Royal Weddings

Explore royal wedding history through our Victoria Revealed and Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibitions.

Explore royal wedding history through our Victoria Revealed and Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibitions.

To mark the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on 19 May 2018, we explore the theme of royal weddings through some treasured objects on display at Kensington Palace.

These objects are on display as part of the Victoria Revealed and Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibitions.

Image: Prince George (later George V) and Princess Mary of Teck on their wedding day in 1893. The Princess was born at Kensington Palace and took a great interest in opening the palace up to the public, choosing much of the room decoration and exhibits herself.

Summer planting in the Sunken Garden 2009.

Special effects creative photography using a tilt-shift lens. This selectively focuses the image and gives a miniaturised effect. This image focuses on Kensington Palace in the background.

Highlights from our collection

Minature portrait with frame showing Queen Victoria wearing her wedding wreath, veil, sapphire brooch, small collar of the garter and the Turkish diamond earrings and necklace.

Queen Victoria, portrait by John Haslem

On display as part of the Victoria Revealed exhibition

In this striking miniature of Queen Victoria by John Haslem, the Queen wears her wedding wreath of orange-blossom flowers and her wedding veil. On her dress is a sapphire brooch, which was given to her as a wedding gift by Prince Albert.

The miniature was hung in the Prince Consort's Writing Room at Buckingham Palace and went on display at the Great Exhibition in 1851. It is now on display at Kensington Palace in the Victoria Revealed exhibition.

Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

The Fife tiara

On display as part of the Victoria Revealed exhibition

Joining the Victoria Revealed exhibition for 2018 is the majestic Fife tiara, given to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Louise on her wedding day in 1889.

A gift from Louise’s husband the Duke of Fife, it comprises hundreds of diamonds ranging in weight from one to ten carats, and features a spectacular row of pear shaped ‘swing set’ diamonds, which would have dazzled onlookers when worn.

Princess Diana in her going away suit by Bellville Sassoon, boarding a plane, 1981.

Diana, Princess of Wales' going-away suit

On display in Diana: Her Fashion Story

This Bellville Sassoon suit was worn by Diana, Princess of Wales to board the train for her honeymoon in July 1981.

The outfit is made up of a cantaloupe melon silk dress and jacket with white lace fichu collar and cuffs — elegantly encapsulating the romanticism of the early 1980s.

The Princess also selected the suit for her first official overseas trip to Australia in 1982 and to Grimsby, England, on July 16, 1983.

The stunning ensemble is part of the private collection of TRH The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It is currently on display alongside dresses and other outfits from iconic moments in the Princess's life as part of the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Image: © Getty Images

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Modern royals at Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the White Garden at Kensington Palace

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Learning resources

A Right Royal Wedding

Primary school resources

Celebrate the special occasion of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle's wedding in your school with these resources which explore the story behind the public celebration of royal weddings.

Image: The Marriage of Queen Victoria (detail) by Sir George Hayter, 1840-2. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

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The Marriage of Queen Victoria, a painting by Sir George Hayter.
Diana, Princess of Wales wears a Versace dress in the promo image for Diana: Her Fashion Story
Highlights Things to see

Diana: Her Fashion Story, is the critically-acclaimed exhibition featuring some of Diana, Princess of Wales' most famous outfits.

Open daily until 17 February 2019

Kensington Palace

Give yourself at least one hour for this exhibition.

A diamond and emerald tiara mounted on a frame on a plain background
Highlights Things to see

Learn about Queen Victoria's long and extraordinary life in her own words at the Victoria Revealed exhibition.

Open daily until 06 January 2019

Kensington Palace

The Beauchamp Tower, looking south towards an arrow loop window. A large wooden cross positioned on the floor can be partially seen in the foreground. 

The Beauchamp Tower was built between 1275-81 by King Edward I (1239-1307). It is named after Thomas Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick who was imprisoned in the tower in 1397, accused of high treason.
Things to see

Learn why people ended up as prisoners in the Tower of London, in the very rooms where some of them were held.

Open daily

Tower of London

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china plate

Commemorate the royal wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with this official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.

£49.00

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china pill box

Royal Wedding 2018 official commemorative fine bone china pill box

Commemorate the royal wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This official commemorative china pill box has been commissioned by Buckingham Palace and has been made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries.

£35.00

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove made from Cotton twill with polyester thermal

Henry VIII gauntlet armour oven glove

This fun oven glove has been inspired by a suit of armour made for Henry VIII in 1540, which is on display at the Tower of London.

12.99