Our third installment to our Royal Weddings Past has some possibly familiar faces in it starting with Princess Anne and Mark Phillips who married on November 14th, 1973. Anne was the first of Queen Elizabeth’s children to marry. Her gown was made of white silk, it had a high neck and pin tucks on the bodice to emphasize how tiny her waist was. The gown bore trumpet sleeves and had embroidery with silver thread that formed a floral design with pearls dispersed throughout.
Next we have the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer which took place on July 29th, 1981. To date this was the most visible wedding of the century, with over 750 million people watching in person and on television. Her gown featured a delicate bodice embellished with a ruffled collar with a little bow in the center. The large puffed sleeves had delicate ribbons that gathered them to ruffles that enveloped her arms. The layers of crinoline underneath the skirt created a very large, full skirt. There was also a train that went on for what people say looked like forever, which happened to only be 25 feet long…ok yes that is a LONG train, but it was perfect and stunning! The gown was made up of lots of luscious silks and laces, this dress is still widely talked about to this very day.
Our last entry for this excerpt in Past Royal Weddings will be the wedding of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson on July 23rd, 1986. This was also another televised Royal Wedding with an audience of 500 million tuned in, not as many as the previous one but still an astonishing amount of viewers! Her gown was made in a creamy ivory Duchess Satin. A scooped neckline edged with pearls, a bodice with boning and a dropped waist that came to a v-point in the front and back. The sleeves themselves were full at the shoulders and tapered to just below the elbow where they were also edged with pearls. The full skirt adorned a 17 foot train that flowed from underneath a fan shaped bow. This train was embellished with thousands upon thousands of pearls, bugle beads and sequins that came together in a design based upon Sarah’s coat of arms, and also had a few anchors and waves as a tribute to Andrew’s naval career.
That’s all for this edition of Royal Weddings Past, check back again to see what other royal weddings we have discovered and the gorgeous gowns worn.