20 Fascinating Facts About Royal Weddings Over The YearsRoyal weddings throughout history have helped shape the British monarchy and have had us glued to our TV screens and new outlets in the run up to the big day. Royal weddings are global events that attract hundreds of millions of spectators all around the world, but how much do you really know about the Royal weddings we’ve witnessed over the years. We reveal the 20 most fascinating facts about Royal weddings from over the years.
In the build-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding we thought it would be a great idea to look back on some of the past Royal weddings and reveal some little known facts about the big days in question.
Royal weddings: The facts you didn't know until now
From Queen Victoria’s wedding to Harry and Meghan’s; what are the fascinating facts you absolutely need to know about British Royal weddings? Wedding fever is taking over so join us in our quest to reveal the most interesting and surprising facts ever! We reveal everything you need to know about Kate Middleton’s wedding dress and the Royal engagements.
The happy couple needs the King/Queen’s permission before getting married
If a royal couple wants to walk down the aisle, according to the Royal Marriage Act of 1772, the couple must ask for permission from the sovereign ruler who then chooses whether or not to give the blessing needed. If the ruler chooses not to give their permission then technically the wedding cannot go ahead.
Queen Victoria launched the white wedding dress trend
When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, she opted for a white wedding dress which was very different to the typical black or very colorful wedding gowns at the time.
Royals introduced cake figurines
Queen Victoria was a real trendsetter and was also the first to decorate her wedding cake with bride and groom figurines.
The first ever royal wedding to be televised was Princess Margaret’s in 1960. The wedding was broadcast by the BBC to 300 million people worldwide.
Even bigger audiences
When Lady Diana and Prince Charles walked down the aisle in 1981, their television audience peaked at 750 million people in 74 different countries! Now that’s impressive!
Princess Diana’s wedding dress sparked lots of media speculation and the designers even made decoy dresses to throw people off. In the end Princess Diana’s dress had a 25-foot train and was the longest ever worn by royal bride.
No to ‘obey’
Princess Diana followed by Princess Kate were the first two royal brides to remove ‘obey’ from their wedding vows. Will Meghan follow suit?
Diana said the wrong name during her vows
It may have been the nerves but during her vows Diana actually called her groom ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’ instead of ‘Charles Philip Arthur George’.
Camilla the Duchess
Camilla became Princess Camilla of Wales when she married Charles in 2005, although she in fact opted to become the Duchess of Cornwall following the ceremony.
Royal weddings are really expensive
Are you ready for this eye watering figure? Prince William’s wedding cost over $34 million, although the majority went towards paying for the security.
So are the dresses!
Princess Kate’s dress reportedly cost around $434,000 and was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
And the cakes
William and Kate’s wedding included two cakes; one fruitcake and one made entirely of chocolate biscuits costing a total of $80,000! We sure hope it tasted good!
The cakes are also tall
For Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding in 1947, their cake measured a staggering 9ft over four tiers.
Royal weddings aren’t exempt from bad luck
Right before walking down the aisle, Princess Elizabeth’s tiara snapped but a total disaster was avoided and the jewelers on standby were able to fix the tiara.
Kate the makeup artist
Kate was a very hands-on bride and even did her own makeup for her wedding day.
Royals get great wedding gifts
Princess Kate’s brother James gave gifted Kate and William with their beloved dog the Spaniel Lupo for their wedding day.
Royal weddings are an excuse for a party
The wedding days of Prince Charles and Diana and Prince William and Kate were both announced as national holidays in the UK, although Harry and Meghan’s wedding isn’t set to be a national holiday.
Meghan will take Harry’s title
When Meghan eventually walks down the aisle and says ‘I do’, she will officially become Her Royal Highness, Prince of Wales.
Royal wedding menus are written in French
The meal is an integral part in any royal wedding and funnily enough the menus are always in French because historically the British royals only ever had French chefs.
The wedding dish is named after the bride
Traditionally the chefs in charge of the meal name several courses after the royal brides, for instance Princess Diana was given a culinary nod with suprême de volaille princesse de galle, or chicken breast stuffed with lamb mousse.