- Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew in 1986 – and although the couple later divorced, Ferguson still holds a key position within the royal family today.
- Her daughter, Princess Beatrice, will have her own royal wedding in 2020, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
- It could potentially be the last high profile royal wedding attended by Queen Elizabeth.
- To celebrate Ferguson’s birthday on October 15, Insider has gathered 29 photos or paintings from the most iconic royal weddings throughout history.
- Bobbie Edsor contributed to an earlier version of this story.
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April 8, 1795: Prince George (to be King George IV) married Princess Caroline at Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
The first cousins’ marriage was not illegal at the time because the dangers inflicted on an incestuous couple’s offspring weren’t fully understood.
February 10, 1840: Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at St James’s Palace.
The Queen’s white dress was unusual at the time. It was more fashionable for brides to wear colourful dresses – especially gold. In the 19th century, a white wedding dress was actually a symbol of wealth rather than purity.
January 25, 1858: Princess Victoria (daughter of Queen Victoria) married Prince Frederick of Prussia at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
The people of London filled the streets trying to get a glimpse of the Princess Royal on the way to St James’s Palace. Princess Victoria’s procession included 18 carriages, over 300 soldiers, and 220 horses, according to historian Hannah Pakula.
March 10, 1863: Prince Edward (to be King Edward VII) married Princess Alexandra of Denmark at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
When her son married Princess Alexandra, Queen Victoria didn’t join the rest of the wedding procession in the pews of St George’s Chapel. Instead, she watched the marriage ceremony alone from an upper balcony, looking over the crowds, according to one portrait of the ceremony.
July 5, 1866: Princess Helena (daughter of Queen Victoria) married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Princess Helena – nicknamed “Lenchen” by her family – was reportedly outspoken and tomboyish, according to the Royal Collection.
This didn’t stop Queen Victoria’s daughter from dressing up in exquisite, royal fashion with a flower crown adorned with orange blossom (a symbol of fertility) and myrtle (a symbol of love).
March 21, 1871: Princess Louise (daughter of Queen Victoria) married Marquis of Lorne at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Princess Louise was reportedly “the prettiest and liveliest” of Queen Victoria’s daughters. She was the only princess in her family to marry a commoner rather than a fellow royal.
March 13, 1879: Prince Arthur (son of Queen Victoria) married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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Prince Arthur was reportedly Queen Victoria’s favourite son and worked in the military for most of his life.
July 6, 1893: Prince George (to be King George V) married Princess Victoria Mary of Teck at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
It is rumoured that Prince George accidentally caught a glimpse of his bride before their wedding ceremony – which superstitious individuals widely consider to be bad luck. Nevertheless, the pair remained married until the King’s death in 1936.
February 10, 1904: Princess Alice (daughter of Prince Leopold — fourth son of Queen Victoria) married Prince Alexander of Teck at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Princess Alice was led down the aisle by her brother, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
June 15, 1905: Princess Margaret of Connaught (daughter of Prince Arthur — Queen Victoria’s third son) married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (to be King Gustaf VI of Sweden) at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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Princess Margaret and her younger sister, Patricia, were seen as two of the most eligible princesses in Europe prior to their respective marriages.
February 27, 1919: Princess Patricia of Connaught (daughter of Prince Arthur — Queen Victoria’s third son) married Alexander Ramsey at Westminster Abbey.
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Princess Patricia and Alexander Ramsey’s wedding was the first cause for nationwide celebration since the end of the Great War in November 1918 – and was toasted heartily across the country.
February 28, 1922: Princess Mary (daughter of King George V) married Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey.
Despite the couple’s 15-year age difference, they were perfectly matched.
In his memoirs, their oldest son said: “My mother was never so happy to our eyes as children as when she and my father were embarked on some scheme together, as they often were.”
April 26, 1923: Prince Albert (to be King George VI) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.
It took three separate marriage proposals before Lady Elizabeth finally agreed to marry Prince Albert (commonly nicknamed Bertie).
The bride-to-be was reportedly scared of the huge changes in her life that marrying into the royal family would cause. Little did she know that she would later become Queen after Bertie’s older brother abdicated the throne.
June 3, 1937: Prince Edward (to be King Edward VIII before later abdicating the throne) married Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson at Château de Candé, France.
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Prince Edward’s marriage to an American divorcee not only meant he had to abdicate the throne, but also caused a huge rift between the prince and the rest of his family.
The pair married in France with only seven people present and the ceremony was reportedly over within five minutes, according to Time.
November 20, 1947: Princess Elizabeth (to be Queen Elizabeth II) married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (to be Prince Philip) at Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip reportedly fell in love when the Queen was just 13, in 1939.
The couple became secretly engaged in 1946 after the Queen’s father, King George VI, forbade his daughter from publicly announcing the engagement until she turned 21 one year later.
May 6, 1960: Princess Margaret (daughter of King George VI) married Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
The happy couple’s ceremony in Westminster Abbey was the first ever royal wedding to be officially televised.
April 24, 1963: Princess Alexandra of Kent (daughter of Prince George — King George V’s fourth son) married Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey.
The pair’s ceremony was broadcast from Westminster Abbey and an estimated 200 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the royal wedding, according to historian James Panton.
July 8, 1972: Prince Richard of Gloucester (son of Prince Henry — the third son of King George V) married Birgitte van Deurs at St Andrew’s Church.
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The pair reportedly met while studying at the University of Cambridge. They opted for a small ceremony at St Andrew’s Church in Barnwell, Northamptonshire.
November 14, 1973: Princess Anne (daughter of Queen Elizabeth II) married Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey.
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Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips met thanks to their mutual love of equestrian sports. The pair announced their engagement when the princess was just 22, and married six months later.
July 29, 1981: Prince Charles (son of Queen Elizabeth II) married Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral.
600,000 people filled London’s streets to get a glimpse of the couple, a further 750 million watched the ceremony on TV, and St Paul’s Cathedral was filled by the 3,500-strong congregation – not to mention that mammoth train.
July 23, 1986: Prince Andrew (son of Queen Elizabeth II) married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
Despite divorcing in 1996, the pair reportedly still live together in Royal Lodge, Windsor.
June 19, 1999: Prince Edward (son of Queen Elizabeth II) married Sophie Rhys-Jones at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The couple were adamant that their wedding would not be turned into a state occasion, and no politicians or heads of state outside of the royal family’s close circle were invited.
April 9, 2005: Prince Charles (son of Queen Elizabeth II) married Camilla Parker-Bowles at Windsor Guildhall.
Prince Charles and Parker-Bowles married in 2005. The wedding did receive the blessing of the Queen, although she did not attend the ceremony itself due to both Charles and Camilla having previously been married.
May 17, 2008: Peter Phillips (son of Princess Anne — Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter) married Autumn Kelly at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Sassi Holford, who designed the bride’s dress, told the Telegraph: “Autumn was incredibly composed but slightly nervous. She was also very excited.”
April 29, 2011: Prince William (son of Prince Charles, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II) married Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
Prince William and Kate’s wedding was the most anticipated royal wedding since Prince Charles married Diana in 1981.
Although Prince William is second-in-line to the throne and expected to one day become king, he is not the official heir apparent. This meant that the couple had considerably more say in the planning and guest list for the wedding.
July 30, 2011: Zara Phillips (daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II) married Mike Tindall at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.
Zara Phillips married former England rugby captain Mike Tindall in 2011. Due to the couple’s many celebrity and high-profile sportsman friends, the ceremony was one of the most star-studded weddings in royal history.
May 19, 2018: Prince Harry (son of Prince Charles, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II) married actress Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Oprah, Serena Williams, and Elton John were some of the celebrities who turned out to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry, as well as Queen Elizabeth and virtually all of the royal family.
Being an American divorcee, Markle defied many royal traditions.
October 12, 2018: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank was another star-studded day, with Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, and Pixie Geldof all in attendance.
Princess Eugenie wore a tiara which was owned by the Queen Mother and lent to her by Queen Elizabeth II.
May 18, 2019: Lady Gabriella “Ella” Windsor (daughter of the Queen’s first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent) married Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel.
Although not as high-profile as Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry’s weddings, which took place at the same location in Windsor, Lady Ella’s wedding was attended by many royals and celebrities.
The Queen, Princess Beatrice, Pippa Middleton, and Prince Harry were all in attendance.
2020: Princess Beatrice of York will marry property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
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Although further details – such as the location of the wedding – are yet to be announced, the palace did release the couple’s official engagement photos, which were taken by Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie.