had two post-nuptials receptions, switching into a second Alexander McQueen gown for her evening party. The traditional English fruit cake served was topped by 900 flowers, each individually iced, People reported.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock
July 2, 2011
The Prince and the Olympiad hosted a star-studded affair, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, designer Karl Lagerfeld, and model Naomi Watts as just a few names on the guest list. The Armani Prive gown the bride wore to her church ceremony -- the first of two Giorgio Armani creations she wore that day -- took more than 2,500 hours to complete, thanks in part to the 40,000 Swarvoski crystals and 20,000 pearlescent beads sewn onto it, The Huffington Post reported.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan and Jetsun Pema
July 2, 2011
Bhutan's fifth "Dragon King" prepped for his wedding to student Jetsun Pema at precisely 8:20 am -- a time agreed upon by royal astrologers, MSNBC reported. Though the Himalayan king kept his affair relatively modest -- not a single international dignitary was invited -- both he and his bride drank the "Ambrosia of Eternal Life" from a golden chalice mid-ceremony. Magical!
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling
June 19, 2010
Sweden's Crown Princess tied the knot with her personal trainer in a celebration that went on for several days in her hometown of Stockholm. The night before the church ceremony, the capital's shop fronts were decorated with more than 40,000 roses, carnations, lilies, and hydrangeas, Telegraph reported.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly
April 19, 1956
The Hollywood princess married Monaco's heir in an iconic lace gown designed by designer Helen Rose. It reportedly took Rose and her team of 36 seamstresses more than six weeks to create the finished product, which featured 25 yards of taffeta, 100 yards of silk, and thousands of pearls.
Princes Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer
July 29, 1981
More than 600,000 people lined the streets to watch Prince Charles walk down the aisle with 20-year-old Diana Spencer, with her 25-foot train trailing behind them at Westminster Abbey. At the reception, the couple served 27 wedding cakes, one slice of which sold at auction for a reported $1,830, MSN reported.
Crown Prince Felipe of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
May 22, 2004
With Britain's Prince Charles, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, and Nelson Mandela in attendance, Asturias, Spain's Crown Prince wed CNN anchorwoman Letizia Ortiz Roscasolano in a rain-soaked ceremony in Madrid, making her the first commoner ever to be in line to the Spanish throne. The wedding was followed by a reception at which a 2-meter-tall cake was served alongside flutes containing more than 1,000 bottles of champagne, BBC reported.
Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah of Brunei and Sarah Salleh
September 9, 2004
After the Prince of Brunei exchanged vows with his 17-year-old bride at a royal-studded affair, the couple began a five-mile parade through the streets of the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, trailed by more than 100 limousines carrying members of both his and her families, The New York Times reported.
Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller
July 1, 1995
When the Prince of Greece married the American heiress in London, Miller's father flew in Denmark's royal florist, along with six assistants, to deck the cathedral with garlands made of more than 30,000 pink posies, MSN reported.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Lalla Salma Bennani
July 13, 2002
Though the King of Morocco broke tradition by publicly acknowledging his betrothed, 24-year-old computer engineer Salma Bennani, he kept to tradition by hosting two weddings in honor of his marriage. He held one reception at a palace, for which the Bennani wore a white robe threaded with real gold, and a national celebration that attracted dignitaries from around the world -- including Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea.