On our second venture into the past with Royal weddings the first couple we are honoring is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip who married in 1947.
For her wedding at the Westminster Abbey, she wore an ivory duchess satin gown embellished with silver thread, crystals, with transparent appliqué tulle embroidery and over 10,000 tiny imported pearls, designed by dressmaker Norman Hartnell. The elaborate patterns on the 15-foot train which attached at the shoulders, was embroidered in pearl, crystal and appliqué duchess satin. It was inspired by Botticelli's Primavera, to signify hope after the long war. Still one of the most phenomenal gowns ever worn at a royal wedding.
Next we have Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco who wed in 1956. One of the most familiar weddings of the century. Grace Kelly's wedding dress was made by Helen Rose, a wardrobe designer at MGM. To make sure she was suitable as a princess, her wedding gown featured a modest rounded collar with a high-neck , a full skirt of ivory peau de soie, and a fitted bodice made of Brussels lace that was embroidered with seed pearls. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds. When seeing this gown we think “iconic”, as it has been the inspiration of many, many gowns since.
Our last couple for this edition of Royal Weddings Past is Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones who wed in 1960.
Princess Margaret wore a simple gown by her favorite designer, Norman Hartnell (also the designer for Queen Elizabeth II), for the first-ever televised royal wedding. The gown was in white silk organza dress, with a high neckline and fitted bodice, it had a short train instead of a separate court train as seen in the past. She wore a veil designed by Claude St Cyr of Paris, it had piping on the trim that matched her gown, and a Poltimore tiara. Just as much a vision as her sister the Queen, even with the simplicity of her gown she was still magnificent.
Come back again to see what our next edition of Royal Weddings Past and see what royals we have uncovered.