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The History of Royal Wedding Dresses

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:23:42 AM


Finding the right wedding dress is always important, but it is absolutely essential if you are having a Royal wedding. 

The dress a Royal bride wears on her wedding day is going to be seen by millions of people all around the world – immortalised in the daily papers and gossip magazines – and if she is not already a member of the British Royal Family, the dress will quite literally transform her into a princess.

For Royal brides, the wedding dress is a statement of what kind of Royal she wants to be and where she sees herself going in the future. Read on to discover the stories behind the most iconic wedding dresses in living memory.

Elizabeth II’s 1947 Wedding Dress

Elizabeth II was just 21 years old when she married Prince Philip in November 1947. As clothing was still rationed in Britain since the end of the Second World War two years earlier, the future monarch’s wedding dress material was also bought with rations (and an extra £200 from the government). Some members of the British public actually tried to send the young bride their own allowance for her wedding dress, which she then had to send back as it was illegal to take other people’s rations. She wore an ivory silk dress decorated with sea pearls and embroidered flowers which was elegant without appearing excessive.

Lady Diana Spencer’s ‘Quintessential Princess’ Dress

When a 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer got married in July 1981, she wore an ivory taffeta gown with a 25-foot train. It was everything that springs to mind when you think ‘princess dress’, from the huge puffy sleeves to the gigantic skirt which didn’t quite fit into the car. Diana’s dress looked like it had escaped from a fairy tale, but unfortunately it got creased on the way to the church.

Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress: Fit For a Future Queen

Kate Middleton’s wedding in April 2011 was the happy ending to a real-life fairy tale. She was a regular girl who met a Prince and, in marrying him, ensured she would one day become Queen Consort to the future King of England. Her wedding dress showcased beautiful attention to detail, from the elegant lace to her signature sweetheart neckline, and it was a great example of a fairy tale for the modern world.

Meghan Markle’s Chic and Simple Wedding Dress

Meghan Markle was 36 years old when she married Prince Harry in May 2018. As a mature woman who has enjoyed a successful career and was previously married, Meghan wanted a simple, chic and elegant wedding dress which reflected her Hollywood past as well as her Royal future. Meghan’s dress did not have puffed sleeves or huge skirts, but did you know her veil was hand embroidered with flowers representing the 53 nations of the commonwealth?

Find out more about the story behind these iconic Royal wedding dresses in ‘Meghan Markle: Inside the Wardrobe of a Princess’ exclusively on True Royalty TV.

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Topics: Princess Diana, Meghan Markle, The Queen, Kate Middleton, Royal Weddings

When Royal Babies Become More Powerful than the Queen

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:21:18 AM


Royal Babies may not have the Queen’s power to give Royal Assent to legislature – putting laws and bills passed by parliament into effect – but the modern age has seen the newest generation of Royals become, in some ways, far more influential than their great grandmother.

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Topics: Royal Babies

5 Ways Meghan Markle Speaks Through Her Fashion

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:19:02 AM


The Royals may not say much but their clothes speak volumes. From her simple, mature wedding gown to the controversial tuxedo to ethical jeans, Meghan Markle uses her fashion choices to promote causes, break taboos and retain her individual sense of style. Take a break from Royal baby fever and read on to discover what Meghan Markle’s fashion says about her.

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Topics: Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle and the Rules of Royal Dressing

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:15:38 AM


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Royal News Round Up – 10th May

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:13:31 AM


From Royal births to charitable endeavours, it’s been a jam-packed week for the Mountbatten-Windsors. Get the truth behind the hype with True Royalty’s Royal News Round Up!

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Topics: Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry

Royal Fashion: Is There More Than Meets The Eye?

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:07:10 AM


From their wedding dress to the clothes they pack for international tours, what a Royal wears can tell us a lot about who they are, how they feel and the message they are trying to convey. The Royal Family may not say much, but their fashion choices can start trends, make careers and promote social change.

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Topics: Princess Diana, Meghan Markle, The Queen

Fashion Styles of Iconic Princesses: Grace Kelly to Meghan Markle

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:03:48 AM


The days of enormous skirts, huge sleeves and elaborate headgear are now in the past: today’s Royal Princesses are stylish, modern and set fashion trends all around the world.

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Topics: Princess Diana, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly

Royal News Round Up – 17th May

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 2:00:29 AM


From speaking against the illegal wildlife trade to creating woodland-themed gardens, it has been a very green week for the Royal family. Discover what the Windsors have been up to in this week’s Royal news roundup!

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Meghan Markle: Inside the Home of a Princess is now live!

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 13, 2020 1:51:19 AM


To complete Meghan Markle’s fairytale, the Duchess has now moved into Frogmore Cottage just a stone’s throw from the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle.

Now, after receiving a £3m upgrade, it has been fittingly decorated for a Duchess, and True Royalty is delving deep into the Sussexes’ decor with an exclusive new documentary titled “Meghan Markle: Inside the Home of a Princess”.

Frogmore Cottage has been transformed into the lap of Hollywood-worthy luxury, with velvet sofas, old mirrors and multi-coloured cushions; there’s even an annex where Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland can stay, whenever she chooses to visit.

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6 Unusual Royal Residences

Posted by Nigel Brown on Oct 8, 2020 4:21:21 AM


If you thought Meghan’s choice to employ Soho House’s interior designer, Vicky Charles, to work on Frogmore Cottage was rather outré, you can rest assured there have been some far more eccentric Royal designs in years gone by. Here are six of the best:

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