Meghan Markle made 'political' wedding choices says expert
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The royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William received 162 million viewers worldwide in April 2011. Then in 2018, the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received 1.9 billion viewers worldwide. It would be expected that the future King of England’s wedding, and Prince Harry’s weddings would be the two most popular royal weddings of all time.
However, Express.co.uk can exclusively reveal it is actually Princess Margaret’s wedding from 1960 that is the most Googled royal wedding of all time.
Creative resource Design Bundles spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the most popular royal weddings and revealed the top ten most Googled royal weddings in the UK.
A spokesperson for Design Bundles, which conducted the research, told Express.co.uk: “It’s fascinating when you consider how much the royal weddings of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have dominated the headlines over the past decade, that Princess Margaret’s wedding actually gets the most search interest of all.
“The UK clearly have as much interest in the royal traditions of the past as they do in royal fashion and culture today.”
According to the research, Princess Margaret’s wedding is the UK’s most Googled royal wedding, pulling in 12,000 searches a month.
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‘Princess Margaret wedding’ brings in more than double the searches of Meghan Markle’s wedding, and triple those of Kate Middleton’s.
Princess Margaret’s wedding, which took place in Westminster Abbey to Antony Armstrong-Jones, fetches 12,000 searches a month.
Meghan Markle’s, on the other hand, only brings in 4,400 searches, while the Duchess of Cambridge brings in 3,600 searches.
Margaret’s ceremony, which saw her dressed in a white organza gown by Norman Hartnell, and adorned with the diamond-encrusted Poltimore tiara, pulls in nearly triple the average searches of all ten royal weddings.
It is estimated to have cost £168,700 in today’s money.
The UK’s second most Googled royal wedding is Queen Elizabeth II’s, which pulls in 10,000 searches a month, double the average searches for all ten royal weddings on the list.
The Queen, who met her future husband, Prince Philip, aged 13, married two years after World War II ended, although she was given an extra 200 clothing coupons from the government for her dress.
She wore an ivory silk gown embroidered with thousands of seed pearls.
Princess Beatrice’s wedding is the third most Googled royal wedding on the list, with 6,600 searches a month, putting her ahead of her sister Princess Eugenie, whose wedding came in sixth place.
Princess Beatrice’s wedding, a privately-funded affair that took place during the coronavirus restrictions in July 2020, was “characterised by elegant frugality,” according to the spokesperson for Design Bundles.
They said: “From the exquisite ivory peau de soie taffeta gown borrowed from her grandmother, The Queen, to the tiara also borrowed from Her Majesty, Beatrice’s wedding was characterised by elegant frugality.”
Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, watched by 1.9 billion people, is also high on the list of most Googled royal weddings, with 4,400 searches a year.
The ceremony, reported to cost £32 billion, featured Meghan in a white Givenchy gown with a now-famous bateau neckline, and a graceful train complete with a triple silk organza underskirt.
Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William was very popular, as it was the marriage ceremony of the future King of England, and receives over 3,500 searches a month.
The ceremony saw Prince William in full military dress and Kate adorned with an Alexander McQueen dress featuring a Victorian-inspired corset-style bodice, elegant lace applique on the skirt and sleeves and a 25-foot train.
Other royals to make the top ten include Grace Kelly, who receives 1,600 monthly searches and Zara Tindall, who also receives 1,600 monthly searches.
The Duchess of Cornwall was the final royal lady on Design Bundles’ list, receiving an average of 1,300 searches per month.
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