1. The Duchess of Cambridge: Ten years after meeting at university, Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29 2011. Throughout their six-month engagement, the designer of Kate’s wedding gown was kept a secret. The designer was finally revealed as Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton - but not until the final moment when the bride was making her entrance into the Abbey.
2. Grace Kelly: The dress that Grace Kelly wore for her April 19 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose and was made from 25 yards of silk taffeta, antique rose-point lace and pearls by three dozen seamstresses, who worked on it for six weeks.
3. Princess Charlene of Monaco: When Charlene Wittstock, former Olympic swimmer, became Princess Charlene of Monaco she wore a bespoke gown by Giorgio Armani. The dress took 2,500 hours to create, including 700 hours for the embroidery alone and featured 40,000 Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl teardrops and 30,000 stones in gold shades. The dress was made up of 50 metres of duchesse silk and 80 metres of silk organza - and even the veil was a work of art, encompassing 20 metres of silk tulle taking 100 hours to embroider.
4. Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana wore a dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for her july 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. Her gown’s 25-foot train is the longest in royal wedding history.
5. Queen Elizabeth II: She was just 21 when she married Prince Phillip in november 1946. Her Majesty famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed. The gown was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with 10,000 imported white pearls, silver thread and tulle embroidery. Her bridal ensemble also included a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother.
6. Jacqueline Kennedy: She wore a full-skirted dress by New York designer Ann Lowe when she married John F Kennedy at Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rhode Island, in september 1953. She completed her look with little white gloves and a full veil.
7. Audrey Hepburn: She married actor Mel Ferrer in september 1954, after starring with him on Broadway in the play Ondine. She wore a typically full-skirted fifties ballerina-length style by Pierre Balmain with roses in her hair.