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.