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Our Pick: 10 Most Memorable Royal Weddings From Around The World

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April 24, 2021

A lot of weddings had to be put on hold in 2020 due to the ongoing novel coronavirus. However, with many couples still unable to hold the wedding of their dreams, now, if ever, is the perfect time to look back at glamorous royal weddings. 

There is something about royal weddings. We can’t get enough of them. It completely captures the mind and allows us to escape, even if it's just for a little bit into the pomp, glamor, and festivities of those destined to rule.

However, while the British monarchy may have captured our attention, many kingdoms in the world also show their tradition in style during weddings. However, what makes a memorable royal wedding? The circumstances around it, of course. Therefore, here are ten of the most memorable royal weddings from around the world.

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Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Queen Soraya of Iran

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Queen Soraya of Iran née, Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, turned heads on her wedding day. The then Queen married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in a show-stopping with an iconic 44 pound Dior wedding dress embroidered with pearls, diamonds, and feathers. Unfortunately, the couple divorced after seven years.

Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly

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This memorability of this wedding comes from the star status of the famous couple. This royal wedding brought together Prince Rainier of Monaco and the darling of American Cinema, Hollywood actress Grace Kelly in a 1950s wedding for the ages. Unfortunately, Kelly passed on in a tragic car accident, and the Prince passed on in 2005. 

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran

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Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi makes another appearance on our list. Pahlavi married his third wife, Farah Diba, at the Golestan Palace in Tehran. Diba was dressed in an unforgettable Yves Saint Laurent gown and had on the Noor-ol-Ain tiara, which has the largest pink diamonds in the world.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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British Prince, Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles, and the late Princess Diana married American actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony full of pomp and glamor. The fairytale wedding took place at the historic Windsor Castle in spring and was watched by millions.

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

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On the Buckingham royals, Prince Charles, heir apparent to the British throne, married Diana Spencer in 1986. Later, Princess Diana shot to fame for her charity work. Unfortunately, Princess Diana passed away in a tragic car accident in 1997 after a shocking divorce from Prince Charles the year before.

Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada

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Masako Owada was a civilian who met the Crown Prince, Naruhito of Japan, in 1986. She was the daughter of a Japanese Diplomat and met the Prince at a tea. Their wedding was super memorable as the Prince reportedly proposed three times before Owada said yes. 

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema

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Over in Asia, the Bhutan King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, then 31, married 21-year-old student Jetsun Pema. The lavish ceremony was steeped in rich Bhutanese culture as the couple got married in the 17th-century fortress in the nation’s capital, Thimpu's Changlimithang.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson

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This wedding was incredibly memorable for British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne for American socialite Wallis Simpson. At the time of their meeting, Wallis was still married to her husband. In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated his position as King after strong opposition had him choose between his crown and Wallis.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco

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Prince Albert had a reputation as a playboy, but he finally tied the knot in 2011. The woman who stole Prince Alberts's heart was South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. The two got married in beautiful ceremonies in Monte Carlo.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

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MediaThis memorable union is due to the controversy surrounding the pair. Prince Charles married his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, with who he was rumored to be in a relationship during his marriage to Princess Diana. Prince Charles and Camilla married in a small civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall.

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