RCT: Top Royal Weddings, Vol. 3

Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly

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The wedding of Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly, debuting as one of the most lavish and expensive of its time, is considered to be one of the most celebrated unions in memory. The wedding cost around $100 million and was one of the most expensive celebrity weddings the world had seen. The couple met at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, when Grace agreed to be photographed with Prince Rainer for Paris Match. Her engagement ring was a 12-carat emerald-cut diamond ring and her wedding dress was designed by Helen Rose, wardrobe designer at MGM, who gifted the dress to Grace as a wedding present. The wedding consisted of a religious ceremony followed by a civil ceremony. The flowers decorating the alter and church included white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies and snap dragons. The bridesmaids wore yellow organdy dresses, a fashion-forward concept given the era of the wedding.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

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It’s been almost a year since millions tuned in to watch the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Around $37 million people watched from around the world as a fairytale story unfolded and an average girl became a Princess, and an instant ambassador to international style, overnight. The couple met overseas while they both were attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and in 2002 the couple began dating exclusively. A proposal ensued over time and the wedding of a lifetime was set in motion. The price tag for the Kate-Will wedding was recorded at 34 million, a modest price for a royal wedding.
The gown Kate wore was a custom lace applique dress by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, accompanied by a silk tulle veil and a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara. The cake was customized by Fiona Cairns, a multi-tiered traditional fruitcake decorated with cream and white icing for the reception. A guest list consisting of 1,900 included royal court members and notable celebrities.
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Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock

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The wedding ceremony between Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock has been described as Monaco’s “biggest party in 55 years.” The couple met at a swimming competition in Monaco, where Charlene captured the eye of Prince Albert as a contestant in the tournament. The extravagant wedding cost the couple around $65 million.  Prince Albert consented to a traditional wedding, having both a religious and civil nuptial. Wittstock’s wedding gown was a custom Georgio Armani Prive piece, made of off-white silk duchesse satin, with a long train and crossover detail on the front and back which formed a second “à l’ andrienne” train. The trim and train were embellished with floral embroidery with Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl tear drops.

Below are the designs that were drawn up by designer, Georgio Armani: