10 June 2013

Random Wedding Tidbits: Royal Bridal Entrances

Ugh, I always get such a hangover when I have to go back to, you know, real life following one of these spectacular royal wedding weekends. Am I going to run into anyone wearing a tiara today? No, I am not. Boo.

So let's ease into reality this week, take it nice and slow, with a little light nostalgia. One of the most memorable moments of Princess Madeleine's wedding was her walk down the aisle, and the emotional reaction of her groom. But royal brides are prone to impressive entrances - that's one of the many things to love about a royal wedding - and Chris isn't the only groom to get all choked up. Today, a tour via video through some fantastic royal entrances, just for fun.

Video: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in 2001, the Prince of Orange and Máxima Zorreguieta in 2002, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson in 2004, and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling in 2010
This lovely compilation shows us the joint entrances of Haakon and Mette-Marit and Willem-Alexander and Máxima, as well as an emotional Frederik waiting for Mary (you can't blame the guy - not only was it his wedding, his bride entered to the epic strains of Handel's "Zadok the Priest", one of the anthems of a British coronation), and Victoria meeting Daniel halfway to the altar.

Video: The Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, 2004
Here's Felipe and the end to his wait for Letizia, who had to make it to the church without getting drenched in the rain.

Video: Prince Joachim of Denmark and Marie Cavallier, 2008
Frederik's not the only emotional Danish groom! His brother Joachim had to pause to hug his sons while bride Marie made her entrance.

Video: Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton, 2011
Another coronation anthem at work: Hubert Parry's "I Was Glad".

Video: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, 2011
A long and careful walk down the aisle for Charlene during their outdoor wedding.

Video: The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, 2012
Stéphanie's entrance included a few touching moments with her father before settling in at the altar. He wasn't well enough to walk with her, and so she was escorted through the grand cathedral by her brother.

Do you have a favorite royal bridal entrance?
Bonus points for illustrating with video if it isn't included here!