The Queen’s wedding dress is the most expensive royal wedding dress – ‘a pretty savvy investment’
The Queen and Prince Philip married in 1947, two years after the end of World War II. Rationing was still in full swing, so the Queen’s Norman Hartwell wedding dress was paid for with rations. The British, delighted that their future monarch is getting married, donated their rations to the queen so that she could have the dress of her choice.
At the time, the rations used were worth £30,000. However, that sum in 2022 would be worth £1,200,000.
This research from wedding experts at Hitched looked at the cost of royal weddings over the past 70 years and what they would cost after inflation in 2022.
Zoe Burke, editor of Hitched, told Express.co.uk: “There’s no such thing as a royal wedding, and we’ve been truly blessed with some incredible ones over the past 70 years. last years.
“It’s amazing to think that the Queen paid for her iconic (and now very expensive) wedding dress with her ration coupons. It was a pretty wise investment.
“Spending on royal weddings has increased dramatically during the Queen’s reign as these events become country-wide celebrations with high expectations.
“The impact of a royal wedding however cannot be underestimated.
“We still see echoes of the royal brides of yesteryear in bridal fashion today, with puff sleeves, full ruffled skirts and sumptuous satin fabrics all over the bridal catwalks this year.
“It proves that these royal dresses were truly a timeless investment.”
UK royal weddings are considered some of the most expensive in the world, but are also among the most talked about for years to come.
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While the Queen married Prince Phillip in the most expensive wedding dress worth £1,200,000, who came in second?
Kate and William are second with the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress which is now worth £325,000.
Her Alexander McQueen dress was first bought in 2011 for £250,000.
But the dress is now worth around £325,000 in today’s money, or 30% inflation.
Princess Eugenie follows next, then Princess Diana and finally Meghan Markle.
Eugenie’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos dress, worth around £216,000 in 2022, has seen an 8% increase since buying it at £200,000 in 2018.
The most iconic of royal wedding dresses is Princess Diana’s Elizabeth and David Emanuel dress from 1981, with its infamous 25-foot train.
Worth around £11,000 at the time, this impressive couture piece is now worth around £151,000 in 2022, an increase in value of over 1,200%.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s Givenchy wedding dress was bought in 2018 for £110,000 but only fetched £120,000 in the four years since.