PHOTOS: Over 60 Years of British Royal Weddings

June 19, 1999: Prince Edward Marries Sophie Rhys-Jones


People Magazine once scoffed that Sophie and Edward’s nuptials “seemed designed to prove the royals really aren’t so different from the rest of us.” While certainly less ostentatious than previous royal weddings, the day did not lack for elegant touches. As BBC News noted, “The dress, by designer Samantha Shaw, consisted of a long, fitted coat with long sleeves and an ivory train, made from hand-dyed silk organza and hand-dyed silk crepe, with rows of pearls and crystal beading. In total, 325,000 cut-glass and pearl beads went into its design.”

The ceremony was held at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor instead of Westminister Abbey, and hats were banned. The Queen Mother, however, disobeyed the orders and broke out her lavender chapeau. Fierce.

And yes, the Countess and Earl of Wessex, as they were so titled, are still married to this day.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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