Queen Elizabeth II, 1947
The design of Queen Elizabeth's dress was only approved less than three months before the wedding. Royal dress designer Norman Hartnell imagined a gown with fine pearl embroidery in a floral design inspired by a Botticelli painting. The 4.5-metres silk tulle court train was attached at the shoulders and embroidered with pearl and crystal (but it was still 3 metres shorter than Princess Diana's).
Grace Kelly, 1956
Created with Grace Kelly's Hollywood Princess image in mind, the gown featured rose point lace, and was a gift from the star's studio, Metro-Godwyn-Mayer. It was designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose, who also created Kelly's wardrobe for four of her films.
Princess Margaret, 1960
Paving the way for future royal weddings, Princess Margaret and photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones' was the first to be broadcast on television and more than 20 million viewers tuned in. Also designed by Norman Hartnell, the silk organza gown had 30 metres of fabric in the skirt alone. Crystal embellishments and beading were used sparingly to keep the focus on Margaret's figure.