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10 Of The Most Iconic Royal Wedding Dresses Of All Time

What's more exciting than a royal wedding? A royal wedding dress!

We take a look back at some of the most talked about wedding dresses in royal history.

Sofia Hellqvist: Wearing a delicate emerald and diamond tiara, former glamour model and reality star Sofia Hellqvist looked stunning at her wedding to Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden in early June 2015. Local designer, Ida Sjostedt, was responsible for the hand-stitched and cut lace creation.

Wallis Simpson: Wallis Simpson made headlines around the world when King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry the American divorcee in 1937. Wearing a “Wallis blue” Mainbocher creation and a coordinating straw hat with blue tulle, the newly-dubbed Duke and Duchess of Windsor had a low-key ceremony at Chateau de Conde in France. Her dress was presented to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950 and can still be seen there today.

Grace Kelly: Iconic American actress, Grace Kelly, became the Princess of Monaco following her marriage to Prince Rainier III in 1956. Her wedding dress, designed by MGM’s Helen Rose who also created Kelly’s outfits in High Society and The Swan, took six weeks to create by three-dozen people.

Queen Noor: In 1978, Queen Noor (formerly Lisa Najeeb Halaby) wore a simple silk Christian Dior dress for her wedding to King Hussein of Jordan.

Princess Diana: Perhaps the most iconic wedding dress in history, Princess Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Embellished with pearls, sequins and lace, the gown’s most memorable feature was the 25ft (or 7.62m) train.

Princess Mary Donaldson: The very first Australian Princess, Mary Donaldson married the Crown Prince of Denmark in 2004. Designed by Uffe Frank, the dress featured ivory duchess satin lined with silk organza and silk panels revealing heirloom lace detailing. Mary wore a veil first worn by the Crown Princess Margret of Sweden in 1905 anchored on her wedding tiara, gifted by her parents in law Queen and Prince Henrik.

Princess Letizia: A week after Mary, Princess Letizia of Spain wore a gown designed by couturier, Manuel Pertegaz. Using bespoke natural silk, Pertegaz embroidered silver and gold fleur de lys flowers, clovers, strawberry fruit trees and ears of wheat at the base of the dress and train with the intricate embroidery also used sparingly on the high collar of the gown.

Charlene Wittstock: South African beauty, Charlene Wittstock wore Armani to marry Prince Albert of Monaco in 2011. Highly embellished with crystals, pearls and platinum-coated thread, the silk gown reportedly took over 2500 hours to create and included 20m of white silk tulle for the veil alone.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden: This royal bride looked stunning in her classic gown, designed by local, Par Engsheden. With a rounded, almost off-the-shoulder collar and a sash cinching the waist, this duchess silk satin dream was perfect for the June weather in 2010. Wearing an heirloom lace veil, Victoria also donned the traditional Cameo tiara, earrings and bracelet.

Duchess Catherine of Cambridge: Then known as Kate Middleton, the bride looked like the perfect modern day princess when she arrived for her wedding to Prince William in 2011. Designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen, the bridal gown featured floral lace motifs appliqued on to silk net tulle.

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