To find out which senior royal couple were most pleasing to watch on the day they became man and wife, vote in the Expess.co.uk poll below. While Prince Harry and Meghan’s May 19, 2018 wedding drew similarities to Prince William and Kate’s day, the two brides chose very different gowns and did not opt for the same venue. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attracted a lot of attention in the US, as it was the first time an American married into the royal family since Wallis Simpson married Edward VIII.
The couple were non-traditional in many respects, with Harry never having met his future wife’s father and Meghan having lived in Britain for less than a year before tying the knot.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in contrast, had been been dating since their university days and had met each other’s families on numerous occasions.
William is said to be close to his in-laws, the Middletons, and had arranged for his future bride Kate to meet the Queen three years before she was welcomed into the family at Westminster Abbey on 29 April, 2011.
An estimated 29.2 million TV viewers watched Meghan walk down the aisle of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
William and Kate’s televised ceremony drew in 22.8 million viewers.
The ratings were small compared to the princes’ parents nuptials in July 1981, dubbed the “wedding of the century”.
A record 750 million people around the globe watched history unfold as the future king, Prince Charles, recited his vows to his young bride, Lady Diana, at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981.
The Prince and Princess of Wales’ wedding came five years before Prince Andrew married Sarah, the Duchess of York, at Westminster Abbey, on July 23, 1986, watched by 500 million TV viewers.
Other notable royal weddings over the past half a century include that of the Queen’s only daughter Princess Anne to her beau Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey on November 14, 1973.
The pair, who bonded over their love of horses went their separate ways in 1992, four years before Charles and Diana were officially divorced.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s youngest son, Prince Edward, married Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999.
And last year Princess Eugenie opted for the same royal venue when she became Jack Brooksbank’s wife on October 12.
Among the more low-key royal nuptials took place on April 9, 2005 when Charles wed Camilla at Windsor Guildhall.