Thursday, 18 November 2010

Royal Weddings

Earlier this week Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their long-awaited engagement. I for one, am super-psyched for the wedding.. I am such a crazy royalist and I love a party, and only once in a blue moon do the two combine.

So in today’s musings I’ll be going all “Four Weddings” and assessing the dresses of a selection of royal nuptials from the last 170 years.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: 1840
Victoria and Albert were very much the Posh and Becks of their time; everybody wanted to be them. So of course it was only natural that their wedding was one of the most lavish occasions of the era.
Victoria was a young bride at only 21 and looked ravishing in a white satin gown, adorned with orange flower blossoms and a flounce of  the finest lace that had ever been seen. And Prince Albert (who, I must admit is possibly my biggest historical crush) donned a field marshal’s uniform (mmm and who doesn't love a man in uniform?)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip: 1947
Two years after the close of World War Two saw the marriage of our current monarch, and isn’t she a stunner.

Elizabeth, like her great-great-great-grandmother, also wed at 21- my favourite addition to her Norman Hartnell ensemble is the diamond tiara. And the best part of this wedding was that it was televised!

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer: 1981
This ceremony was billed as the “the wedding of the century”, and whilst the marriage itself was short-lived, they definitely put on a show.

Lady Di’s dress was made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls, and had a 25-foot train of ivory taffeta. This dress is a bit much for me, but, then again- this was the eighties.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles: 2005
Prince Charles’ 2nd wedding was somewhat overshadowed by the recent death of Pope John-Paul II. Plus it was only a civil ceremony and the Queen didn’t even go. What a cop-out. Plus they barely even acknowledged the public!

I think Camilla looks nice though, classy and reserved in both of her wedding outfits. 

I'm expecting great things from Kate and William, and they better not let me down! What do you lot think?

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