Royal Wedding Dresses: On Display & Carefully Preserved by Britain’s Historic Royal Palace Conservators

If you love wedding dresses, as I do, and are enjoying all of the speculation as to what Kate Middleton will be wearing on Friday, take a look at these royal treasures…

As speculation continues as to the design of Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress, a precious collection of historic royal wedding dresses worn by royal brides over the last 200 years have just undergone over 1000 hours of conservation treatment by conservators from Britain’s Historic Royal Palaces. The wedding dresses belonging to Princess Charlotte (1816), Queen Victoria (1840), Alexandra of Denmark (1863), Princess Mary of Teck (1893), Princess Margaret (1960) and Princess Alexandra of Kent (1963) are usually carefully stored at Kensington Palace but have been made available to the media and are viewable on the Historic Royal Palaces website.

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The royal wedding dresses worn by (left – right) Princess Margaret (1960), Princess Alexandra of Kent (1963), Princess Charlotte (1816), Alexandra of Denmark (1863), and Princess Mary of Teck (1893).

(AP Photo/The Royal Collection/Historic Royal Palaces)
In this undated photo released by the Royal Collection on Thursday April 21 2011, a conservator holds Princess Charlotte’s elaborate cloth-of-silver empire line wedding dress embroidered with flowers and trimmed with Brussels lace. This remarkable, glittering dress (worn when the princess married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg in 1816) is 195-years-old, the oldest royal wedding dress that Historic Royal Palaces cares for.

In this undated photo released by the Royal Collection on Thursday April 21 2011, this full-skirted white court dress made from English silk, lavishly decorated with Honiton lace was worn by Alexandra of Denmark when she married Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) in 1863.
In this undated photo released by the Royal Collection on Thursday April 21 2011, a white satin dress decorated with a pattern of British and Irish flowers, tied together with a lovers knot was worn by Princess (Victoria) Mary of Teck when she married Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V) in 1893.
In this undated photo released by the Royal Collection on Thursday April 21 2011, the silk satin wedding dress worn by Queen Victoria in 1840, when she married Albert Saxe-Coburg, is prepared by a conservator for conservation work to begin.
A conservator puts finishing touches to the simple but stunning wedding dress worn by HRH Princess Margaret when she married Lord Snowdon in 1960. The glamorous dress comprised a fitted bodice and a full skirt of fine diaphanous silk.
 A conservator puts finishing touches to Princess Charlotte’s wedding dress (1816). This elaborate cloth-of-silver empire line dress embroidered with flowers and trimmed with Brussels lace, worn when the Princess married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, is 195-years-old, the oldest royal wedding dress that Historic Royal Palaces cares for. 

Photos and copy from the Associate Press.
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