What can history teach us about Kate Middleton’s choice of wedding dress? Dr Joanna Marschner reveals the style and symbolism of two centuries of royal wedding dresses. Find out what the dresses say about attitudes to royal marriage, about the the state of the nation – and about the personality of the brides who wore them. From Princess Charlotte’s silver gown of 1826, through Queen Victoria’s iconic white silk dress, through to Princess Margaret’s Norman Hartnell designed couture gown. The dresses are part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection looked after by Historic Royal Palaces at Kensington Palace.

24 Responses to “Royal wedding dresses: a history”

  • Maggy May:

    We need to focus on the gowns rather than the narrator.

  • jammymum:

    Excellent appreciate the video, though little detail. Can you tell me, was itVictoria or Elizabeth 2nd who introduced the white gown?

  • Alexfolledemoi:

    it’s crazy but in 16th women wore dresses w/ revealing and no sleeves and in 20th they used to wear big dress which covered every single part of their body..

  • mayanchild:

    That is so odd as I too found her awful…way to many er’s & um’s it was the audio equivalent of watching someone stumbling down a lane, I had to turn the sound off.
    Looks like we maybe out numbered tho (40 thumbs up)…very strange.

  • lulu lala:

    who gives a F U C K !

  • charlottexq:

    Camilla’s family is of no consequence, the mother was from a family of common whores and the father was only a war substantive major in the army. In the 1970′ camilla over indulged in drink and conducted herself in a loud, crude, “robust” or rather uncouth and MANLIKE manner. Combined with whoring around with anything in trousers over many years & getting numerous STD’s was certainly not considered as “conducting herself in a gracious and pleasant manner” more like a VILE fishwife in a brothel!

  • cutemidget09:

    Heck, I would wear Princess Margaret’s dress even now!

  • Hayley F:

    omg agreed – her voice and “umnn” “ahh” “umnn”.

  • lvmykids1:

    that is strange because she is annoying me so much I had to shut it off.

  • lvmykids1:

    that is strange because she is annoying me so much I had to shut it off.

  • alexisluca26:

    Sadly, aside from a bit of history, I only remember that the narrator was wearing a miscellaneous red blouse and black skirt – the gowns were not the focus in this video

  • rougekohl:

    My grandmother would have itched to make her face towards the camera (it was a bit rude, the way she turned her face away like that), coughed whenever she had foghorns (sound fillers…uhmmm…uhmmm…uhmmm…) and carefully stopped her hands from fidgeting too much. Lolz.

  • scousechick87:

    not to kee on this woman’s accent, she makes me feel very common oh well. i like the video very informative

  • nauort23:

    Of the dresses shown here, I like Princess Alexandra of Kent’s, but I’ll always like Princess Anne’s 1973 autumn/winter wedding dress the best.

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  • hell0hkitty:

    what an irritating little woman…………

  • delta05:

    she is boring

  • cupcakefairy87:

    This video is just an ego trip for the presenter – you hardly saw any of the dresses, just brief flashes of them.

  • MsZathras:

    Dr Marschner did a great job and I was glad I watched. Would like to see a ‘part 2’ at some point where we can see the dresses a bit more – front and back. Perhaps a few pictures of the brides wearing the gowns. Wonder if they have the veils as well?

  • 10toria19:

    Lovely.

  • UglyBetty70:

    I love the silver dress..

  • nycdweller:

    I could listen to this woman talk all day – she has a very soothing voice.

  • CatMoves1:

    by Princess Charlotte, are you referring to the daughter of George, the Prince Regent (later George IV)? She married in May of 1816 and died in November of 1817, so the date could not have been 1826. Great video, tho’. Wish they could’ve shown
    some portraits/photos of the brides in the dresses.

  • anakmudajaman:

    I am very happy to see the vidoe from you, hopefully the others also are happy for You Dr Joanna Marschner reveals the style and symbolism of two centuries of royal wedding dresses. Find out what the dresses say about attitudes to royal marriage,

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