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Comparison of Princess Diana, Kate and Meghan’s Royal Weddings

21/05/2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ’s fairytale wedding is just hours away and the world’s attention is focused on the royal couple in Windsor. The former American actress tied the knot with the sixth in line to the British crown on Saturday, May 19 in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. But their fairtale has already drawn a lot of comparisons to Kate Middleton and Princess Diana wedding.  While it certainly was a royal affair, today’s wedding had a few key differences compared to when Prince William wed Kate Middleton back in 2011 and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. Here’s how the three celebrations compared

Walk down the aisle

 

Princess Diana

The beautiful 20-year-old bride was escorted by her father Earl Spencer for the three-and-a-half minute walk down the aisle.

 

 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton leaves Goring Hotel accompanied by her father, Michael Middleton.

 

 

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle was escorted down the aisle by her future father-in-law, Prince Charles, instead of her own father.

 

 

Wedding Dress

 

Princess Diana

Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown, with a 25-foot (7.62 m) train, valued then at 151,000. It became one of the most famous dresses in the world and was considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in fashion history. The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.

 

 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton wears Alexander McQueen dress. The glowing bride chose another design from Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen for dinner and dancing.

 

 

 

Meghan Markle

Markle wore a gown from Givenchy’s creative director Claire Waight Keller. Meghan Markle wore not just one, but two stunning dresses on her wedding day. For her evening reception at Frogmore House, Meghan changed into a second wedding dress designed by Stella McCartney.

 

 

Tiara

 

Princess Diana

One of Diana’s most memorable pieces was the tiara she wore on her wedding day in 1981. The Spencer tiara had been in the princess’ family for almost a century.

 

 

Kate Middleton

Kate wore the Cartier Halo tiara includes nearly 1,000 diamonds.

 

 

Meghan Markle

Meghan was  wearing a beautiful and very glamorous bandeau tiara, which was made in 1932 for Queen Mary.

 

 

Hair and makeup

 

Princess Diana, her iconic short haircut

The Princess of Wales had make-up supremo Barbara Daly help her get ready for her big day.

 

 

Kate Middleton

Middleton let her hair down into her signature voluminous and bouncy blowout. She use black liner on her lids and  a splash of pink blush on her cheeks.

 

 

Meghan Markle

Her hair was center-parted and tucked behind hair ears. Messy buns. The make is very simply and natural, smoky eye makeup and pink lips.

 

 

The Ring

 

Princess Diana

Her engagement ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold.It was created by jeweler Garrard.

 

 

Kate Middleton

Kate’s ring was made from Welsh gold and had been given to William by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

Meghan Markle

Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle with a custom ring featuring a gold band, two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection and a center stone from Botswana, where the the newlywed couple reportedly fell in love.

 

Bride Bouquet

Princess Diana

Princess Diana carried a fresh-from-the-garden bridal cascading bouquet, filled with flowers like gardenias, lily of the valley, orchids, stephanotis, freesias, Earl Mountbatten roses (a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten– Charles’ late uncle).

 

 

Kate Middleton

Middleton chose the flowers because of their special meanings—she carried Lily of the valleys to symbolize the return of happiness; Sweet William flowers for gallantry; hyacinths for constancy of love; ivy for fidelity, marriage, friendship and affection; and myrtle, the emblem of marriage and love.

 

 

Meghan Markle

Prince Harry hand-picked flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to his bride’s bespoke bouquet, which was designed by florist Philippa Craddock. The bouquet featured forget-me-nots, the favorite flower of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. In the language of flowers, they symbolize true love — the perfect message on a day full of joy and celebration.

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