Happy Royal Wedding Week!
As the world awaits the most anticipated & extravagant Royal wedding in history, the holy matrimony of Prince William and Kate Middleton, I thought I’d bring to you some of the Top Famous Royal Weddings throughout modern history that not only held its own class but also created history. [sources: Listphobia & Stylist]
#11: Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito
On June 9, 1993, the wedding of Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito to diplomat’s daughter Masako Owada was a traditional and elaborate Shinto ceremony witnessed by 800 guests and a television audience estimated at 500 million.
#10: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands & Claus von Amsberg
In 1966 Princess Beatrix married a German aristocrat Claus von Amsberg. Their controversial wedding due to his ties to German Nazism caused riots all over the country for a long period of time.
#9: Prince Philippe & Princess Mathilde (Belgium)
Belgium’s Crown Prince Philippe, the Duke of Brabant, married aristocrat Countess Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz, on December 4, 1999 in Brussels. Their daughter, Princess Elisabeth will become the only female Belgian monarch in 171 years once she assumes the throne.
#8: Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan
From 22-year old Apple employee to Princess, now Queen of Jordan, Rania al Yassin‘s marriage to the eldest son of Jordan’s King Hussein, Prince Abdullah, was a fairy tale come true. King Abdullah wed the beautiful Queen Rania in on June 10, 1993 in a glamorous affair.
#7: Prince Haakon & Princess Mette-Marit (Norway)
On August 25, 2001 the Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway married a commoner and single mother, Mette-Marit, in a controversial engagement that infuriated the Norwegian people as an inappropriate choice in marriage.
#6: Prince Frederik & Princess Mary Elizabeth (Denmark)
On May 14, 2004 the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the most eligible bachelor in Europe at that time, married Mary Donaldson (born in Tasmania, Australia) at the Copenhagen Cathedral, in Copenhagen. The couple first met at 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where Mary thought Frederik was “charming,” but did not know he was a Prince.
#5: Sultan of Brunei’s Daughter: Princess Hajah
The royal wedding between Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nurul Bulqiah, daughter of the Sultan of Brunei, and Khairul Khalil, a civil servant, took place on June 10, 2007. Their wedding was part of a ten-day nationwide celebration. More than 2,500 guests witnessed the marriage in a palace made mostly of Gold.
#4: Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew
The July 23, 1986 wedding between Sarah Ferguson and Britain’s Prince Andrew in the Westminster Abbey began as a love story and unfortunately ended with an unhappily ever after.
#3: Crown Prince Felipe of Spain & Letezia Ortiz Rocasolano
On May 22, 2004, Crown Prince Felipe married former CNN journalist Letezia Ortez Rocasolano in at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral in a wedding that was televised and viewed by millions around the globe. Rocasolano was the first commoner to marry an heir-to-the-throne in Spain’s monarchical history.
#2: Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel (Sweden)
On June 19, 2010 Princess Victoria of Sweden married personal trainer Daniel Westling (now Prince Daniel) at the Stockholm Cathedral in front of 1,200 guests. It was the largest royal wedding since Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding. After the wedding the newlyweds were driven through Stockholm in a coach and on the evening before the wedding, there was a gala concert dedicated to the couple.
#1: Prince Charles & Princess Diana (England)
Lady Diana Spencer married the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981. The whole world was captivated by this royal wedding which took place in front of 3,500 international guests at St. Paul’s Cathedral. This global event was hailed as the “wedding of the century.”
Will Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding take over the spot of #1?
Most people are calling their Royal Wedding the “wedding of the century”.
What are your thoughts???