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10 Apr 2018
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A look back at more than seven decades of royal wedding dresses

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Kate Middleton married Prince William in an Alexander McQueen dress, created by Sarah Burton.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine head to Buckingham Palace after their wedding in London on April 29, 2011. The birth of the couple's first baby will be the culmination of their relationship which began as friendship, blossomed into love and saw them marry in a fairytale wedding.

With just over a month left before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, which is to be held on May 19 in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, rumors about the future bride’s dress are everywhere.

The latest rumors suggest fashion labels Erdem or Ralph & Russo may have been tasked to design and produce the gown, which will be the focus of much attention during the ceremony six weeks from now.

In the meantime, here’s a look back at some of the most beautiful dresses at royal and princely weddings, including the those worn by Elizabeth II, Grace Kelly, Lady Diana, and more recently Kate Middleton.

Queen Elizabeth II of England

On November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in a dress designed by dressmaker Norman Hartnell.

Embroidered with 10 000 pearls, it had a four-meter-long train with embroidery motifs of scattered flowers.

Grace Kelly

The gown worn by Grace Kelly at her wedding to Prince Rainier III on April 19, 1956, was made by costume designer Helen Rose, and given as a gift by MGM Studios.

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A real Hollywood star’s dress!

Queen Sofia of Greece and Denmark

Designer Jean Dessès was tasked to create this spectacular organza and silver lamé dress for Princess Sophia of Greece for her wedding to Prince Juan Carlos of Spain on May 14, 1962.

Diana Spencer

For her wedding to Prince Charles on 29 July 1981, Lady Diana wore a spectacular dress with large puffed sleeves, thousands of pearls and a train of more than seven meters in length designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

Queen Rania of Jordan

Rania al-Yassin, today Queen of Jordan, wore a dress by British designer Bruce Oldfield at her wedding to Prince Abdullah on June 10, 1993.

Kate Middleton

Watched by the entire world, on April 29, 2011, Kate Middleton married Prince William in an Alexander McQueen dress, created by Sarah Burton.

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The lace and satin gown was unanimously praised for its design which combined tradition and modernity.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco called on Italian designer Giorgio Armani to create the dress for her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco, on July 2, 2011.

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The dress combined an understated overall design with thousands of gems and crystals.

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