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20th Century Royal Wedding Dresses

I have already posted a post about the wedding dresses of European princesses of the 21st century, and this post is about the wedding dresses of the princesses who got married in the 20th century. I chose 31 princesses, not only European but also Eastern. Some of them became countesses, duchesses, queens, or empresses sometime after the wedding, so I will use the titles they have attained. I already wrote about the wedding dresses of princesses whose weddings took place in the 1920s in the post Roaring Twenties, so I'll start from the 1930s.

24.05.1935. Queen Ingrid of Denmark on her wedding day wore a silk dress with lace and a 6-meter train, designed by Fr. V. Tunborg & Co. A diamond brooch in the shape of a daisy was attached to the bodice of the dress, with which her daughter, Queen Margrethe II, also adorned her wedding dress in 1967.

07.01.1937. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wore an ivory silk straight-cut dress from the Kühne Fashion House. The bride's head was decorated with a veil and a bando tiara "Diamond Roses", which is now often worn by the current Queen of the Netherlands, Maxima.

03.06.1937. Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, on the day of her wedding to the Duke of Windsor in 1937 wore a soft blue crêpe dress with a tight, buttoned bodice created by Mainbocher. The colour of the dress matched the bride’s eyes and became known as ‘Wallis Blue’.

Her hat, by Caroline Reboux, and her gloves were created from the same blue silk crêpe as her dress. Her look completed a diamond and sapphire brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels and cross bracelet by Cartier.

20.01.1938. Queen Farida of Egypt wore a long-sleeved silk gown embellished with lace, designed by the House of Worth. On the bride's head were a veil and a tiara.

15.03.1939. Queen Fawzia Fuad of Iran, who became the first wife of the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was married in a laconic straight white dress with short sleeves. The dress was decorated with embroidery on the skirt and pleats on the chest.

20.11.1947. Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day wore a silk satin dress by Norman Hartnell. The dress had a tailored bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves. The skirt and the train were embroidered with crystals and 10000 seed pearls in a rambling floral design.

Her silk veil was held in place by Queen Mary's diamond fringe tiara. In the future, she borrowed the tiara to Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice on their wedding day.

12.02.1951. Queen Soraya of Iran, the second wife of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, wore a silver lamé gown studded with pearls and trimmed with marabou stork feathers, designed by Christian Dior. On the bride's head was a tiara made of emeralds and diamonds.

06.05.1951. Queen Nariman of Egypt on her wedding day wore a white silk dress with 20,000 diamonds. On the bride's head was a tiara with pearls.

18-19.04.1956. The silk wedding dress with long sleeves and a full skirt, which Princess Grace of Monaco wore at her religious ceremony, still inspires brides all over the world. A high-necked, long-sleeved lace dress with a fitted torso and billowing skirt, decorated with pearls and buttons, took 22 meters of taffeta, 91 meters of silk, and 274 meters of lace. The bride's head was adorned with a veil fastened with a lace Juliet hat with orange blossom and pearls. The veil was decorated with floral motifs and small birds symbolizing lovers.

This dress was a wedding gift from MGM Studios. It was created by Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose, who has worked on Grace's costumes in several films, including High Society (1956) and The Swan (1956).

Helen Rose also created a pale pink suit with a high rounded collar and a flared midi skirt for the civil ceremony of the wedding, which took place the previous day. The suit was complemented with a Juliet hat with flower petal appliqués and a pair of short gloves.

At a press conference after a civil ceremony, Grace was in a pale pink midi dress with a wide collar and a satin bow on it. The same bows adorned the bride's head. The look was complemented by long gloves and a reticule on a chain.

At the evening gala Grace was in a silk long Lanvin dress and a Cartier Bains de Mer tiara, adorned with massive rubies and colorless diamonds.

10.04.1959. Empress of Japan Michiko for the civil ceremony of her wedding wore a dress with a fluffy skirt and a bow on the waist. The dress was created by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior. Her look complemented diamond tiara and necklace, long gloves, and a coat that matched with the dress.

02.07.1959. Queen Paola of Belgium wore a dress with a bow at the waist and decorated it with a brooch. The bride wore an orange blossom wreath and a vintage Brussels lace veil.

21.12.1959. Empress Farah, the third wife of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, wore a Dior dress with a modest coat by Yves Saint Laurant. The train had a distinctive fur-lined hem. She also wore Noor-ol-Ain Diamond tiara with yellow, pink and white diamonds.

06.05.1960. The wedding gown for Princess Margaret was created by Norman Hartnell. The dress had a jacket-style bodice with long sleeves and V-cut neckline, and an expertly-cut train at the back. The gown had very little embellishment, just a small number of crystals and beaded embroidery in white. She also wore a long sheer veil of silk organza and the Paltimore Tiara by Garrard, which gave her added height.

15.12.1960. Queen Fabiola of Belgium on her wedding day was in a low waist white satin dress with cropped sleeves, and a white mink collar, that turned into the trim of a 7-meter train. Fur trim also adorns the waist of the dress designed by Cristobal Balenciaga. The image of the bride was complemented by long gloves, a veil, and a diamond tiara.

14.05.1962. Queen Sofia of Spain chose a wedding dress made of brocade with metallic threads and embellished with Belgian lace. The dress was created by Jean Dessès. The bride's head was adorned with a veil and a Prussian diamond tiara, which also her mother wore on her wedding day.

10.03.1966. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on her wedding day wore a laconic white silk dress with a long train, designed by Caroline Bergé-Farwick for the Linette fashion house. The bride also wore a puffy veil and a gold Württemberg Ornate Pearl tiara with diamonds and pearls.

10.06.1967. For Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Jørgen Bende created a white silk wedding dress with a square neck and long sleeves, decorated with family Irish lace. A brooch - a diamond daisy - was fastened to the bodice of the dress. The bride wore a vintage veil and tiara of the Egyptian Khedive made of diamonds and platinum, created by Cartier, which belonged to her grandmother Margaret of Connaught.

The sisters of Margrethe II also wore this tiara at their weddings: Anna Maria of Denmark in 1964 and Benedict of Denmark in 1968. This tradition was continued by the next generation: Alexandra, the daughter of Princess Benedict, wore this tiara on her wedding day in 1998, and Alexia, the daughter of Anna Maria, in 1999.

29.08.1968. Queen Sonya of Norway chose a modest silk wedding dress, embroidered with pearls at the collar and cuffs, with three-quarter sleeves and a flared skirt from Molstad clothing store. The train started from the shoulders. The bride's head was decorated with a veil and a wreath of artificial flowers.

14.11.1973. Princess Anne on her first wedding day wore a Tudor style dress with a high collar and "medieval sleeves" by Maureen Baker for Susan Small label.

19.06.1976. Queen Silvia of Sweden on her wedding day wore silk dress with bell sleeves and high collar designed by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. Her vintage veil was held in place by Cameo tiara with sea pearls created by Chaumet in 1809 for Empress Josephine.

28-29.06.1978. Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Rainier III of Monaco, for the civil ceremony of her first wedding with Philippe Junot, chose a laconic white dress. The dress was complemented by white gloves and a hat.

During the religious ceremony, she wore a 1970s-style dress with bell sleeves and lace floral motifs on the skirt. The dress was created by Marc Bohan for the Christian Dior fashion house. The bride's head was decorated with fresh flowers and a veil just below the waist. The marriage lasted only two years.

15.06.1978. Another dress by Mark Bohan for the Christian Dior fashion house: for Queen Noor of Jordan. The silk crepe dress with flared sleeves was decorated with gold trim. On the head of the bride was a veil with flowers.

29.07.1981. Diana, Princess of Wales, on her wedding day wore an ivory silk taffeta dress that had a wide full skirt, bouffant sleeves and a long wide train attached at the waist extending almost 8 meters behind the bride, the longest wedding train in royal history. The dress, adorned with hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls, was created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. A small blue bow sewn into the waistband was "something blue", a pair of diamond earrings belonging to the bride's mother and an 18-carat horseshoe stitched into the back of the dress for good luck - "something borrowed". She also wore a Spencer tiara.

29.12.1983. Princess Caroline of Monaco during her second wedding to Stefano Casiraghi wore a laconic beige dress designed by Marc Bohan for the Christian Dior fashion house. The bride's head was decorated with a satin ribbon to match the dress. There was no religious wedding because at that time the Vatican had not yet annulled her first marriage. This only happened in 1992, when the princess had already become a widow. In 1999, Princess Caroline married for the third time, to Ernst August, in a light blue Chanel suit.

23.07.1986. Sarah, Duchess of York, on her wedding day wore an ivory duchesse satin dress with embroidery, designed by Lindka Cierach. The embroidery included various symbols: hearts represented love, anchors and waves - groom's sailoring background, bumblebees and thistles - her family heraldry. The couple's initials were hidden underneath long veil. The bride also wore York tiara, a gift from the Queen, created by Garrard.

12.12.1992. Princess Anne on her second wedding day wore a cream dress with a jacket with a high collar. The bride's head was decorated with a sprig of white flowers.

09.06.1993. Empress Masako on her wedding day changed her kimono after the traditional ceremony for an ivory dress with a jacket with ruffles on the chest. The ensemble was created by Hanae Mori. Her look completed long gloves and a tiara.

10.06.1993. Queen Rania of Jordano on her wedding day wore a white dress with a collar by Bruce Oldfield. She completed her look with a matching silk ribbon, hairpin and veil.

14.07.1994. Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones, the niece of Queen Elizabeth II, chose a bridal gown with a corset bodice and lacing at the back, a square neckline, and a fluffy skirt designed by Jasper Conran. On her head was a Snowdon veil and flower tiara by Wartski jewelry house.

01.07.1995. It took 25 seamstresses to create the wedding dress for Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. An ivory dress by Valentino Fashion House is adorned with 12 types of lace, pink appliqués, and floral motifs on the sleeves.

01.07.1995. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco on her wedding day wore a knee-length lace dress, which is credited as being one of the shortest dresses in the history of royal weddings. The bride completed her look with pearl beads and earrings.

19.06.1999. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, on her wedding day wore a V-neck coat dress made of ivory silk organza with crepe and tulle. There were over 325,000 pearls and crystal beads on the coat dress, train and veil. The dress was designed by Samantha Shaw. Her head was crowned with the Anthemion tiara.

04.12.1999 A long-sleeved wedding dress coat in medieval style created by Belgian designer Edouard Vermelin for Natan Fashion House for Queen Matilda of Belgium is the last royal wedding dress of the 20th century. On the bride's head were a veil and tiara inherited from her mother-in-law, Queen Paola.

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