The Princess of Wales swapped her iconic wedding dress for a bohemian pink outfit for her honeymoon with ex-husband Prince Charles – see how it compares to Duchesses Kate and Meghan.
Princess Diana‘s first wedding dress was one of the most memorable of all, alongside her two future daughters-in-law, the bride of Prince William Kate Middleton and Prince Harry’s wife Megan Markle.
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Unlike the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, the then 19-year-old Princess of Wales donned a colorful second bridal outfit that is far less well known. All eyes were on Diana as she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey to exchange vows with her ex-husband Prince Charles on July 29, 1981.
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She wore a puff sleeve dress by David and Elizabeth Emanuel with a record-breaking 25ft train before swapping her dress for a very unexpected pink ensemble when she went on honeymoon with her new husband.
Pictures show the newlywed waving to the crowds as they left Romsey Station for their journey to Gibraltar, with Charles looking dapper in a gray suit while Diana wore a pink midi dress with a fitted waist and a jacket over it, both Designed by David Sassoon for Bellville Sassoon. She finished off her look with her short hair styled in the classic bouncy curls and a matching pastel colored hat and clutch bag.
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The Princess of Wales was pictured in a pink ensemble at Romsey Station on her wedding day
In fact, two jackets with prairie collars and ruffled sleeves were created for the ensemble – one with shorter sleeves (which she wore after her marriage) and another with long sleeves for cooler weather. Genius!
With a classic silhouette and multiple coat options, the tailored outfit later became part of the Queen’s working wardrobe – she wore the long-sleeved version on the royal tour of Australia in 1982 and to the opening of a hospital in Grimsby in 1983.
Kate Middleton stunned in a satin A-line second wedding dress
Meanwhile, her future daughters-in-law opted for much more traditional white dresses for their wedding days. The Duke of Cambridge’s wife, Kate, swapped her lace Sarah Burton dress for an Alexander McQueen lace dress for a simpler dress from the same designer, with a satin A-line skirt and sweetheart neckline, which she paired with a cute cream cardigan.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Sussex’s bride, Meghan, switched from her simple Givenchy boat-neck gown to a gorgeous halterneck gown Stella McCartney dress for their evening reception.
Meghan Markle opted for a second halter wedding dress designed by Stella McCartney
Corresponding personsPrincess Diana almost didn’t have her pink wedding dress as she was initially turned away by the Bellville Sassoon shop in London. She was reportedly shopping for an outfit for her engagement photos just before closing time, and after failing to recognize the king, the clerk recommended she visit the nearby Harrod’s store.
“You can imagine, like Belinda [Bellville] and David [Sassoon] felt when they realized the future Princess of Wales had been turned away,” said Matthew Storey, curator of Royal style in the making Fashion Show at Kensington Palace.
Diana and Charles at their engagement photo shoot
Luckily, Diana returned to the store with her mother and she had a close relationship with the designers, who also created the blue ensemble she wore to her engagement announcement.
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