10 Stunning Wedding Gowns Worn by Royal and Aristocratic Brides

Lady Charlotte Wellesley, Princess Claire and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg

We always fancied royal weddings.

There's something in it that made royalty more captivating. Perhaps, it's the myth of fairytale that makes royal brides enchanting. A royal wedding is the closest thing we could have for fairytales.

The pomp and pageantry of royalty, the fabulous entourage, the glitzy fashion of guests donning  fascinators, sash and tiaras give us an ultimate dose of fairytale wonders. 

Wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank

But nothing beats the thrill and excitement when bride arrives and the world gets a glimpse of their equally dreamy wedding gowns.

Here are our top choices for the most beautiful and gorgeous wedding gowns worn by aristocratic brides and women marrying princes. 

Our criteria are based on classy fitting, splendid cut, style, glamor, design and appeal of the bride how she carried the dress in fashion and character.

1. Lady Charlotte Wellesley

Lady Charlotte Wellesley and billionaire husband, Alejandro Sto. Domingo

Topping our list is the elegant wedding dress worn by the glamorous Lady Charlotte Wellesley. She is not only a gorgeous goddess sashaying in this fabulous wedding dress, she also epitomizes a modern woman who knows her sense of style.

Lady Charlotte is the daughter of Princess Antonia of Prussia and Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington. Her husband is billionaire, Columbian-American billionaire and philanthropist, Alejandro Sto. Domingo. 

Lady Charlotte and her father, the 9th Duke of Wellington

The wedding took place on May 28, 2016 at Illora, Spain, followed by a reception at her father's  nearby estate. The ceremony was attended by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. 

The pretty aristocrat, a direct descendant of Queen Victoria of Britain through Princess Antonia, the Duchess of Wellington, wore a gorgeous structured off-the-shoulder gown designed by Emily Wickstead.

2. Princess Stephanie, the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Born to the aristocratic family in Belgium, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy married the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Guillaume, on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg. 

She was every inch an enchanting bride on her wedding day, wearing a timeless, ethereal silver dress designed by Elie Saab.

Every inch an enchanting princess

A dreamy gown for a glamorous aristocrat. It was embellished with 50,000 pearls  and threaded with ethereal silver that made the dress sparkled at the stroke of sunlight. Truly captivating.

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

The skirt was embossed with 80,000 transparent crystals. The flattering A-line hem, with a fitted bodice, complimented Stephanie's slender figure. A low-set chignon twisted around her splendid ivory silk tulle veil, held in place by her family tiara.

3. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

Mary Donaldson, an Australian-born marketing executive whom Prince Frederick met during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, wed the Crown Prince of Denmark on May 14, 2004 in Copenhagen. 

She wore a fabulous ivory satin gown created for her by Danish designer, Uffe Frank. The splendid pleated dress has a scoop-neck design with three-quarter length sleeves. 

Prince Frederick and his bride, Mary Donaldson

She donned a tiara that has small diamond hearts and fleur-de-lis motifs, a gift from Frederick's parents, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik. 

Her veil was loaned by Queen Margrethe, a family heirloom that belonged to Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, whose daughter, Queen Ingrid, was the mother of the current Danish queen.

4. Princess Claire of Luxembourg

Princess Stephanie's brother-in-law, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, wed his German-born girlfriend, Claire Lademacher, on September 21, 2013, a day after their civil ceremony, at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint Maximin La-Sainte-Baume, France.

Claire Lademacher on her wedding day

The bride looked stunning in her Elie Saab beautiful ivory long-sleeve lacey dress, intricately embroidered with Chantilly lace floral and glittery silver thread.

The sisters-in-law's identical wedding dress style

The style, cut and fabric are almost similar to the  wedding dress worn by her sister-in-law, Princess Stephanie, in 2012. The style looked very captivating, which complimented Princess Claire's slender physique.

5. Princess Eugenie of York

Princess Eugene and Jack Brooksbank emerged from the church

Princess Eugenie of York was so fabulous on her wedding day and it was so unique. It's rare for a bride not to wear a veil on her wedding day and Princess Eugenie did just like that. Her reason? Something sentimental.

Fashion statement of Princess Eugene, revealing a scar at her back

It was later revealed that the princess wanted to show the scar of her surgery of scoliosis at her back to promote awareness on "healing" both physically and emotionally. So the princess only wore a Greville emerald Kokoshnik tiara loaned to her by her grandmother, the Queen.

Her exquisite wedding gown was designed by British designer, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. A long-sleeve, off-shoulder dress with deep neck V cut. 

Her dress included significant hand-made symbols like a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, a York rose and Ivy, to symbolize the House of York and Ivy cottage where the princess lived.

6. Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

Princess Victoria of Sweden wed Daniel Westling, her gym trainer, on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. It was a state wedding, attended by who's who in world royalty, primarily because she is an heir-apparent. Guests wore sash and tiaras.

The Crown Princess and her husband

The princess wore a white bespoke satin wedding dress designed by Par Engsheden. A pearly white wedding gown made of duchess satin. A fresh change of style from the usual wedding gown worn by royal brides which are long sleeves.

Princess Victoria's dress is a modern but dreamy cut. Off-the-shoulder, round-necked and short-sleeved. We loved this cut of Princess Victoria's wedding dress because it's simple and yet ultra-classy and elegant.

7. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton in her Alexander McQueen gown

Kate Middleton, who was subjected to intense public scrutiny during her courtship period with Prince William, finally walked-down-the-aisle with the prince on April 29, 2011. It was a beautiful spring time in London when the wedding took place at Westminster Abbey.

For the occasion, she wore a gown designed by the fashion house Alexander McQueen, an ivory pleated dress in  a lacey long-sleeve top. The long train and flowing skirt complimented the vintage look.

8. Lady Helen Windsor

Lady Helen Windsor is the eldest daughter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin, and Katharine, Duchess of Kent. She wed art dealer, Timothy Taylor, on July 18, 1992 at St. George's chapel in Windsor.

She wore a stunning structured off-the-shoulder dress in gold embroidery details designed by one of Princess Diana's favorite designers, Catherine Walker. 

Lady Helen Windsor on her wedding day

A Tudor-styled gown with a bodice flared out to a full skirt, the dress is simply stunning. she  accessorized it with a diamond and pearl necklace. Her veil was held in place by a fringe tiara diamond that previously belonged to her grandmother, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

Why we like it?

Lady Helen's dress is the only 20th century wedding dress we included in the list because we love the design, simple yet stunning. We adored the bodice and the simple sleeve. Even in a  

9. Duchess Sophie of Wurttemberg

Duchess Sophie of Wurttemberg belonged to the old royal family in Europe whose descent can be traced up from the Kings of Wurttemberg, a defunct kingdom in Germany.

Her father, Prince Philip, is the son of Duke Carl of Wurttemberg, the current head of the royal house of Wurttemberg, while her mother is Duchess Marie-Caroline of Bavaria, younger sister of Princess Sophie, the Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein.

In September 2018, she married French aristocrat, Count Maximilien d'Andigne, followed by a Catholic wedding ceremony on October 20, 2018 in Tegernsee, near the Bavarian Alps in Germany.

She wore a beautiful white satin dress in a long-sleeve designed and scooped bodice. She accentuated it with a chic lacey veil held in place with a family tiara.

Why we like it?

It could be the stunning beauty of Duchess Sophie but this vintage-designed wedding dress extremely complimented her slender figure and aristocratic looks. 

She looked gorgeous and stylish.

10. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

The current Dutch Queen Consort, Maxima (born Maxima Zorreguieta), who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, wed King Wilhelm-Alexander, then the Prince of Orange, on February 2, 2002. Her stunning ivory silk wedding dress was designed by celebrated fashion designer, Valentino.

Wedding of then Prince of Orange and Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti

It was made of ivory Mikado silk in a cowl neckline and three-quartered sleeves. The style is super feminine, sexy for a winter wedding and sophisticated. The skirt had panels of embroidered lace, flared out from the sides of empire-line bodice.

Queen Maxima, a former investment banker, exuded charm and sophistication and a bit modern with respect to early 2000's fashion for a wedding dress. She paired her wedding dress with the Dutch pearl button tiara.

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