Famous Royal Weddings

The world always seems to stop whenever royal nuptials take center stage.

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THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES TRAVEL BY CARRIAGE FROM ST.PAUL'S CATHEDRAL BACK TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE AFTER THEIR WEDDING.THE PRINCESS WEARS AND EMANUEL GOWN. 29/7/1981.
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The world seems to stand in awe when royal weddings take place. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales wed in 1981 nearly 600,000 people lined up in the street and 750 million tuned in on television to see the newlyweds ride the State Landau carriage. Prince William and Kate Middleton will enjoy the same open-top carriage. See more.
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Princess Diana and her new husband descend the steps outside St. Paul’s Cathedral after their wedding ceremony. Diana’s wedding dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel.
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Here, the royal couple poses with 18-month-old Prince William at the Kensington Palace gardens in 1983.
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The pair divorced in 1996 after Diana accused Charles of having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he later married. One year after their divorce, Diana died in a car crash in Paris.
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Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, in April 2005.
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Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Duke of York Prince Andrew stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after their July 1986 matrimony.
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The couple divorced in 1996 following four years of separation. During their marriage, "Fergie," as the princess was known, clashed with Queen Elizabeth II and rumors spread of her liaisons and extravagant lifestyle.
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Although Sara Buys was 20 minutes late for her wedding, she is seen happily leaving St. Nicholas's Church with Tom Parker-Bowles, the son of the Duchess of Cornwall, after the ceremony in Henley-on-Thames, England on Sept. 10, 2005. Her gown was designed by Alexander McQueen.
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Tom Parker-Bowles and his new wife Sara pose for a newlywed kiss in Henley-on-Thames, England.
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Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church in London, has traditionally served as the site for royal weddings since the 12th century. Here, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips wed in November 1973.
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Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
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Lady Elizabeth is accompanied into a carriage on the way to her wedding to the Duke of York, the future King George VI. On her way to Westminster Abbey, she lay her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, which became a tradition for future royal brides. The wedding was held on April 26, 1923.
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A large crowd in London salutes Princess Elizabeth of England and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as they pass in a horse drawn carriage, during their wedding day in November 1947.
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During the wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother and Prince Charles ride in a coach in London. Before marrying Jones in May 1960, Margaret had been engaged to a divorced man named Peter Townsend, but the Church of England disapproved of their union.
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Prince Joachim and Princess Marie are saluted by officers from the Prince of Denmark's regiment, as they leave Moegeltonder Church in Sonderjutland after being wed in May 2008.
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The prince had been married once before. He divorced Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg, with whom he has two sons, in 2005.
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Princess Stephanie of Monaco and her former bodyguard husband, Daniel Ducruet, married in July 1995. They divorced one year later in October 1996.
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Stephanie married again in September 2003 to Adans Lopes Peres, a circus artist. The couple also divorced one year later, in 2004.
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The princess and her first husband pose with their second child, Pauline, in 1994. In 2005, after her second divorce, it was rumored in a German magazine that Stephanie planned to remarry Daniel, but the two never wed again.
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Princess Caroline of Monaco married Parisian banker Philippe Junot on June 29, 1978. The marriage fell apart two years later.
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The princess married her second husband, Stefano Casiraghi, in 1983. The couple had three children together: Andrea, Charlotte and Pierre. Casiraghi died in a boating accident in 1990. He was 30 years old.
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Caroline married her third husband August Ernst, head of the House of Hanover, in January 1999.
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Queen Noor, the American-born Lisa Halaby, met King Hussein of Jordan while working on Jordanian airline redesign as Director of Planning and Design. Shortly after they met, Hussein’s third wife Queen Alia died in a helicopter crash, and his friendship with Noor developed into a romance. They were married in June 1978.
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Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef, new wife of Prince Hamzah of Jordan, shakes hands with a guest at her wedding in May 2004.
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King Hussein and Queen Noor stand with Jordanian Crown Prince Abdullah and his wife, Rania, after their June 10, 1993 wedding day in Amman. Rania was later proclaimed Queen of Jordan and has used her powerful position to improve primary education at home and abroad.
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Prince Rainier of Monaco with his bride, Princess Grace Patricia, during their wedding service in Monaco Cathedral in April 1956. Princess Grace was, of course, Grace Kelly - an American actress known for her early 1950s roles in movies such as "Mogambo" and "The Country Girl."
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Crown Prince Felipe de Bourbon and Princess Letizia Ortiz take their marriage vows at the Almudena cathedral in Madrid, Spain.
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The new princess walks down the aisle in the Almudena cathedral. Her gown, designed by Manuel Pertegaz, leaves a beautiful trail behind her.
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The prince kisses his new wife at the royal palace wedding banquet in Madrid, Spain in May 2004.
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The Spanish royal family pose for a picture after the wedding. The prince's family generally approved of Letizia, a broadcast journalist, because she represented a modern, independent woman. They had disapproved of some of Felipe’s previous courtships, such as the Norwegian underwear model Eva Sannum.
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Sarah Salleh and Bruneian Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah are seated in the lavish throne chamber in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei during their traditional wedding, which was estimated to cost more than $3 million. Sarah Salleh, a commoner, was 17 when she married the 30-year-old firstborn son of the Sultan in 2004.
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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, dance together at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. Before he was married to Victoria, Daniel owned a gym and worked as a personal trainer in Stockholm.
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Crown Prince Naruhito and his new wife, Princess Masako pose at the Tokyo Imperial Palace after their June 9, 1993, wedding. Masako was a diplomat in the Japanese foreign ministry before being married to the heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan.
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Exiled Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and his bride Marie-Chantal Miller descend the steps outside the Greek Orthodox St. Sophia Cathedral in London on July 1, 1995.
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Marie and Pavlos still held the royal wedding, even though the Greek throne is defunct and Prince Pavlos works as an investment consultant in New York City and London.
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Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby are considered an unlikely couple because Holby was a part-time student working at a café when she met the prince at the Quart Festival, Norway’s largest rock festival.
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The prince and Hoiby wed on Aug. 25, 2001 at the Oslo Cathedral.
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Prince Albert of Monaco and former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock will be married this July.
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