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Royal and celebrity wedding dolls

A popular way for toy companies to commemorate a royal or megastar wedding is by making lifelike dolls of the bride and groom. Little girls, and not so little, love to collect these dolls as a permanent reminder of their idols' wedding day, and these pieces have become very collectable.

We have tracked down some royal and celebrity brides and grooms who have been immortalised in plastic. Do you know of any others? Do you collect these dolls? We would love to hear your comments!

See our article on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement and wedding dolls

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Grace Kelly Barbie Bride

Capturing every exquisite detail, Princess Grace of Monaco's wedding gown follows the fairytale ball gown silhouette of the 1950s, featuring a high-necked, fitted, long-sleeved gown with flower embroidery, a sweet row of pearly buttons down the front, flaring out into a full billowing skirt, with a long elegant lacy train and long lace-trimmed tulle veil.

Exclusively designed by Robert Best, the Grace Kelly Barbie Bride also carries a pretty lacy prayer book decorated with pearl in one hand, and a Lily of the Valley bouquet made of plastic in the other, while her glorious face is painted perfectly in soft delightful makeup for the occasion, with simple pearl earrings for an elegant and sophisticated final touch.

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Elvis and Priscilla Barbie dolls by Mattel, 2008

Fans forever can treasure the 1967 wedding of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu with these Barbie dolls by Mattel. Elvis wears a paisley jacquard suit with boutonniere and signature boots, and Priscilla glows in her gown of white chiffon and satin, with tiara and veil.

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The Princess Diana Bride Doll by Danbury Mint

"Princess Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty" (Earl Charles Spencer, 1997). This description was forever captured with the Princess Diana Bride Doll produced by Danbury Mint in 1987.

Apparently the Danbury Mint took painstaking measures to accurately reproduce this doll. They state "Every detail of this doll has been meticulously crafted-from her hand-styled blond coiffure to her magnificent gown of taffeta and embroidered lace. Her tiara and earrings have been authentically reproduced and each contains a real 1/2 point diamond. She has 2 layers of ivory netting on her veil. And her silk train is approx 70" in length. She is also carrying her beautiful recreation of her bridal bouquet in her hand as shown. This doll's head, arms and legs are made of fine bisque porcelain. Her complexion is hand-painted. She stands approx 19” tall, her train is approx 5 feet long."

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Princess Diana's Flowergirl Doll by Danbury Mint

Every little girl dreams of being a fairy tale princess, just like the beautiful Lady Diana. For five charming young girls, Wednesday, July 29, 1981 was the next best thing. This little flower girl, Clementine Hambro, is the great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill and Diana's cousin.

The doll measures 12". Every tiny detail about the outfit she wore as a five year old is on this doll, from the basket of flowers in her hands to the yellow ribbon around her waist and the floral circlet on her head. (Note: English brides do not have a flowergirl in the sense of the American custom. They usually have a group of bridesmaids chosen from a group of younger teens and small girls, with the eldest usually serving as chief bridesmaid. Little Clemmie really wasn't Diana's Flowergirl, she was Diana's most junior bridesmaid.)

 

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Princess Diana - Portrait Of A Bridal Princess by Franklin Mint

This remarkable 41 cm high vinyl portrait doll captures the radiant beauty and spirited personality of the unforgettable Diana. Her breathtaking wedding gown is fashioned of ivory-coloured taffeta, lovely ruffles and bows, gorgeous lace and creamy faux pearls. Complete with sweeping train and bouquet, this doll's sparkling earrings and tiara closely resemble Princess Diana's real ones.

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