Royal Wedding Gowns – Contemporary Top Fifteen

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The results are in! It was a very exciting poll, so without too much preamble, here are your top fifteen. We are winnowing these down to the top five for next week. For those of you who get bored with the popular choices – you know who you are – don’t despair. We aren’t going to talk about the popular favorites forever. We have a historical dress poll on deck and we will revisit the “dresses less known” at some point, too.

Crown Princess Victoria

Always a perennial favorite, the Pär Engsheden minimalist gown was one of your top choices. It’s not surprising, given how timeless and iconic it has become.

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Crown Princess Mette Marit

This Ove Harder Finseth dress is so beloved, what else can we say about it? A lot, actually. Flow, movement, and a complete match of a gown to wearer make it memorable.

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Queen Maxima

It’s Valentino, so what’s not to like? He’s a genius and a beautiful woman wore his creation on her day.

Queen Margrethe

Jorgen Bender had a run of fabulous Danish wedding gowns, and this stands out as your favorite. It also screams “I am going to be Queen.” In a good way.

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Duchess of Cornwall

Robinson Valentine did the Duchess proud with this brilliant creation for a second wedding. Flattering and oh-so-appropriate, the Duchess has never looked better.

Beatrice Borromeo

This ivory Armani Prive gown proves that lace can flow and move like a dream. Of course, it helps when it’s worn by a tall drink of graceful Italian aristocracy!

Katharine Worsley (Duchess of Kent)

John Cavanaugh created a dress that was “pearlized and textured” and glowed with the beautiful bride.

Princess Eugenie

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos designed a dress for a princess that chockful of symbols, but more importantly, is beautifully flattering to the wearer.

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Queen Sofia (Spain)

This may be one of the most royal weddings ever, and the Jean Dessès lace dress is one that cannot be forgotten. It has regal written all over it, I mean, there’s a shoulder train. Nothing more royal than that!

Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma

This Addy van den Kronemaker dress has remarkable staying power (the wedding was in 2012) given that it was worn by a lesser-known royal. She’s a cousin of the current King of the Netherlands but maintains a low profile.

Princess Grace

This one also has a lot of staying power, and in this case, it’s completely understandable why. The combination of a high-profile wedding and a Hollywood designer – Helen Rose – is a slam-bam glam convergence. This is also not a gown but separates. Bodice, cummerbund, and skirt are all individual parts.

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Princess Astrid of Norway

We have our own Baguette Elizabeth to thank for bringing this to our attention. This is a wedding gown worn by a popular and practical Auntie. She had it redone into a ballgown – now there’s sustainable fashion.

Duchess of Cambridge

With lots of lace and incredible McQueen construction, the gown of Catherine-Middleton-as-she-was has a lot to offer. It also is perhaps one of the best well-known wedding gowns ever.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor

The wedding of Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael, was our most popular post ever. Our own Hofdame LiL is the dress’s biggest cheerleader. This Luisa Beccaria confection is pure frothy springtime.

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Queen Fabiola

This is a true high-style creation by the couture genius Balenciaga, worn by a much loved Queen. Bonus points for excellent cape drama.

Baguettes, you have proven yourselves to be people of wonderful and wide-ranging taste. That is one beautiful, eclectic selection of gowns. We’re voting for the top five here, so cast your vote for as many as you want as many times as you want. Make sure your choice hits the top five, which we will profile next Friday. Voting closes next Thursday.

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