Spoiler — the cost of the most expensive of them is equivalent to $ 8 million (or almost 600 million rubles).
Queen Letizia, Empress Masako and Princess Diana in their wedding dresses
Royal weddings have been, are and remain dazzling events, and privileged brides, as a rule, do not spare money for wedding dresses. Comparing the cost of wedding dresses of European princesses and duchesses is a special pleasure for those who are interested in royal dynasties.
The Duchess of Sussex
The cost of the dress: 150 thousand dollars
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day, May 19, 2018
Prince Harry married his sweetheart in Windsor on May 19, 2018. There were a lot of guesses about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress: the couple attracted increased attention, and special statements were expected from her. The Givenchy dress with long sleeves and a boat neckline, which cost about 110 thousand pounds, surprised everyone with its brevity. It is not it that is responsible for the drama in this outfit, but an amazing veil with symbolic embroidery, in which tribute was paid to all 53 countries of the Commonwealth, as well as to the bride’s native state.
The cost of the dress: more than 200 thousand dollars
The Princess of Wales on her wedding day, July 29, 1981
In 2019, the famous dress in which Lady Diana Spencer was married to Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 was re-evaluated. At the time of creation, the wedding toilet cost around nine thousand pounds, today it is estimated at 151 thousand pounds. The author of the design, David Emanuel, described his creation as “dramatic enough to make an impression.” Despite its fame, the dress has a dubious reputation: someone is confused by its style, someone — that the matter is too crumpled, spoiling the composition, and someone – a lot of “bad” omens attributed to the outfit.
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
The cost of the dress: 225 thousand dollars
Marie-Chantal Miller on her wedding day with Crown Prince Paul, July 1, 1995
The most solemn day in the life of Prince Paul and Marie-Chantal of Greece cost the Royal House of Greece and Denmark a round sum of around $ 11 million. Of these, almost a quarter of a million went to the wedding outfit. The bride chose a Valentino dress with a corset bodice, embroidery, pearls and a chantilly lace train almost four meters long. It took about four months of work for 25 seamstresses to create it. The lovers were married in July 1995 in London, at St. Sophia Cathedral, and then arranged a reception for 1200 guests at Hampton Court Palace. The celebration was deemed worthy of the Crown Prince and his distinguished guests, including Elizabeth II and the Spanish royal couple.
The cost of the dress: 275 thousand dollars
Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie on their wedding day, October 12, 2018
The granddaughter of the British Queen married her lover in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in October 2018. Princess Eugenie was wearing a dress created by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vaux, which received a lot of praise and clearly overshadowed the wedding outfit of Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry in May of the same year. Eugenia’s outfit cost 200 thousand pounds and was made of a spectacular fabric with embroidery that captured important symbols and details for Eugenia — for example, a thistle that stood for Balmoral, a shamrock associated with Ireland – the birthplace of her mother, a rose – the emblem of her father, the Duke of York. The fitted style, a small train, open collarbones, the absence of a veil and a spectacular cutout on the back, revealing the scar on the back of the princess, did not leave anyone indifferent.
The cost of the dress: about 300 thousand dollars
The wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito o Masako Owada
June 9, 1993
In 1993, the Japanese Crown Prince, and now Emperor Naruhito and his beloved Masako Owada held several wedding ceremonies, as is customary in the imperial family. Those present at the traditional ceremony were struck by the silk wedding kimono used in Shinto weddings. It consisted of 12 layers, each of which weighed at least a kilogram. It was reported that the train of white silk brocade was worn on the bride for three hours. Masako also had a dress for a social reception — as is customary at the imperial court, in the European style.
The Duchess of Cambridge
The cost of the dress: 340 thousand dollars
Kate Middleton accompanied by her sister and father on her wedding day with Prince William, April 29, 2011
Kate Middleton exchanged vows with the future heir to the throne in front of millions of people watching the royal wedding thanks to live broadcasts from London. On April 29, 2011, the whole world froze in anticipation of the royal bride. She appeared in an Alexander McQueen dress made of satin and lace. It is believed that the future Duchess and Sarah Burton , who worked with her , borrowed the design from another famous royal bride . Anyway, the wedding dress of the future queen cost 250 thousand pounds, which is considered a substantial sum even by royal standards. However, this is not the limit.
The cost of the dress: more than $ 8 million
Letizia Ortiz and Crown Prince Philip on their wedding day
Juan Carlos and Sofia at their son’s wedding, May 22, 2004
The current Queen of Spain Letizia is considered the owner of the most expensive wedding dress in modern history. If the cost of other wedding dresses of queens, princesses and duchesses is estimated in tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, here we are talking about millions (approximate calculation — 6 million pounds or 8 million dollars). Journalist Letizia Ortiz married Crown Prince Philip of Spain in 2004. Preparing for the celebration, she turned to the royal couturier Manuel Pertegas, a favorite of her future mother-in-law. Queen Sofia also gave Letizia a diamond tiara in which she was married to King Juan Carlos, and Pertegas decorated the silk wedding dress of the future Crown Princess with embroidery with real gold thread. Royalty in the style was achieved due to a high collar, long sleeves and a train four and a half meters long. The cost of the dress is not inferior to even the most luxurious wedding dresses of oriental princesses.