Royals with second wedding dresses that break the rules: Princess Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson and more






Nicholas Murphy




The rules would dictate that royal wives must have no cropped hemlines, no necklines and no exposed shoulders, but what did they wear once they were away from the cameras?

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Princess Kate, Princess Charlene and more and more royals have swapped their signature wedding dresses for bolder ensembles at their private evening functions – but these second outfits are far less well known. We are talking about Meghan Marklebackless dress with off the shoulders and Princess Eugeniecolorful pink dress from, for example.

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If you’re intrigued, keep scrolling to see some of the most incredible second royal wedding dresses…

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson changed from her Lindka Cierach puff sleeve wedding dress and into a floral set as she headed to the Azores for her honeymoon with ex-husband Prince Andrew.

She was pictured waving to the royal crowd in a horse-drawn carriage as she made her way to Heathrow Airport in a short-sleeved peplum jacket with a nipped-in waist and an ankle-length pleated skirt.

The Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle revealed her love of sharp tailoring and clean silhouettes when she got married Prince Harry in a beautifully simple boat neck dress by Givenchy. For the evening reception at Frogmore House, she decided to show a little more flesh, opting for a gorgeous backless dress by Stella McCartney.

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Flora Vesterberg

Princess AlexandraFlora Vesterberg’s (née Ogilvy) granddaughter wore several stunning wedding dresses for her nuptials to Swedish financier Timothy Vesterberg.

For her nuptials in 2020 at Royal Chapel of St. James’s PalaceFlora was a beautiful bride in a modern dress by Emilia Wickstead, but she opted for a lace creation for her wedding blessing in 2021.

She wore a Phillipa Lepley dress with a romantic sweetheart neckline, long sheer sleeves and delicate embroidered flowers which she says “was influenced by the knowledge of botany my landscape father, James, taught me.” She later wore a third pink mini dress for a celebration at Claridges Hotel in London.

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie wowed royal watchers when she changed her stunning white wedding dress designed by Peter Pilotto into an equally divine powder pink Zac Posen dress for the evening reception. The 28-year-old also changed up her hair and accessories, letting her chestnut waves stand out and adding a pair of eye-catching chunky earrings.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

The marriage of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco was an exceptionally grand affair, even by royal wedding standards, with a civil ceremony followed by a huge Catholic mass. For the evening, she changed her white couture Giorgio Armani gown into this gorgeous ruffled design with rows of sequins.

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Princess Sofia

Princess Sofia of SwedenThe second dress was bolder than the first. The former model married Prince Carl Philip in 2015 wearing an Ida Sjöstedt dress with long lace sleeves, but later changed into another dress by the designer with a one-shoulder lace silhouette.

Princess of Wales

Princess Kate wore one of the most famous wedding dresses of all time when she arrived at Westminster Abbey in a heavily embroidered Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. But for her wedding reception, the mum-of-three changed into a simpler dress from the same designer with a satin A-line skirt and sweetheart neckline, which she accessorized with a soft cream cardigan. The second dress had the added bonus of not having a train, meaning she no longer needed her sister Pippa to move around!

princess diana

After saying ‘I do’ in her signature puff-sleeve wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Princess Diana changed into a pink suit that became her ‘honeymoon outfit’.

The Princess of Wales was pictured wearing a beautiful custom made pink dress and a jacket designed by David Sassoon for Bellville Sassoon on her wedding day, which she then recycled on the royal tour of Australia in 1982, and to open a hospital in Grimsby in 1983.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor

Although we didn’t get to see her second wedding dress in all its glory, Lady Gabriella Windsor’s fashion designer Luisa Beccaria shared a sketch of the long sleeveless white tulle dress, which was embroidered with mother-of-pearl exclusively with HELLO!. Isn’t it beautiful?

Charlotte Casiragui

After surprising at Saint Laurent for her civil ceremony, Charlotte Casiraghi donned a bespoke white silk Chanel strapless dress for her reception. The beautiful bride accessorized the dress with her grandmother Princess Grace‘s Cartier diamond necklace with her hair styled in elegant Hollywood-style curls.

Photo: Eric Mathon / Prince’s Palace Monaco

Mary Chevallier

Louis Ducruet’s wife Marie Chevallier wore a jumpsuit for her civil ceremony and a princess dress for their second ceremony at Monaco Cathedral, before changing into a third outfit at their wedding reception. The royal bride dared to bare her legs in a Rosa Clara mini dress, which featured embroidered lace and a tulle overcoat.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

The youngest child of King Carl and Queen Silvia, Madeleine decided to mix a new trend with an old tradition when she married financier Christopher O’Neill in 2013. Like other royal brides, she changed the Valentino lace dress for something simpler – a vintage ball gown previously worn by her mother. at a Nobel Peace Prize dinner, making it his “borrowed something” at the same time. It was later exhibited along with the dresses of other members of the Swedish royal family. So pretty!

Beatrice Borromee

The Italian aristocrat took the royal wedding dress count to dizzying new levels when she married Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline of Hanover, in two separate weekend ceremonies featuring five different outfits . However, she chose to save the best until the end – for the last reception of the evening, for which she arrived by boat, she wore a silk tulle dress designed by Armani with a deep neckline, micro pleats and a dramatic pleated train that featured two family heirloom diamond brooches.

Ekaterina Malysheva

For her wedding to Prince Ernst of Hanover, the fashion designer worked on not one but three stunning bridal looks, all created by Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour and covered in beautiful embroidery inspired by her Russian heritage. Her bridal look was white and traditional with a long train, while she opted for an off-the-shoulder design at the afterparty and a beautifully feminine pale pink look for the pre-wedding dinner. Beautiful!

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