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10 Royal Wedding Dresses to Inspire Your Wedding Day Look


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Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth might have paid for her gown with ration coupons.
Queen Elizabeth might have paid for her gown with ration coupons.
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Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip on Nov. 20, 1947, at London's Westminster Abbey. Their wedding was widely celebrated, as it was the first royal wedding since World War II. According to some sources, the queen saved ration coupons in order to buy the fabric necessary for her gown. Designed by Norman Hartnell, the dress was made from ivory duchess satin and was decorated with thousands of white pearls, which were imported from the United States. Flowers covered the dress and 15-foot train. The bride wore a silk veil lent to her by her mother, which was held in place by her grandmother's tiara. Her shoes matched the fabric of her dress and were embellished with pearls and silver. Making a statement with simplicity, the queen wore a strand of pearls given to her by her parents.

TLC Takeaway: Find creative ways to make your wedding wardrobe meaningful to you. Have your dress custom-made with fabric from your mother or grandmother's wedding dress, or accessorize with items of significance.


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