The Most Popular Royal Weddings In UK History

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Fairytale Nuptials: The Royal Weddings That Captivated The World

From extravagant spectacles to modern revelations, British royal weddings have long held a special place in the hearts of people worldwide. These regal unions transcend borders, capturing the imagination of millions with their grandeur, romance, and cultural significance. But what were the most popular and widely celebrated royal weddings in recent history?

Claudia, a wedding planner for The Planner Co., examines the royal weddings that left an indelible mark on the collective consciousnesses of royal family enthusiasts.

RankRoyal CoupleAverage Monthly Google Search Volume
1Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (1981)4040
2Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (2018)1230
3Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (1986)380
4Prince William and Catherine Middleton (2011)340
5Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones (1999)100
6Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (2005)90
7Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (2018)80
8Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (1947)70
9Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones (1960)60
10Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (2020)40

Prince Charles And Lady Diana Spencer (1981)

Claudia says, ‘Undoubtedly one of the most iconic royal weddings of all time, the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer captivated the world with its fairytale-like charm. Held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the ceremony was a spectacle of unparalleled magnitude, with an estimated 750 million people tuning in to watch worldwide.’

Diana’s breathtaking wedding gown, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, featured a 25-foot train, captivating audiences with its sheer opulence. The couple’s public kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace remains one of the most memorable moments in royal wedding history, symbolising hope and romance amidst the pomp and circumstance.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle (2018)

Breaking barriers and challenging traditions, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle captured the world’s imagination with its inclusivity and diversity. Held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the ceremony was a celebration of love, unity, and cultural heritage. 

Claudia states, ‘Meghan’s minimalist bridal gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, epitomised understated elegance, while her choice to include a veil embroidered with flowers representing the Commonwealth countries added a poignant touch to the occasion.’ 

The couple’s modern approach to their nuptials, from the gospel choir to Meghan’s moving walk down the aisle escorted by Prince Charles, resonated with audiences worldwide, symbolising a new era of monarchy characterised by inclusivity and acceptance.

Prince William And Kate Middleton (2011)

Known as a “modern fairytale,” the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was a global sensation, blending tradition with contemporary elegance. Held at Westminster Abbey, the ceremony was attended by dignitaries and celebrities from around the world, while an estimated two billion people watched the event on television. 

‘Kate’s timeless bridal gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, featured intricate lace detailing and a dramatic train, captivating audiences with its classic beauty,’ notes Claudia. The couple’s genuine affection for each other was evident throughout the ceremony, culminating in their iconic kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, much to the delight of spectators.

Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip (1947)

A symbol of resilience and devotion, the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip captured the spirit of post-war Britain, offering a glimmer of hope and renewal. Held at Westminster Abbey, the ceremony was a testament to love enduring against adversity. Elizabeth’s exquisite bridal gown, designed by Norman Hartnell, was adorned with crystal and 10,000 seed pearls, symbolising a new beginning for the nation. 

Despite the austerity of the times, the couple’s joyous celebration brought comfort and inspiration to a nation eager to embrace a brighter future. Their enduring partnership stood the test of time, solidifying their place as one of history’s most revered royal couples.

Princess Eugenie And Jack Brooksbank (2018)

While not as widely publicised as some other royal weddings, the marriage of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank captured hearts with its intimate charm and personal touches. Held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the ceremony was attended by close family and friends, with an estimated three million viewers tuning in to watch the event on television. 

Eugenie’s stunning bridal gown, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, featured a low back to showcase her scoliosis scar, inspiring countless individuals with her bravery and resilience. The couple’s genuine affection for each other and their commitment to philanthropy resonated with audiences, while the picturesque setting of Windsor Castle added to the romance of the occasion. Their wedding showcased the enduring allure of royal love stories, inspiring hope and joy among spectators.

‘Royal weddings aren’t just glamorous events – they’re cultural milestones that unite people through shared experiences,’ reflects Claudia. ‘Whether traditional or groundbreaking, each ceremony leaves an indelible impact on the collective consciousness. These regal unions remind us of the enduring power of romance and the global fascination with the British monarchy.’

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