As soon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27, 2017, conversations about their wedding began. And it’s explainable: a royal wedding is a gorgeous and beautiful ceremony that attracts everyone’s attention.
But Great Britain isn’t the only country with a monarchy. So we decided to compare different royal weddings from around the world.
10. Great Britain: Prince William and Catherine Middleton
William and Catherine’s wedding made a lot of noise: the ceremony was broadcast live on the royal YouTube channel, and 72 million people watched it. There were more than 1,900 guests, and the Queen lent Kate her tiara.
9. Morocco: Moulay Rachid and Oum Keltoum Boufares
The wedding of Moulay Rachid and Oum Keltoum Boufares was held in accordance with Moroccan traditions and lasted for 2 days. In this photo, you can see the newlyweds and their relatives during the ritual of drawing with henna: there is a belief that this rite brings happiness and prosperity.
8. Germany: Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, and Ekaterina Malysheva
A descendant of British monarchs and a designer of Russian origin had their wedding ceremony in the main Hanoverian Lutheran Church. The ceremony was like a fairy tale: the newly married pair rode to a castle in a carriage to take part in an official reception. Unfortunately, the groom’s father didn’t attend the celebration as he was against this marriage.
7. Luxembourg: the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy
Though both partners are aristocrats, they decided not to follow tradition: a civil ceremony was held in Luxembourg City Hall. All previous ceremonies had been at the Grand Ducal Palace. But the couple didn’t refuse to have a traditional religious ceremony, and it was held the following day.
6. Brunei: Princess Hafizah Sururul and Muhammad Ruzaini
Princess Hafizah is a daughter of the Sultan of Brunei. Hassanal Bolkiah, her father, is one of the richest people in the world. No wonder the wedding was really luxurious! The ceremony was held in the throne room of a palace with 1,700 rooms, and the celebration lasted for several days.
5. Belgium: Prince Amedeo of Belgium and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein
A nephew of the King of Belgium and an Italian noblewoman had their wedding in Rome. The couple received a blessing from the Pope, and many other royal families arrived to enjoy the ceremony.
4. Bhutan: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan, and Jetsun Pema
The wedding ceremony was held at the fortress and Buddhist monastery Punakha Dzong (meaning “the palace of great happiness”) in accordance with Buddhist traditions. The whole country celebrated the wedding: each town organized a festival lasting for 3 days in honor of the newlyweds.
3. Sweden: Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling
The wedding of Victoria and her personal coach was so magnificent that it was called the greatest royal wedding since Prince Charles and Diana Spencer’s marriage. Many Swedes were dissatisfied because of the huge amounts of money spent. But at least the bride wore a veil that Swedish princesses have worn for 150 years.
2. Jordan: Prince Ali bin Hussein and Rym Brahimi
The wedding ceremony took place at the groom’s half-brother’s (King Abdullah II) house. The prince’s beloved is a former CNN journalist and UNO representative’s daughter.
1. Austria: Archduke Christoph and Adelaide Drape-Frisch
The wedding took place in France, the home country of diplomat’s daughter Adelaide. The civil ceremony was rather simple: there were only 40 guests, but the wedding looked like a real royal ceremony.
Royal couples seem to be loyal to traditions more than any other couples. Would you like to attend such a vivid celebration? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.