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The finest royal wedding shoes of all time

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While all eyes might be on the incredible dress and the glittering tiara during a royal wedding, there’s often one detail we overlook, the bride’s wedding shoes of choice.

From painstakingly hand-crafted couture designs with intricate details almost invisible to the naked eye to low-key high street heels, over the years there really has been some iconic footwear from royal weddings. Who needs Cinderella when you have all this blue-blooded shoe inspiration?

  • Diana, Princess of Wales

    Diana, Princess of Wales

    Alongside her David Emanuel dress, Princess Diana’s wedding shoes were just as head-turning. They were designed by celebrity shoemaker Clive Shilton and Diana was reportedly conscious not to appear taller than her husband-to-be so chose a pair of satin and lace slippers, with a low-heel, intricately decorated with 500 sequins, 100 seed pearls and suede sole arches with a small ‘C’ and ‘D’ painted under the heel, with a heart added between the initials.

  • The Queen

    The Queen

    When Princess Elizabeth (later The Queen) married Prince Philip in 1947, she teamed her Norman Hartnell-designed duchesse-satin wedding dress with a pair of matching satin sandals. The crisscrossed sandals were trimmed with silver and seed pearl to complement the 10,000 pearls that were embellished onto her dress.

  • Princess Grace of Monaco

    Princess Grace of Monaco

    When Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in 1956, she turned to David Evins, one of America’s top footwear designers at the time, to create a pair of custom-made pumps. The shoes featured rounded toes and 2½ inch heels, with lace motifs and a rosette on the top embellished with seed pearls and clear glass beads. And for good luck, a copper penny was encased in the right shoe.

  • The Duchess of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge

    We didn’t really get much of a glimpse of Kate Middleton’s wedding shoes under that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress but during a 2011 exhibition at Buckingham Palace later that year, they were revealed to be a elegant ivory lace, hand-stitched round-toed courts also by McQueen.

  • The Duchess of Cornwall

    The Duchess of Cornwall

    When Camilla Parker Bowles married Prince Charles in 2005, the low-key wedding saw the bride choose a simple pair of grey silk courts from LK Bennett to match her elegant Robinson Valentine dress and coat.

  • The Duchess of Sussex

    The Duchess of Sussex

    We were lucky to see both sets of wedding shoes worn by Meghan Markle on her 2018 wedding day. For her Windsor chapel ceremony, she wore a pair of classic court silk duchess-satin shoes based on a couture design from Givenchy, the same label behind her dress. For the evening reception at Frogmore, Meghan changed into a pair of bespoke Aquazzurra heels with a pale blue sole.

  • Princess Eugenie

    Princess Eugenie

    When she said ‘I do’ to Jack Brooksbank in 2018, Princess Eugenie wore a pair of peep-toe, block-heeled textured ivory courts by Charlotte Olympia to match her Peter Pilotto wedding dress.

  • The Countess of Wessex

    The Countess of Wessex

    Sophie Rhys-Jones tied the knot with Prince Edward in 1999 wearing a Samantha Shaw gown teamed with a chic pair of silk-crepe white pointed courts by Gina.

  • Princess Beatrice

    Princess Beatrice

    Princess Beatrice’s 2020 pandemic wedding saw her famously borrowing one of the Queen’s Norman Hartnell dresses and she embraced the sustainable theme with her shoes too, re-wearing a pair of champagne-hued embellished Valentino heels that she first slipped into for Kate and Will’s 2011 nuptials.

  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden

    Princess Madeleine of Sweden

    Princess Madeleine of Sweden married Christopher O’Neill in 2013 wearing a stunning pair of pointed-toe white mesh pumps by Valentino, who was also the designer behind her couture dress.

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