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How to Accessorise like Royalty

13 April 2018

In light of the upcoming Royal Weddings planned for this year, we are looking back at some of our favourite previous Royal Wedding fashions through history. We show you our favourite Princess looks and how to get a look inspired by these Royal Weddings: 

Queen Elizabeth, 1923

Left: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) 1923 wedding, Centre: Richard Designs beaded cap veil - TR1690A , Far Right: Richard Designs lace Juliet cap veil - C384A, Bottom: Richard Designs pearl necklace - P714.

For her wedding to George VI in 1923, Queen Elizabeth wore an ivory chiffon moire gown, embroidered with silver thread and pearls. She accessorised with a lace embroidered juliet cap veil and a two row pearl necklace.

Get a similar veil style to Queen Elizabeth with our traditional juliet cap veil, C384A. This veil fastens in the hair with small metal combs at either side. For a more modern take, see our beaded juliet cap and veil, TR1690A.  

Queen Elizabeth II, 1947

Top left: Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip, Underneath: Richard Designs stud earrings - E145 and E153, Top centre: Queen Elizabeth and Phillip, Centre: Richard Designs Classic tiaras - B011L and B011M , Top Right: Richard Designs pearl necklace - P715, Bottom Right: Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day. 

Elizabeth II wore a long sleeved duchesse silk satin gown embellished with white seed pearls, crystal and silver thread. The veil was exquisite, a long embroidered silk tulle veil paired with a double row pearl necklace. 

Accessorise like Elizabeth with an upright tiara like style B011M and a necklace like P715.

Princess Diana, 1981

Left: Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Centre: Richard Designs beaded upright tiara - TR2482A, Below: Richard Designs crystal upright tiara - TR2549A, Below: Richard Designs tiara - TR2523A, Below: Drop earrings - E162, Below: Pearl drop earrings - E144, Right: Charles and Diana, Bottom Right: Charles and Diana on their wedding day.  

Princess Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta gown with a ruffled V-neckline and a 25 foot train edged with antique lace. The gown was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, it was embellished with hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. Diana accessorised with a veil even longer than the train on her dress! The veil was 153 yards long. The tiara Diana wore was her Spencer family's heirloom tiara. 

Get a look like Diana with one of our statement upright tiara's like our brand new style TR2549A, pair this with some drop earrings like, E162. 

Princess Catherine, 2011

Left: Prince William and Kate on their wedding day, Next: Richard Designs upright tiara - TR2512A, Far Right: Richard Designs drop earrings - P806E, Below: Richard Designs upright vintage look tiara - TR2464A, Next to: Richard Designs stud earrings - E153, Below: Princess Kate's veil, Bottom Right: Richard Designs Soft tulle lace edge veil - C353C.

Princess Catherine wore a beautiful long sleeved lace and silk gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Kate accessorised with a fingertip length ivory silk lace edged veil alongside an upright tiara from The Queen's private collection. Complete with some bespoke diamond drop earrings. Read more about Kate's royal wedding look here.

Get a look like Kate with our upright tiara TR2464A, sparkling drop earrings P806E and soft tulle lace edge veil like our veil C353C. See more of our lace veils here and our upright tiara's here. 

To see how Kate changed her bridal look from day to night on our recent blog here. 

To read all the details about what we know so far about Prince Harry and Meghan's the upcoming Royal wedding here. 

To see more of our blogs on Royal weddings here.   

Alisha Oakey

Alisha Oakey

Alisha has a design degree and has been working with Richard Designs since 2011, specialising in veil design.


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