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These Are the Most Lavish Royal Weddings in History

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21. Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah and Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini
> Date: September 20, 2012

In a wedding that cost an estimated $20 million to $35 million, the Princess of Brunei married her husband in the throne hall of the Istana Nurul Iman, her family’s 1,700-room palace. The princess wore a crystal-beaded gown and was escorted by 16 royal guards. Her father, the Sultan of Brunei, is known for his excessive spending, and supposedly owns over 600 Rolls Royces.

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22. Prince Abdul Malik and Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah
> Date: April 5, 2015

The wedding of the Sultan of Brunei’s youngest son cost about $30 million. While both the bride and groom wore diamond-encrusted traditional attire, the bride also carried a bouquet of gems instead of flowers, donned a diamond and emerald tiara and necklace, and wore gold anklets and crystal-studded heels. The wedding celebration lasted 11 days, beginning with a symbolic marriage proposal ceremony, then an anointing ceremony where the bride and groom were blessed with oils and powders, and a gifting ceremony. After the wedding, the bride changed into equally extravagant attire featuring rubies instead of emeralds.

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23. Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden and Sophia Hellqvist
> Date: June 13, 2015

Unique among royal wedding cakes was the colorful dessert of Prince Carl Philip and Sophia Hellqvist, which was filled with pop rocks. Sophia’s dress was silk crepe layered over silk organza and lined with lace, and her tulle veil was hand-embroidered with cotton lace. After the ceremony, which took place at the royal chapel in Stockholm, the newlyweds took a coach ride through the streets to greet spectators, then attended a dinner featuring asparagus in elderflower juice, grilled scallops, and perch with crème fraîche and smoked butter.

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24. Lady Charlotte Wellesley and Alejandro Santo Domingo
> Date: May 28, 2016

Though Charlotte Wellesley is the daughter of the Duke of Wellington, her wedding to billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo is what made her one of the wealthiest people in Britain. Held at the World Heritage site the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, her wedding cost $6 million. Charlotte wore an off-the-shoulder dress designed by Emilia Wickham and a long polka-dot embroidered veil. The reception was held nearby at her father’s 2,400-acre estate.

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25. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
> Date: May 19, 2018

Not unlike William and Kate’s wedding, Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle required tens of millions of dollars for safety and security. The total cost is estimated at $42 million, with almost $38 million of that spent on security measures. Meghan’s dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, cost about $508,000, and she wore a vintage diamond tiara once owned by Queen Mary. After the ceremony, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex greeted spectators from a carriage procession and attended multiple receptions.