Famous royal weddings
The royal wedding of Prince William and Duchess Catherine captured the world's attention in April, and so have the couple's recent travels.
Glamorous Hollywood beauty Grace Kelly gave up her career at age 26 to marry the Prince of Monaco in a lavish ceremony that was broadcast on television and seen by 30 million viewers.
For centuries, Moroccan kings have kept their weddings quiet, not allowing wives in the spotlight or designating a queen. So it was a huge break with tradition when King Mohammed announced he would marry a young computer engineer with flowing red hair.
Despite pre-wedding talk about the past of single mother and former waitress Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway stood by his fiancéeand the couple was married at the grand Oslo Cathedral
Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, met Canadian Autumn Kelly in the second-largest Canadian city, and the two were married in 2008 at St. George’s Chapel.
The bride began a Westminster Abbey tradition at their 1923 wedding, and the couple held their post-wedding breakfast at a historic palace. They later became king and queen.
In 1986, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, were married at a famous Gothic church, and the couple’s love story included romantic details like the prince’s design of a ruby-and-diamond engagement ring. The marriage didn’t last, but the details of their special day live on.
The queen’s youngest son and a public relations agent wed in a small ceremony at a historic chapel attended by celebrities and royals.
Spain’s crown prince married a beautiful television newscaster in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Almudena in Madrid. The wedding followed a secret romance.
The heir to a 1,000-year-old Danish monarchy and the beautiful brunette native of Tasmania, Australia, wedat Copenhagen’s Cathedral Von Frue Kirk on May 14, 2004.
When the longtime couple finally wed, it was at a historic town hall in the English county of Berkshire. The reception was held at a grand castle.
Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter wore a silk Tudor gown and a diamond tiara that was her grandmother’s when she married Lt. Mark Phillips in 1973.
Can a princess and a much older playboy find true love? That was the question when Monaco’s Princess Caroline wed Philippe Junot in 1978.
So famous was Lady Diana Spencer’s fairy-tale wedding gown from her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles that a book was published about it and a dress double was auctioned for a high price years later
Their 1947 wedding was a bright spot in post-World War II Britain. And Princess Elizabeth (made queen in 1952) and Prince Philip eventually had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Their 1960 ceremony was the first royal wedding ever televised (watch for yourself), and the groom was given this royal title.
The Japanese prince and his bride, a former diplomat, were married in a traditional wedding ceremony held in a Shinto hall in a major Japanese city.
The wedding of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and personal trainer Daniel Westling took place in a famous Swedish church, followed by a lavish banquet at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
Prince Willem-Alexander married a glamorous and worldly Argentinian banker in 2002 despite the bride’s father’s controversial political leanings.
Princess Anne’s second marriage, to Navy Commander Tim Laurence, was a small family affair at a church near a castle in a country that’s part of the U.K.