Finding the perfect wedding dress is an important decision for any bride, but when the eyes of the whole world are on you, that choice becomes all the more crucial. Months of effort went into ensuring that the details of the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, kept her gown a mystery to her groom, Prince William – not to mention the rest of the world! - before she walked down the aisle on April 29, 2011.
They were not disappointed. Dazzling millions of fans glued to their television sets, Kate was flawless in a vintage Alexander McQueen number customized by Sarah Burton. Since then, the Duchess has served as an inspiration for brides-to-be, as bridal designers continue to emulate the highly coveted, show-stopping gown.
And Kate was not the first royal bride to make a statement with her wedding dress. With its large puffed sleeves and enormous full skirt, Princess Diana’s gown arguably takes the cake as the most ornate and iconic royal wedding dress of all time.
Made of ivory silk and embellished with pearls, sequins and antique lace, the look was created by Welsh designer David Emanuel for the princess' 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. It was topped off with a spectacular 25-foot train – the longest in royal history.
Since it's been nine years since William and Kate tied the knot, here's a look back at some royal beauties who have wowed in their wedding gowns.