If the pictures of the wedding dresses of titled persons inevitably get into all the newspapers, then the second (and sometimes third) dresses are a more intimate story, testifying to the personal preferences of the bride.
Kate Middleton at an evening reception on her wedding day with Prince William, April 29, 2011; Beatrice Borromeo at a reception in honor of her wedding with Pierre Casiraghi, August 1, 2015; Charlene Wittstock on her wedding day with Prince Albert, June 1, 2011
Every royal wedding becomes public. Attention is attracted by the venue of the ceremony, the guest list, the festive transport and, of course, the incredible wedding dresses of the royal brides. But what if there is more than one dress at the wedding? Many titled persons decided on such a step, planning an evening reception after a religious ceremony.
There are quite a lot of strict rules regarding the wedding dresses of royal brides. According to rumors, Her Majesty has the right to make adjustments to the appearance of her present and future relatives going to the altar. However, regarding ensembles for an evening reception, everything is not so strict.
Both dresses, chosen by the queen’s granddaughter for a special day, can be safely called an ideal choice. The fitted Peter Pilotto dress was replaced by a delicate beige Zac Posen dress with an unusual cut by the evening. The 28-year-old daughter-in-law also changed her hairstyle and accessories, presenting herself in a more modern and daring image.
In Posen’s Instagram, you can see a feature that distinguishes Evgenia’s evening dress from the wedding one: a long translucent train that would not correspond in any way to the windy weather that prevailed on the October day of 2018.
The wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco in 2011 was a grand event even by royal standards, given the multi-day celebrations and the Eagles concert. The civil ceremony was followed by a solemn Catholic mass, followed by an evening reception. The princess changed the Giorgio Armani couture dress with slumped shoulders to a more relaxed model with ruffles and sequins in a pale blue shade.
Charlotte is the daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and the granddaughter of Princess Grace of Monaco, but her wedding can hardly be compared with the wedding of a Hollywood star and Prince Rainier. In 2019, Miss Casiraghi and her chosen one Dmitry Rassam first staged a civil ceremony, at which the girl appeared in a short light gray Saint Laurent dress with long sleeves and three voluminous bows in front. For the evening reception, the bride changed into a strapless Chanel silk dress with a voluminous bodice and a high slit in the front from the spring 2019 collection. Charlotte, who has always been a fan of Chanel, complemented him with pointed ankle boots with an open heel and a necklace of her grandmother Grace. She also did the “smooth wave” styling in the movie star’s signature style. The groom was wearing a white tuxedo and black trousers.
Well, the third dress turned out to be just a wedding outfit. The couple held a religious ceremony in Provence at the Abbey of Sainte-Marie-de-Pierredon, near Saint-Remy-de-Provence. This time Charlotte appeared in a chiffon Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress with an overstated waist, ruffles and an open shoulder effect. This time the bride was wearing a veil, and the groom was wearing a bohemian three—piece suit.
The Italian aristocrat clearly wanted to compete with her stylish daughters-in-law when she married the son of Princess Caroline of Hanover, Pierre Casiraghi. Their wedding took two whole weekends, for which the bride picked up five outfits. For example, a relaxed atmosphere prevailed at the welcome party: the groom was dressed in light trousers, a white shirt and summer shoes, and the bride, whose curls were decorated with flowers, was in an artfully embroidered dress with hippie—style sleeves.
Fashion reviewers believe that Beatrice saved the best of them for last. The girl arrived at the final evening reception by boat. She was wearing a white tulle Armani dress with a pleated train, at the base of which were two diamond brooches — a symbol of the union of two families.
Unlike a significant part of modern brides, Prince William’s chosen one preferred rather conservative outfits both for the wedding itself and for the evening reception that followed it. Both dresses were designed by Alexander McQueen Atelier under the direction of Sarah Burton. The evening version is a model made of ivory satin with a stiff bodice, an A—line skirt, an elegant belt and a delicate angora cardigan. This dress no longer had a train, which means that at the reception Kate could already move without anyone’s help.
Swedish Princess Madeleine
At her wedding to financier Christopher O’Neill in 2013, the youngest daughter of King Charles and Queen Silvia of Sweden decided to pay tribute to family traditions. After the wedding, at which the princess appeared in a lace Valentino toilet, a ball followed. On it, Madeleine appeared in her mother’s dress. Queen Silvia was seen wearing it at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner. Later, the copy became part of an exhibition dedicated to the wedding dresses of the royals.
Lady Gabriella Windsor
For the wedding in St. George ‘s Chapel , the daughter of Prince Michael of Kent chose a traditional white dress with long sleeves . But by the evening the bride changed into a dress that opens her arms. Lady Gabriella’s second dress was also made of lace and equipped with a train, but much more compact. In order not to freeze, she took a light fur cape with her.
Both wedding images of the Duchess of Sussex were devoid of small details. Her simple dress with a boat collar from Givenchy even surprised royal fans). Many wondered why the bride did not prefer a British designer to work on the wedding toilet, but Megan paid tribute to the local fashion industry by choosing an evening outfit. At a reception at Frogmore House on May 19, 2018, the Duchess appeared in a Stella McCartney dress with a high collar and open shoulders, complementing it with her late mother-in-law’s cocktail ring with an impressive aquamarine.
The chosen one of Prince Ernst of Hanover is a designer, so it is not surprising that she, like Charlotte Casiraghi, has prepared as many as three outfits for the wedding. She ordered all of them from her friend, Lebanese fashion designer Sandra Mansour. After the wedding, at which Catherine appeared in a traditional dress with lace, embroidery and a train, the young couple went to Herrhausen Castle, where an evening reception was held for a select circle of guests. At the party, the Princess of Hanover wore a cream dress with slumped shoulders without any hint of the former image.
But at the party the day before the celebration, traditionally called the “wedding rehearsal”, Malysheva appeared in a delicate dusty pink dress in a bohemian style with flared sleeves and embroidery.