As The eyes of the world turned to London for the the pomp and pageantry planned for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it is time for a list of famous royal weddings. Not a top ten list per se, but just a list of ten modern day royal weddings that have caught the eye of the world and royal watchers alike.
And after, everyone loves a real life fairy tale – here are a few.
10. Queen Beatrix (Netherlands)
Beatrix is the queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Netherlands, Cura�ao, Sint Maarten, and Aruba). In 1966, she married Claus von Amsberg, which was not received well by the people. When her mother Juliana abdicated on 30 April 1980, Beatrix succeeded her as Queen of the Netherlands. Their marriage caused a massive protest during the wedding day in Amsterdam on 10 March 1966. Prince Claus had served in the Hitler Youth and the Wehrmacht and was, therefore, associated by a part of the Dutch population with German Nazism. Protests included such memorable slogans as “Claus ‘raus!” (Claus out!) and “Mijn fiets terug” (Give me back my bike), a reference to the memory of occupying German soldiers confiscating Dutch bicycles. A smoke bomb was thrown at the wedding carriage by a group of Provos causing a violent street battle with the police. As time went on, however, Prince Claus became one of the most popular members of the Dutch monarchy and his 2002 death was widely mourned.
9. Prince Philippe (Belgium)
Prince Philippe is the first in line to Belgium’s throne and he married Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz in Brussels. Apparently, it is unusual for royal wedding to take place during Europe’s cold months. Since their wedding in 1999 the couple have had four children. When Prince Philippe assumes the throne, Princess Mathilde will become the first Belgian-born queen consort of Belgium.
8. Princess Victoria (Sweden)
The Crown Princess wedding was considered by the European press as the biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles and Princess Diana�s decade earlier. Daniel Westling and the Crown Princess were first pictured together in 2002. The Swedish press constantly mocked Westling, because he didn�t fit in with the Royal circle. Despite public sentiment, they officially announced their engagement in 2009. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden defied royal tradition by marrying her personal trainer Daniel Westling in 2010. After the wedding the newlyweds were driven through Stockholm in a coach.
In keeping with her tradition of breaking tradition, the Crown Princess walked down the aisle with her father King Carl XVI Gustav, which is not the tradition in Sweden. The ceremony was held at the Stockholm Cathedral and was attended by 1,2000 guests, mostly made up of Royals. The ceremony was also televised throughout the world and viewed by about 500 million people.
7. Prince Ranier (Monaco)
The marriage of Prince Ranier and Hollywood film star Grace Kelly was, at the time, billed as the “wedding of the century”. The fairytale romance between Hollywood beauty Grace Kelly and her handsome prince, Rainier III of Monaco, began in May 1955 when the silver screen star was invited to the royal palace during the Cannes Film Festival to be photographed with the eligible bachelor for a magazine spread. At the time Grace was 26 years old and the prince 32. Eight months later, in January 1956, it was announced that Grace and Prince Rainier were engaged to be married. In Monaco, as in France, a civil marriage must take place before a religious ceremony, and so Grace and Rainier held two weddings.
Video of the “Real Life Fairy Tale:
6. Prince Frederik (Denmark)
In May,2004 Prince Frederik was dubbed the most eligible bachelor in Europe. Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson met in Sydney, Australia, when Mary was a public relations executive and Frederik was in town with his country’s sailing team for the Olympics. And the rest, as they say, is history. On May 14, 2004, Mary and Frederik wed in Copenhagen and Mary became Denmark’s crown princess.
5. Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah (Brunei)
In 2010, the daughter of the Sultan of Brunei’s married a civil servant in what was described as a glittering traditional ceremony. The wedding was the climax of two weeks of celebrations in the oil-rich Southeast Asian nation, ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s richest men. More than 2,000 guests witnessed the marriage of Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah, 31, the sultan’s fourth child, to Khairul Khalil, 32, inside the gold-domed state palace.
4. King Abdullah (Jordan)
He was a royal prince, eldest son of Jordan’s King Hussein. She was a polished executive-in-training. For Queen Rania it was truly a fairy tale, going from an employee at Apple (yes, the iPhone people) to Princess of Jordan. “For me, it sounds a bit corny, but it was love at first sight,” King Abdullah II would later tell correspondent Christiane Amanpour for a CBS “60 Minutes” profile of his wife, Queen Rania al Abdullah. During the same interview, Queen Rania recalled it was intimidating that the handsome military man was the son of one of the Middle East’s most powerful men. “But in the end, it was really boy meets girl,” she said of their attraction. The couple married in 2004.
3. King Edward (UK)
This couple had to be included as the most famous almost-royal wedding. Only months into his reign, Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to the American socialite Wallis Simpson, who had divorced her first husband and was seeking a divorce from her second. The prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Dominions opposed the marriage, arguing that the people would never accept a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands as queen.
Edward knew that the government led by British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin would resign if the marriage went ahead, which could have dragged the King into a general election and ruined irreparably his status as a politically neutral constitutional monarch. Rather than give up Mrs. Simpson, Edward chose to abdicate. He was succeeded by his younger brother Albert, who chose the regnal name George VI. With a reign of 325 days, Edward was one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British and Commonwealth history. He was never crowned.
2. Prince Charles (UK)
Not much needs to be detailed about this, the most famous of modern royal weddings and the near sainthood of Dianna. The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana took place on 29th July 1981. The whole world was captivated by this royal wedding which was large, extravagant, and wondrous. This global event was televised live. It was a fairytale wedding.
1. Prince William and Kate Middleton
On Friday, 29 April 2011, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge married Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, London. William, who is second in the line of succession to Queen Elizabeth II, first met Middleton in 2001, while both were students at the University of St Andrews. Their engagement, which began on 20 October 2010, was announced on 16 November 2010.