It's not just a gown.
It's the splendor that catches our breath and holds our heart. It's the pure elegance and grace of exquisite fabric that floats along with the princess, enveloping her in delicate lace. It's the royal gown that shimmers as it moves and glows like the bride-to-be. Listen for that sharp intake of air when the bride-to-be enters the room. That's the reaction to the regal and glorious gown. A gown that forever will be remembered, along with the happy couple, during this most public and joyous of celebrations.
Only the creme de la creme of designers can make this happen - designers such as Valentino, Dior, Armani and a few select others. These are the designers who become instantly famous and worthy of a place in history.
Whether you are a fashionista or you simply sigh when you see the beauty of a wedding dress, you'll enjoy taking this quiz. You'll note the trends of the times that the designer reflected in the style and grace of each unique royal wedding dress. You'll also be quizzed on which designer created the elegant and ethereal masterpiece. Take the quiz now and from this day forward, forever hold your peace.
When Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, married Princess Elizabeth, the designer Norman Hartnell was asked to submit designs for the wedding dress. He learned he had less than three months to make the complicated dress and train. It was delivered to Buckingham Palace on the eve of the wedding.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen created a dress of ivory satin with a boned bodice, a full skirt and modest train. The lace was handworked using a traditional Irish technique by members of the Royal School of Needlework,.
Royal favorite Norman Hartnell was asked to design the dress for a royal wedding once again, that of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. "It seems as if she moved in a soft white cloud," gushed a journalist in "The Times."
An American designer, Helen Rose, along with the wardrobe department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, made the dress worn by actress Grace Kelly. She married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Prince Charles' second bride, Camilla Parker Bowles (now the Duchess of Cornwall), looked stunning in an elegant two-piece designed by Antonia Robinson and Anne Valentine.
Diana, Princess of Wales, looked extraordinary, and designers Elizabeth and David Emanuel became household names when Lady Di married Prince Charles. This wedding gown featured an extravagant 25-foot-long train.
King Edward VII abdicated the throne to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson, shocking royal watchers around the world. The designer of the dress was an American named Main Rousseau Bocher, who worked in Paris at the time and became known in the fashion industry as Mainbocher.
When Princess Alexandra married Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey, she choose her wedding gown designer to be John Cavanagh. Cavanagh had a long history with the Kents.
When the future Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands married Claus von Amsberg in 1966, she chose Caroline Bergé-Farwick of Maison Linette to design her wedding gown. However the design ideas came from the bride.
Princess Margrethe of Denmark married Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezathe in a gown designed by Jørgen Bender. The designer was a favorite of her mother, Queen Ingrid, and a staple royal couturier.
It was a beautiful sight when Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey in London. Princess Anne chose Maureen Baker to design a dress gorgeous enough for a royal.
Alessandra de Osma married Prince Christian of Hanover and chose Jorge Vázquez as her designer. He created an all-lace, mock-necked gown that took your breath away.
Prince Ernst August Jr., who is stepson to Princess Caroline of Monaco and son of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, actually married a fashion designer! Ekaterina Malysheva, however, did not design her gown. Instead she relied on her friend, designer Sandra Mansour, for the breathtaking dress.
When you're a descendant of Queen Victoria, you can choose any designer you want. And Lady Charlotte Wellesley chose Emilia Wickstead to create this bridal gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a jaw-dropping train.
Princess Sofia of Sweden married Prince Carl Philip in 2015 at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm. The Swedish designer Ida Sjösted crafted a masterpiece that included a custom all-lace gown with a dramatic train.
Princess Madeleine married Christopher O'Neill's at the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm in 2013. Valentino created this resplendent gown with an exquisite custom veil.
Prince Felix of Luxembourg wed Claire Lademacher in 2013. The bride chose Ellie Saab to create this stunning gown with a ten-foot train in embroidered Chantilly lace.
The youngest daughter of Princess Irene and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, wore an Addy van den Krommenacker-designed gown to wed Albert Brenninkmeijer. This custom sheath dress, incorporated heirloom Bruges lace that Princess Maria Carolina Christina's mother wore on her wedding day.
Can you imagine embroidering 50,000 pearls on a wedding dress and train? This was done for the marriage of Prince Guillaume, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. Elie Saab is the designer who created this stunning masterpiece.
Princess Charlene wore a dress from the Armani Privé collection for her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011. Princess Charlene chose a minimal and sleek look with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a slim silhouette.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden walked down the aisle in a Par Engsheden-designed wedding dress to marry Prince Daniel. Their wedding ceremony was at a picturesque site in Stockholm in 2010.
Marie Cavallier wore an Arasa Morelli-designed dress for her wedding to Prince Joachim of Denmark in 2008. The tight lace sleeves and elegant lace-trimmed veil were the highlights of this designer gown.
Breaking the mold, the now Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau wore a unique gown by Viktor & Rolf when marrying Dutch Prince Johan Friso in 2004. The nontraditional gown was covered in dozens of bows rather than bead work.
A slim, sleek gown and a soft open collar was chosen by Princess Letiza to wear as she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Felipe of Spain. This design, created by Manuel Pertegaz, is refined, elegant and stunning.
This gown and coat is atypical but oh so pleasing. Norwegian Princess Martha Louise married Ari Behn in this custom-made dress and coat by designer Wenche Lyche. The coat came complete with a long train and was removed during the reception.
Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit tied the knot in 2001. The bride's dress seems as stylish and elegant today as it was back then. This custom gown was designed by Ove Harder Finseth in collaboration with the Princess for a breath-taking bridal dress.
Wearing an elaborate Elie Saab Haute Couture creation, Queen Rania of Jordan was absolutely stunning when she wed Prince Abdullah in Amman. The wedding took place in 1993.
Do you instantly recognize the Dior style and sophistication? In 1978, when Queen Noor married King Hussein of Jordan, she chose Christian Dior to design her elegant gown.
Princess Caroline of Monaco wore a gorgeous, breath-taking gown, designed by Marc Bohan when she married Philippe Junot in 1978.
When King Constantine of Greece and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark wed in 1964, little did they know the Danish designer who created Anne Marie's stunning ensemble would also design their daughter's royal wedding gown!
Designer Jean Desses could not be outdone. Princess Sofia of Greece & Denmark wore a lamé gown covered in lace and tulle with 3/4 sleeves and a full skirt to marry King Juan Carlos of Spain. Although all of this was eye-catching, the veil and train were beyond compare.
Simple and elegant, Princess Margaret was a vision of loveliness when she wed Antony Armstrong Jones in 1960 at Westminster Abbey. The magnificent gown was designed by Norman Hartnell.
Another Dior classic. When Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi wed Queen Soraya, the Empress of Iran, she wore a custom Christian Dior gown and was the epitome of elegance.
King Willem-Alexander married Máxima of the Netherlands and watched his bride walk down the aisle in a Valentino-designed gown. We're sure his heart fluttered when he saw her in this majestic long-sleeved ivory gown, with a train inset with beautiful embroidered flowers
When Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Countess Sophie Rhys Jones exchanged vows, the bride looked regal and exquisite. Her dress was designed by Samantha Shaw.
Prince Albert and Charlene of Monaco tied the knot in a civil ceremony. Charlene looked picture-perfect in a beautifully cut sky-blue suit that bespoke understated glamour.