Royal Weddings Comparison – 1981, 2011 And 2018

t was July, 29th of 1981 when an estimated seven hundred and fifty million people around the world tuned in to watch as the broadcast was showing in the television the ‘fairy-tale wedding.’ They were being witnesses of the royal wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles.

The first significant part where every single pair of eyes were focused on was as Princess Diana arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a horse-drawn carriage called the Glass Coach and walked down the aisle. With an heirloom tiara and a giant confection of a dress complete with voluminous taffeta sleeves and a twenty-five-foot train, people couldn’t resist but feel dazzled. The designers of this “suitably dramatic in order to make an impression” dress were by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The dress type was of ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown. The designers made sure she had the longest dress train in Windsor history. No doubt it was the ‘wedding of the century’ with thirty-five hundred guests and millions of people staring at only one spot. As for Prince Charles, he wore his military dress uniform.

Moving on April 29th of 2011, when another royal wedding was taking place. Kate Middleton and Prince William were about to tie the knot in another fairytale wedding at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. Although 30 years have passed from the former royal wedding, people started to draw comparisons between the two weddings. Prince William had proposed to Kate with the engagement ring which was Princess Diana’s. It was a twelve-carat oval sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds.

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The ceremony was smaller than Prince Charles and Diana’s. There were nineteen hundred guests, including celebrity friends of them. David and Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John were seen amid the other guests.

After the wedding, the couple and the bridal procession headed to Buckingham Palace. After this, they showed up in the balcony to watch a ceremonial military flight of several R.A.F. aircraft.

Kate Middleton’s gown had an A-line silhouette with a long train, but a short veil, unlike Princess Diana’s. It featured an ivory satin bodice and a flattering V-shaped neckline.

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Now, let’s move from 2011 to May 19th, 2018. We passed through another royal wedding, where Prince Harry married the American actress, Meghan Markle. The couple met on a blind date and were often seen to break the ice of the royal traditions. Markle broke the mold of a British royal bride because of the fact she is biracial, American, and has been divorced.

Markle’s sleek boatneck gown was designed by Claire Waight Keller. It was beautifully crafted from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady with a matte finish, which as you can see from the photo below, it shows off her shoulders attractively.

Despite the pre-wedding drama related to Meghan’s bridal escort, she kept things simple and by-the-book on her wedding day. Starting from the royal wedding ceremony with the lovely little bridesmaids and page boys, to the post-wedding horse-drawn carriage procession.

No doubt three of the brides looked gorgeous and such flawless duchesses.

As we can see the three royal wedding beauty looks slightly varied. Princess Diana wore her short hair down while Kate Middleton sported a half-up-half-down style. As for Meghan Markle, she wore her hair up in a low (slightly messy) bun. Meghan’s makeup approach was also a bit more natural than either Princess Diana or Kate’s.

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We can see how each pair have adapted many traditions of the day including the parades through London.

‘Virtuous and fair, royal and gracious.’ Excuse me while I sob!

In the video below, watch highlights from each royal couple’s wedding through 1981, 2011 and 2018:

Source: The New Yorker

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