20 Of The Most Iconic Royal Bridal Beauty Looks Of All Time

From Grace Kelly’s Juliet cap to Wallis Simpson’s halo-inspired hat, glean big day inspiration from these real life princesses


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1937

American divorcee Wallis Simpson wed Edward, Duke of Windsor, at the Château de Candé in France. Throwing tradition to the wind, Wallis opted for a pale blue dress by Mainbocher and coordinated with a blue straw hat which created a halo effect using soft tulle, designed by milliner Caroline Reboux.

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1947

Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, wed Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London. Her tiara snapped while she was getting ready at Buckingham Palace and the court jeweller was rushed by a police escort to his work room to fix it. Thankfully, he did.

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1956

At her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Grace Kelly wore a Juliet cap to hold her veil in place instead of an elaborate tiara. The cap included pearls and lace, as well as a delicate wreath of paper orange blossoms.

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1960

Theirs was the first televised royal wedding, but sadly the marriage didn’t last long. Princess Margaret wore a bold lip and voluminous up-do when she married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.

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1981

Lady Diana Spencer wore an ornate, floral tiara crafted from diamonds and silver for her wedding to Prince Charles of Wales. The tiara was a Spencer family heirloom, which was gifted to Diana’s grandmother in 1919 as a wedding gift.

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1993

Rania Al-Yassin was the epitome of 1990s maximalism when she wed King Abdullah II of Jordan. Glossy brown lipstick and full coverage foundation were only the beginning – she wore her hair piled high in a top-knot, and secured it with an of-the-time looped veil.

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1995Marie-Chantal Miller wed Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece at St Sophia’s Cathedral in London. Hosted by her billionaire father, Robert Warren Miller, no expense was spared and the nuptials reportedly cost US$1.5 million – which certainly explains her diamond-encrusted tiara.

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1999

The wedding of Prince Philippe of Belgium and Mathilde D'Udekem d’Acoz saw the pair partake in a civil marriage in three languages, followed by a wedding ceremony according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church in the Cathedral of Saint Michel. The youthful bride wore minimal makeup and her hair swept back under her veil.

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2004

It’s the real-life fairytale that has enchanted the public since the early Noughties – when Australian-born Mary Donaldson was introduced to Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, during a chance meeting at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Mary was gifted a wedding tiara from Frederik’s parents, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik.

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2004

In yet another fairytale love story, journalist Letizia Ortiz wed Prince Felipe of Spain in Madrid Cathedral. If you look closely, you’ll see that Letizia’s ‘something blue’ was her pale blue eyeliner matching her new husband’s sash. Aww.

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2010

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s baroque tiara added a least six inches of height during her wedding to her former personal trainer Daniel Westling in Stockholm Cathedral. Mattified skin and glossy nude lipstick polished off her bridal beauty look.

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2010

While we all dream of getting married in the Greek Islands, Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark, and Diane Von Furstenburg’s event planner Tatiana Blatnik did just that. Tatiana had clearly been basking in some glorious Greek sunshine ahead of ‘I do’, as she appeared sun-kissed and glowing when leaving the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos in Spetses arm in arm with her new husband.

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2011

Kate Middleton famously decided to do her own makeup for her 2011 royal wedding to Prince William, saying she wished to maintain a sense of normality. She’d participated in a few lessons with makeup artist Arabella Preston at a private flat in Chelsea to prepare. On the day, she wore her signature black eyeliner across her top and bottom lash line, and blended a heavy dose of blush from the apples of her cheeks up toward her temples.

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2011

Former Olympic swimmer Charlene Lynette Wittstock wed Prince Albert II of Monaco in a civil ceremony in the Throne Room of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco. Grace Kelly’s daughter-in-law kept her look chic with a coiffed up-do and cathedral-length veil.

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2012

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy wed Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Luxembourg in a dress designed for her by Elie Saab. Stéphanie wore her hair in an elaborate bun that knotted around itself and was secured in place with her veil. Rose hues played up her delicate facial features.

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2013

While her dress is regarded as one of the most iconic royal wedding dresses of all time, it’s Claire Lademacher’s bridal beauty look that has us smitten. During her wedding to Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the tele communications heiress chose a jewel-toned lipstick to accentuate the fullness of her lips. Don’t even get us started on those dimples…

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2013

While her veil and tiara scream 1980s, Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s tanned skin, subtle smoky eye and expertly filled in brows returns us to the present day. She wed Christopher O’Neill at Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm.

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2015

Sofia Kristina Hellqvist was all smiles at her wedding to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, flashing her classic gap-toothed smile. Her brunette tresses were smoothed into a sophisticated chignon, while her makeup was kept simple – save for a little kohl eyeliner to frame her striking green eyes.

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2018

Unlike her new sister-in-law, Meghan called in the experts to create her bridal beauty look. Celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin didn’t use much base makeup on the new Duchess of Sussex, instead allowing her natural freckles to shine through. Eyes were the focus, which featured smoky grey eyeshadow and fluffed up lashes.

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2018

Princess Eugenie opted for a similar style to Meghan’s when she wed Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle – but there’s only so much one can do with hair when a tiara is a must. She wore a low-slung bun with face-framing layers tucked behind her ears, topped off with an emerald tiara that was created in 1921 and procured from the Queen’s vault.

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