9 of the most expensive royal wedding dresses, ranked
Princess Diana's wedding dress would have cost over $490,000 in today's money.
Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress cost an estimated $332,000.
Princess Beatrice borrowed a dress from the Queen for her wedding, making hers the least expensive.
Royal weddings are known for sparing no expense.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana's "wedding of the century" would cost $110 million in today's money. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle served a $71,600 lemon elderflower cake at their reception. And for Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, security alone cost the couple an estimated $33 million dollars.
Many royal wedding dresses also come with six-figure price tags, taking designers months to create. Even dresses that appear to have relatively modest price tags - such as the Queen's $42,000 dress in 1947 - would be much more expensive today when adjusted for inflation.
Here are nine of the priciest wedding dresses royals have worn, from the least expensive to the most expensive.
Princess Beatrice borrowed one of Queen Elizabeth's gowns for her wedding due to COVID-19 restrictions, making it the least expensive royal wedding dress.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's scaled-down, secret event was likely one of the least expensive royal weddings ever. Beatrice borrowed a gown from the Queen that Norman Hartnell designed in the 1960s, and reworked it by adding triple organza sleeves and embroidered vintage diamantés.
Her mother Sarah Ferguson's wedding gown cost an estimated $45,000 in 1986, which would be more than $107,000 today.
Designed by Lindka Cierach, Ferguson's ivory silk gown included a 17-and-a-half-foot train and took four months to make, according to People magazine.
Markle's halter-top reception dress cost more than $157,000 in 2018, which would be $163,550 today.
The silk crepe dress was designed by Stella McCartney.
Princess Eugenie's wedding dress cost about $260,000 in 2018, which is $270,845 in today's money.
Princess Eugenie's wedding dress was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. It featured a neckline that folded around the shoulders, a low back, and a long, flowing train. Instead of a veil, she opted for the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara with diamonds and emeralds.
Hamish Shephard, the founder of the wedding planning app Bridebook, estimated Princess Eugenie's wedding dress cost for the Daily Mail.
In 2018, Markle's wedding dress cost around $265,000. Today, that would be $276,000.
Markle's simple boat-neck ceremony dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
Kate Middleton's wedding dress cost an estimated $332,000 in 2011. That would be more than $345,000 today.
Created by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, the dress featured handmade lace, 58 gazar and organza buttons, and a nearly 9-foot train.
Princess Diana's wedding dress cost about $127,000 in 1981, which would be around $490,000 in today's money.
Princess Diana's wedding dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, a husband and wife duo. The gown contained 10,000 pearls and mother-of-pearl sequins, with a train that stretched 25 feet.
Grace Kelly's wedding dress cost $65,200 when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, which would be $623,000 today.
Designed by Helen Rose, Kelly's dress used 400 total yards of ivory faille and silk net.
Queen Elizabeth paid for her $42,000 wedding dress with ration coupons in 1947, which would be over $1.6 million today.
Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, was made of duchess satin and featured floral silk appliqués and a 13-foot silk train.
The Netflix series "The Crown" spent seven weeks and $37,000 creating an exact replica of the Queen's dress for its first episode.
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