Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: The Most Expensive Royal Weddings Ever

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in a lavish affair in May 2018. With every royal wedding comes a royal price tag and their big event was no different.

Here’s a look at some of the other priciest royal weddings ever from the least to most costly. Click through to see where Harry’s brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, rank compared to his parents, Prince Charles and Diana.

7. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland pose after their wedding in Storkyrkan Church on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland pose after their wedding. | Jonas Ekstromer/ Pool/Getty Images

Wedding cost: $3 million

This pair certainly aren’t the most famous of all the royals, but Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling still spent a healthy amount of around $3 million when they said “I do” in 2010.

The princess married her fitness trainer in a wedding that was dubbed by many as the biggest since Prince Charles and Diana’s. The royal and Westling said their vows at the Stockholm Cathedral in front of family and friends, which included six kings and nine queens.

6. Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller

Princess Marie-Chantal on her wedding day.

Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller enjoyed an expensive wedding. | Royal Fashion Channel via YouTube

Wedding cost: $7 million

The Crown Prince Palvos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller were married in 1995 during a lavish affair that cost upwards of $7 million in today’s dollars.

The bride wore a custom-made Valentino gown that required 12 types of lace and took four months to create. Royal watchers noted that the dress alone cost more than $225,000.

5. King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano

Prince Felipe of Spain in a limo with his wife on his wedding day.

King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano celebrated in royal style. | Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

Wedding cost: over $25 million

In November 2003, then-Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano announced their engagement, and on May 22, 2004, the former news anchor and prince wed in a celebration at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral. The entire church was decorated with millions of flowers and the price tag was also in the millions; costing over $25 million.

The wedding was attended by a number of other royals from all over, including Prince Charles, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

4. Prince William and Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day.

Prince William and Kate Middleton had to hire plenty of security for their wedding. |  Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Wedding cost: $34 million

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 made our list as one of the most expensive with a steep price tag of about $34 million.

The beautiful ceremony, watched by millions around the world, took place at Westminster Abbey and was followed by a parade of Britain’s future king and his new bride in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of London. As extravagant as that may have been it wasn’t why the price was so high. The reason for such a hefty cost was due to security, which reportedly took up about $32 million of that.

3. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock

The royal couple waves at their guests not heir wedding day as they make an appearance together.

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock threw a lavish wedding. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Wedding cost: $65 million

Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock‘s nuptials a few months after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s cost almost double at a reported $65 million. However, the prince and former Olympic swimmer (now Princess Charlene) did have two weddings over the course of as many days.

Designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani were on the guest list ,as well as politicians like Nicolas Sarkozy, who served as the president of France.

2. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama

Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stands while greeting guests at an event.

Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s wedding cost millions. | NMTV India

Wedding cost: $100 million

One of the most expensive weddings in modern-day history was the 1981 union between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Princess Salama. No expense was spared for the crown prince of Abu Dhabi as it costs a staggering $100 million in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The wedding was a seven-day long celebration which brought in many ambassadors and royals from other Arab and African nations, all who were flown in on 34 private jets.

So, who’s wedding could possibly top $100 million? The one that was dubbed the “wedding of the century” of course.

1. Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

Princess Diana and Prince Charles kiss on their wedding day.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding was an unforgettable affair. | Getty Images

Wedding cost: $110 million

Yes, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer‘s union that same year cost a whopping $110 million in today’s dollars, although some estimates put it closer to $70 million. Either way, it was definitely the most extravagant of all the royal affairs.

Lady Diana’s dress had a 25-foot train, and the couple and their guests enjoyed a five-foot-high wedding cake. But hey, when over 750 million eyes around globe are watching and you have millions to spend, you can be flashy.

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