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Late last week, the Royal Collection announced an exciting upcoming exhibition, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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The exhibition will feature the wedding dress, veil, and tiara worn by Meghan Markle for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2019. (Harry’s uniform, still in regular use, won’t be displayed, but an identical one will be included in the exhibition.)
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Visitors will be able to see the wedding attire in two venues. The exhibition will be housed in Windsor Castle from October 26, 2018, until January 6, 2019. Later, the display will be moved to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where visitors will be able to see the exhibition from June 13, 2019, until October 6, 2019. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased through the Royal Collection Trust website.
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Meghan’s Givenchy wedding gown will surely be the highlight for many, but the exhibition will also mark the first time that Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau is displayed to the public.
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Until the exhibition launches in October, our post featuring close-up images of the tiara will give you the best views of the sparkler so far.
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Exhibitions of royal wedding gowns have become increasingly popular over the past two decades, and Meghan’s dress is the latest in a long line to be placed on public display.
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The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown (and the Cartier Halo Tiara) went on display at Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2011.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding dress, which dates to 1947, has gone on display several times, including this special exhibition marking her 60th wedding anniversary in 2007. On this occasion, Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara and the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Pearls were also displayed.
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The Queen Mother’s 1923 wedding gown, made of ivory chiffon with pearl bead embroidery, was shown as a part of a special Golden Jubilee exhibition at Kensington Palace in 2002.
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Queen Mary’s satin and brocade wedding gown, worn in 1893, was also displayed as a part of the 2002 exhibition, along with replica jewels. (Her wedding tiara, the Collingwood Fringe, no longer exists.)
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And Queen Victoria’s 1840 wedding dress has been shown several times. Here, it is displayed at Kensington Palace in March 2012.
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The Brits aren’t the only ones who have put their royal wedding dresses on view to the public. In October 2016, the Swedish royals inaugurated a special exhibition of wedding gowns worn by five royal brides, including Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Sofia.
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In 2017, the wedding gown worn by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in 2002 was put on display (with a replica of the Dutch Star Tiara) as part of the celebrations for King Willem-Alexander’s 50th birthday.
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Princess Charlene of Monaco’s wedding dress was on public display at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco less than two weeks after her wedding in the summer of 2011.
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And, of course, there’s perhaps the most successful royal wedding dress exhibition of all: the display of the wedding gown (and the Spencer Tiara) worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. The extensive tours of the exhibition meant that many of us around the world (including me!) got to see the dress and tiara in person.