Royal weddings are always a public affair (1.9billion people watched Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot on TV in 2018), but it turns out there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes that we aren’t aware of. Here’s everything you didn’t know.
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Queen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840
Queen Victoria set the white wedding dress trend
When Queen Victoria2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 married her cousin Albert in 1840, she wore a white satin design and inspired millions of others to do the same.
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Princess Diana said the wrong name during her vows
Wedding day nerves got the better of Diana when she mistakenly said Philip and Charles in the wrong order and vowed to love ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’.
Then Princess Elizabeth paid for her wedding dress with ration coupons
Queen Elizabeth used ration coupons to buy her dress
The then-Princess Elizabeth used clothing ration coupons to buy her wedding dress fabric from Norman Hartnell to wear on her big day with the Duke of Edinburgh. She was granted an extra 200 coupons from the government.
Every royal wedding serves fruitcake
2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Every British royal wedding since Queen Victoria’s 1840 ceremony has served fruitcake. Why? It’s a symbol of wealth and prosperity, while the variety of ingredients is said to represent the vastness of the British empire.
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Princess Diana married the Prince of Wales in 1981
Princess Diana spilled perfume on her gown
Instead of spraying it on her wrists, Diana reportedly spilled perfume all over gown en route to the ceremony. Apparently, her make-up artist showed her how to hold the dress to cover up the stain.
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Every royal bride has a sprig of myrtle in their bouquet
Queen Victoria carried myrtle – the herb of love – in her wedding bouquet2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 and went on to plant a shrub in her garden at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight afterwards. Every royal bride since has carried a sprig from her shrub in their wedding bouquet.
Princess Diana's wedding shoes paid tribute to her husband-to-be with his initial on the sole
Princess Diana’s wedding shoes had a hidden message
Besides being covered in 542 sequins and 132 pearls, Diana’s heels had the initials C and D for Charles and Diana, painted on the soles of her wedding shoes.
The Duchess of Cambridge did her own wedding make-up
The Duchess of Cambridge did her own make up
2020欧洲杯体育线上投注Kate had lessons from make-up artist Arabella Preston but opted to do it herself on the big day.
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Princess Diana had the longest wedding dress train of all royal brides
Princess Diana had the longest train in royal history
It was 25 feet long.
Queen Elizabeth’s tiara snapped on her wedding day
The court jeweler was rushed by police escort to repair it before the bride left for Westminster Abbey.
They receive thousands of gifts
Elizabeth and Philip received 2,500 wedding presents and 10,000 congratulatory telegrams.
The Duchess of Cambridge now wears Princess Diana's former engagement ring
Diana’s engagement ring was not custom-made
The iconic £28,000 sapphire and diamond design was not custom-made; Diana picked it out of a Garrarrd’s catalogue. The ring is now worn by her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
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They cater to potential wardrobe malfunctions too
William and Harry wore built-in sweat guards during William and Kate’s wedding, so that they didn’t sweat under the bright television lights in the cathedral.
Not everyone follows tradition
William doesn’t wear a wedding ring, but his father does.
The family doesn’t always exchange traditional wedding gifts
Kate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton,2020欧洲杯体育线上投注 gave his sister and brother-in-law their cocker spaniel, Lupo, as a wedding present.
Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018
Meghan Markle was the oldest royal bride
She was 36 on her big day.