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Posts tagged “Royal bridal gowns”

Yet another Royal mounted the steps at St George's Chapel this weekend. Find out more about her gorgeous wedding dress... 
Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding 
 
Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor (yes, it's a mouthful, but an elegant one,) wed this weekend. I had predicted that Princess Beatrice @beatriceandeugenieofyork would be the next to walk up St George's Chapel aisle but it turned out I was wrong. Yes, that's an admission from an ex-lawyer, might be a long time before there's another 
 
So, was she wearing something clingy and revealing? Well, fitted, yes, but revealing, no. HRH The Queen was in attendance after all and a reasonable level of modesty is de rigeur for most Royal brides 
 
Lady Gabriella, whose father Prince Michael of Kent is the Queen's cousin, wore a custom gown from Luisa Beccaria in Milan (@luisabeccaria) and a Russian Fringe diamond tiara, worn by both her grandmother HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and her mother HRH Princess Michael of Kent 
Did you know that Queen Victoria was an influencer of her day? On her wedding day she wore a white gown, something that was not popular at the time. She teamed it with a white veil and orange blossom wreath 
Of course there was no social media and it wasn't televised but word still got around through fashion magazines and newspapers. Soon the previously fashionable silver for bridal gowns was no more and a new tradition, the white wedding dress was born 
 
Although white fabric remained a staple, the elements of bridal attire remained subject to fashionable change. Queen Victoria patronised Honiton lace and many wealthy brides followed this trend and deep flounces of Honiton lace were not uncommon, often paired with Honiton lace veils and a floral wreath 
 
Flowergirl outfits of the day tended to be ornate. Flowergirls were often seen in a dress and jacket, trimmed with swansdown, to which were added scarves, sashes and bonnets - a veritable smorgasbord of frills and furbelows. Or, put another way, more in the 19th century, was definitely more 
 
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The Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress is going on display at Windsor Castle from 26th October 2018 to 6th January 2018 and will then be on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from 14th June 2019 to 6th October 2019. What an exciting opportunity this will be for all potential brides to see this fabulous haute couture dress and spectacular veil. 
It would be hard to deny (and who would want to) that Princess Eugenie struck absolutely the right note with her fabulous Peter Pilotto portrait neckline gown when she married Jack Brooksbank on 12th October 2018. The dress, with low back draping into a full length train, was designed to show boldly the bride's scar from surgery as a child. It was made of bespoke silk in a woven jacquard containing a thistle from Scotland, the York Rose, a shamrock from Ireland and ivy to represent the couple's home. 
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