Monday, 25 April 2011

Modern Royal Weddings

On Friday Kate Middleton becomes Princess Catherine. Part of the transformation involves a big white dress - designer still unconfirmed. I'll be doing a specialist vintage wedding blog (including images from historical royal weddings) later this week, but in the meantime here is a photo round-up of recent royal weddings throughout Europe.

In 1995, Marie-Chantal Miller married Prince Pavlos of Greece in a Valentino gown thought to have cost £150,000:

In 1999 the Belgian heir-apparent Prince Philippe married speech therapist Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz:

The same year Princess Alexia of Greece married Spanish architect and yachtsman Carlos Morales Quintana:

In 2001 Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, married Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby. Their relationship was not without controversy, as she was a former waitress with a four-year old son from a previous relationship with a man with a drug conviction.

Princess Märtha of Norway married author Ari Behn in 2002:

Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, married former investment banker Máxima Zorreguieta in the same year:

In 2004 Prince Felipe of Spain married newsreader Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano:

In 2005 Prince Pieter of Holland married Anita van Eijk:

In 2008 Prince Joachim of Denmark married advertising executive Marie Cavallier:

Later that year Microsoft executive Mary Donaldson (below) would marry Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark:

This is a photograph of their first dance. No pressure!

Prince Edouard Lamoral Rodolphe of Ligne married actress Isabella Orsini in 2009:

Last year Princess Victoria of Sweden married personal trainer Daniel Westling in a spectacular ceremony. The bride looked beautiful but the guests really went to town - check out the outfits here.

This sort of post wouldn't be complete without a clip from the 1986 wedding of Charles and Diana. Regardez! I'm doing two more posts later this week with a royal wedding theme - one with plenty of pictures from historical royal weddings (from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Grace Kelly) and how to get the corresponding 'vintage' look on your special day - and another with links to the best royal wedding street parties in the UK on Friday 29th. Stay tuned x

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