Royal wedding dresses: the European royal had a more expensive dress than the queen
The wedding experts at Hitched.co.uk have analyzed the dresses that all members of the British royal family have chosen for their special days. According to new data, the Queen’s 1947 wedding dress designed by Norman Hartwell cost £30,000 in ration stamps but is now valued at £1.2million, making it the UK’s most expensive United.
The Queen’s wedding dress is followed by the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen dress, which is today valued at around £325,000.
Princess Eugenie’s £200,000 dress is the third most expensive design, currently valued at £216,000.
Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress cost £11,000 at the time but is now worth £151,000.
Meghan’s 2018 Givenchy dress is now said to be worth £120,000.
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However, the most expensive royal dress of all time was worn by Queen Letizia of Spain.
The Spaniard donned a beautiful dress by designer Manuel Pertegaz.
The wedding dress is said to have cost £6million.
One of the reasons the design was so expensive was the gold thread embroidery used in the silky robe.
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Queen Letizia accessorized it with a diamond tiara, offered by her mother-in-law Queen Sofia.
Stylist Melita Latham commented: “Thousands of hours have gone into making these iconic wedding dresses.
“Embroidered flowers from all 53 Commonwealth countries for Meghan’s beaded, lace and beaded wedding dress, 10,000 on Princess Diana’s dress and Kate Middleton’s nine-foot train.
“[And] I can’t imagine how many hours it took to embroider real gold on silk [for Queen Letizia’s dress].”
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Wedding expert Zoe Burke of Hitched said: “There’s no such thing as a royal wedding, and we’ve been truly blessed with some incredible ones over the past 70 years.
“It’s amazing to think that the Queen paid for her iconic (and now very expensive) wedding dress with her ration coupons – it was quite a wise investment.
“Spending on royal weddings has increased dramatically during the Queen’s reign as these events become nationwide celebrations with high expectations.
“The impact of a royal wedding, however, cannot be underestimated – we still see echoes of royal brides of yesteryear in bridal fashion today, with puffed sleeves, full ruffled skirts and sumptuous satin fabrics all over the wedding runways this year, proving that these regal dresses were truly a timeless investment.
The most expensive dress worn by the British royal family:
The Queen – cost of dress: £30,000 – currently valued at: £1,200,000
Kate Middleton – dress cost: £250,000 – currently valued at: £325,000
Princess Eugenie – cost of dress: £200,000 – currently valued at: £216,000
Lady Diana Spencer – dress cost: £11,000 – currently valued at: £151,000
Meghan Markle – dress cost: £110,000 – currently valued at: £120,000