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These Are the Most Lavish Royal Weddings in History

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16. Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden
> Date: June 19, 2010

Princess Victoria married her fitness trainer, Daniel Westling, against the wishes of her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf. An estimated 250,000 people lined the streets, which were decorated with flowers, to witness the marriage. Victoria’s duchess silk dress, designed by Swedish designer Pär Engsheden, had a 15-foot train. The couple’s cake, a gift from Sweden’s Association of Bakers and Confectioners, weighed 550 pounds, and had 11 tiers, all shaped like four-leaf clovers.

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17. Prince Nikolaos and Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik
> Date: August 25, 2010

Held on the island of Spetses, Greece, the wedding of Prince Nikolaus to Venezuelan-born Tatiana Ellinka Blatnik featured a horse-drawn carriage, sea-themed bridesmaids’ gowns, boat horns, and a seaside dinner of champagne risotto, beef tagliata, and a pavlova meringue cake with fresh fruit and Chantilly cream. Tatiana’s dress, designed by fellow Venezuelan Angel Sanchez, was fashioned out of 131 feet of French lace.

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18. Prince William and Kate Middleton
> Date: April 29, 2011

This Westminster Abbey wedding is estimated to have cost $34 million, with a whopping $32 million possibly spent just on security. Kate’s dress, designed by Sarah Burton of the fashion label Alexander McQueen, was another major expense at $434,000.

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19. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock
> Date: July 2, 2011

Grace Kelly’s son, Prince Albert II, married Charlene Wittstock, a South African swimmer, in two ceremonies held a day apart — one civil and one religious. Charlene’s dress, embroidered with crystals and mother of pearl, took over 2,500 hours to create. Costing over $55 million, the wedding celebration was overshadowed by Charlene’s multiple attempts to flee Monaco for South Africa before the ceremonies, amid rumors of a child fathered by Albert during their courtship.

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20. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema
> Date: October 13, 2011

The Dragon King of Bhutan’s 2011 wedding to Jetsun Pema cost an estimated $17 million, but the whole populace was invited to the party. The country declared a three-day holiday in honor of the marriage, for which the king provided a huge traditional lunch buffet for the public, along with music and dance performances. The Buddhist wedding ceremony took place in the king’s 17th-century fortress; the king descended from his throne wearing a red raven crown to meet his bride, who donned a traditional wraparound skirt and embroidered sash.