June 19, 1999
St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
When Prince Edward married, it seemed like the whole theme and idea of the wedding was to mark a departure from the royal weddings of the past. Queen Elizabeth's youngest child did not get married in St. Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey like his older siblings, but in the cozier St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It wasn't a state occasion and the prime minister wasn't invited. There was no balcony wave, and no kiss for the cameras. Even the guests had to switch it up: the early evening wedding demanded long dresses with covered shoulders and no hats for the ladies.
the famous Garter robes.
wore a tiara lent to her by the queen and possibly composed of elements from Queen Victoria's Regal Circlet (though the exact provenance was not officially released). It is a tiara which has drawn much ire, but not nearly as much as the rest of her wedding jewelry: her earrings and cross necklace are black and white pearls and were designed by Prince Edward. Horribly clunky thing, that necklace.
As we've discussed in the past, after a bumpy road trying to make it as royals in the commercial world, Sophie and Edward are both now full-time royals. Edward received the titles of Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn on his wedding day with the note that he will someday become the Duke of Edinburgh. The couple now has two children, Louise and James, and they are styled as the children of an earl (Lady Louise and Viscount Severn).
The wedding, Part 1
I've received many requests to feature this gown, so I'm anxious to know what you think...
Was Sophie's dress a success, or not?
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