the tiara she wore (on loan from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), so why not finish it up by going over the dress? Plus, this is another good wedding to review if you're trying to get in the mood for a Westminster Abbey wedding.
Listen: I love this dress. Seriously, I do. It's totally unique, and completely Princess Anne. Can you imagine her getting married in anything else? (Anything other than her attire for her second wedding, of course - which coincidentally is also totally and completely Princess Anne.) Apparently, it was the 23-year-old bride herself that came up with the idea for this Tudor creation.
Maureen Baker of Susan Small designed the dress, based off of court dress from the era of Elizabeth I. The whole thing was kept top-secret until the wedding day, when Princess Anne stepped out of the carriage to reveal the striking white silk creation.
Though simple in appearance, the gown did have some significant ornamentation: the neck and top featured rows of pearls and the back and train of the gown featured orange blossom embroidery in pearls and silver thread.
this video (some screen caps of the back of the gown are above). You can also appreciate the full glory of Anne's 1970's hairstyle in video. I love how her veil floats up above the high hair - it almost looks as though she had a front veil from the side, there's so much volume (she didn't). And it was light indeed:
I know this is one of those gowns that probably has a place on many people's lists of Worst Royal Wedding Gowns. You could make a good case that the design, particularly the sleeves (and the hair), hasn't aged well. But I love it. I love the way it moves, I love that it's modest yet flattering, and I love that it is 100% Princess Anne.
Now, your turn: love it or hate it? (And before you go there with the Princess Leia comparisons, note this: Princess Anne was married in 1973, the first Star Wars movie didn't come out until 1977. Another case of Hollywood taking some inspiration from real-life royalty, perhaps?)
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