Queen Elizabeth to Pippa Middleton: Royal Bridesmaids Through the Years!
PRINCE WILLIAM & PRINCESS KATE
William and Kate's 2011 royal wedding was watched across the world. But all eyes were on a certain member of their bridal party: bride-to-be Pippa Middleton! The then-27-year-old was joined by fellow bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, Margarita Armstrong, Eliza Lopes and scene-stealer Grace van Cutsem.
PRINCE CHARLES & PRINCESS DIANA
In her "wedding of the century," Princess Diana had five bridesmaids, all of whom wore mini replicas of her full, detailed gown. Members of her bridal party included Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, India Hicks, daughter of the Queen's bridesmaid Pamela, Clementine Hambro, Catherine Cameron and Sarah-Jane Gaselee, all of whom were daughters of friends of the royal family. Diana, unlike her daughter-in-law, Kate, did not have a maid of honor, though Prince Charles's brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, served as his "supporters" — de facto "best men."
QUEEN ELIZABETH & PRINCE PHILIP
Unlike her daughter-in-law and granddaughter-in-law, the then-Princess Elizabeth chose her contemporaries as bridesmaids. Elizabeth chose her sister, Princess Margaret, cousins Margaret Rhodes, Diana Bowes-Lyon and Princess Alexandra of Kent, lady-in-waiting Pamela Hicks, second cousin Lady Mary Cambridge and friends Lady Caroline Montagu Douglas Scott and Lady Elizabeth Longman.
CAPTAIN LORD BRABOURNE & PATRICIA MOUNTBATTEN
Before she was a bride herself, the future Queen was a bridesmaid. She, along with three of her own future bridesmaids: Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Pamela Hicks (then Pamela Mountbatten), were attendants at the wedding of Brabourne and Patricia Mountbatten in 1946.
PRINCESS MARGARET & ANTONY ARMSTRONG-JONES
PRINCE ALBERT & PRINCESS CHARLENE
2011 was a big year for royal weddings! Albert and Charlene tied the knot just a few months after William and Kate, in a ceremony with just as much splendor and opulence. Charlene's maid of honor was Donatella Knecht de Massy, who is married to K. Sébastien Knecht de Massy, a cousin of Prince Albert. She also had seven young girls from Monaco and southern France serving as bridesmaids, who wore a traditional red-and-white Monegasque outfits for the occasion.
GRACE KELLY & PRINCE RAINIER
In the ultimate Hollywood meets royalty fairy tale, Grace Kelly married Monaco's Prince Rainier in 1956. Though she had adult bridesmaids, they wore similar hats to the ones Charlene's young maids wore — and they wore bright yellow dresses for the occasion. All of Grace's bridesmaids were American, friends from her pre-royal, and some, even pre-fame life. One of them, Judith Balaban Quine, even wrote a book about the experience, called The Bridesmaids.
PETER PHILLIPS & AUTUMN KELLY
Though it was technically a royal wedding, the Phillips' 2008 nuptials had many hallmarks of a typical wedding ceremony: Adult bridesmaids, who were friends and family members of the bride (her sister-in-law (then) Zara Phillips was among them!), in matching dresses. Kelly's maids wore green floor length gowns for the big day at Windsor Castle.
PRINCE EDWARD & SOPHIE RHYS-JONES
The Queen's youngest son and his wife, now known as Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had a more relaxed royal wedding, with a ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. But they still had a few traditional younger bridesmaids and page boys, too.