The royal family spares no expense on wedding dresses for their brides-to-be, but we hadn’t quite fathomed exactly how much. According to Brides, the average couple designates approximately 10% of their wedding budget to the bridal gown, but the royals are a very big exception. Here are the most expensive royal wedding dresses in order of price.
Though Queen Elizabeth’s £30,000 wedding dress comes in at the bottom of the charts, it was certainly a jaw-dropping amount to spend when she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, at a time when the world had barely begun to recover from the war and clothing was still rationed (the Queen even collected coupons to pay for her dress). It was created by Norman Hartnell using Chinese silk, and shaped with a high neckline, tailored bodice and a 15-foot long train. Pearl and diamante-encrusted star flowers, roses, jasmine blossoms and wheat adorned the bodice and the skirt.
Sarah Fergusen opted for a dress made from ivory duchesse satin for her wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986, believed to have cost £35,000.
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is estimated to have cost £110,000, and the Duchess of Cambridge paid for it herself. The timeless gown was the handiwork of Clare Waight Keller, of Parisian fashion house Givenchy.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress for her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 was valued at £151,000 in 2019. Welsh designer David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth made the design from ivory silk and embellished with pearls, sequins and antique lace. It was topped off with a 25-foot train – the longest in royal history.
When Princess Eugenie tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in 2018, she wore a £200,000 design by British designer Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos.
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William in 2011 cost her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton (who footed the bill), £250,000.
Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain tops the charts with a £6million wedding dress that she wore to her wedding with King Felipe in 2004. It was designed by royal couturier Manuel Pertegaz.