Rules reportedly dictate that royal brides must have no short hemlines, no low necklines, and no shoulders on display, but what did they wear once they were away from the cameras?
Princess Kate, Princess Charlene and more royals swapped their iconic wedding dresses for bolder ensembles at their private evening receptions - but these second outfits are much less widely known. We're talking about Meghan Markle's shoulder-baring halterneck gown and Princess Eugenie's colourful pink frock, for example.
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She was pictured waving to royal crowds in a horse-drawn carriage as she made her way to Heathrow Airport in a short-sleeved peplum jacket with a nipped-in waist and a pleated ankle-length skirt.
The Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle revealed her love of sharp tailoring and clean silhouettes when she married Prince Harry in a beautifully simple bateau neck gown by Givenchy. For the evening reception at Frogmore House, she decided to show a little more flesh, opting for a gorgeous halterneck dress by Stella McCartney.
Princess Alexandra's granddaughter Flora Vesterberg (née Ogilvy) wore several stunning weddings for her nuptials with Swedish financier, Timothy Vesterberg.
For her 2020 nuptials at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, Flora was a beautiful bride in a modern gown by Emilia Wickstead, but she opted for a lacy creation for her marriage blessing in 2021.
She wore a Phillipa Lepley gown featuring a romantic sweetheart neckline, sheer long sleeves and delicate embroidered flowers which she said "was influenced by the knowledge of botany that my landscape designer father, James, had taught me." She later rocked a third pink mini dress for a celebration at Claridges Hotel in London.
Princess Eugenie wowed royal watchers when she changed out of her gorgeous, white Peter Pilotto-designed wedding dress into an equally-divine blush pink Zac Posen frock for the evening reception. The 28-year-old also switched up her hair and accessories, letting her chestnut waves fall loose and adding a pair of eye-catching chunky earrings.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
The wedding of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco was an exceptionally grand affair, even by royal wedding standards, featuring a civil ceremony followed by a huge Catholic mass. For the evening she changed out of her white Giorgio Armani couture dress into this gorgeous ruffled design featuring rows of sequins.
Princess Sofia of Sweden's second dress was more daring than her first. The former model wed Prince Carl Philip in 2015 wearing an Ida Sjöstedt gown with long lace sleeves, but she later changed into another frock from the designer with a lace one-shouldered silhouette.
Princess of Wales
Princess Kate wore one of the most famous wedding dresses of all time when she arrived at Westminster Abbey in a heavily embroidered Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown. But for her wedding reception, the mum-of-three changed into a simpler gown by the same designer featuring a satin A-line skirt and a sweetheart neckline, which she accessorised with a sweet cream cardigan. The second dress had the added bonus of no train, meaning she no longer needed sister Pippa on hand to get around!
After saying 'I do' in her iconic puff-sleeve wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Princess Diana changed into a pink suit which became known as her 'honeymoon outfit'.
The Princess of Wales was pictured wearing a beautiful bespoke pink dress and jacket designed by David Sassoon for Bellville Sassoon on her wedding day, which she later recycled on the royal tour to Australia in 1982, and to open a hospital in Grimsby in 1983.
Lady Gabriella Windsor
While we didn't get to see her second wedding dress in all its glory, Lady Gabriella Windsor's fashion designer Luisa Beccaria shared a sketch of the sleeveless, floor-length white tulle dress, which was embroidered with mother of pearl exclusively with HELLO!. Isn't it gorgeous?
After surprising in Saint Laurent for her civil ceremony, Charlotte Casiraghi changed into a custom-made white silk Chanel strapless dress for her reception. The beautiful bride accessorised the dress with her grandmother Princess Grace's Cartier diamond necklace with her hair styled into sleek old Hollywood-style curls.
Photo: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier Monaco
Louis Ducruet's bride Marie Chevallier wore a jumpsuit for her civil ceremony and princess-style gown for their second ceremony at Monaco Cathedral, before changing into a third outfit at their wedding reception. The royal bride dared to bare her legs in a Rosa Clara mini dress, which featured embroidered lace and a tulle overcoat.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden
The youngest child of King Carl and Queen Silvia, Madeleine decided to mix up a new trend with an old tradition when she married financier Christopher O'Neill in 2013. Like other royal brides, she changed out of the showstopping Valentino lace dress for something simpler – a vintage ballgown previously worn by her mother to a Nobel peace prize dinner, making it her 'something borrowed/ at the same time. It was later exhibited along with other Swedish royals' dresses. How lovely!
The Italian aristocrat took the royal wedding dress tally to dizzy new levels when she wed Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline of Hanover, in two separate weekend ceremonies featuring five different outfits. However she chose to save the best until last – for the final evening reception, for which she arrived by boat, she wore an Armani-designed silk tulle gown with a deep neckline, micro pleating and a dramatic pleated train which featured two diamond family heirloom brooches.
For her wedding to Prince Ernst of Hanover, the fashion designer worked not one but three stunning bridal looks, all created by Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour and covered in beautiful embroidery inspired by her Russian heritage. Her bridal look was white and traditional with a long train, while she went for an off-the-shoulder design at the afterparty and a gorgeously feminine pale pink look for the pre-wedding dinner. Beautiful!
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