Prince Andrew & Sarah's wedding attire

The marriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson - July 23, 1986

andrew_sarahThe bride’s dress

The Duchess of York wore an embroidered ivory silk gown with 17 ½-foot train, designed by London designer Lindka Cierach. Sarah’s dress was designed to express her love for Prince Andrew.

It was made in duchesse satin with a scooped neck, elaborate embroidery and bugle beads adorning the bodice, padded shoulders accentuated by bows, and a large bow at the bustle which flowed into a 17-foot-long train emblazoned with an “A” for Andrew, as well as Sarah’s personal coat of arms, which consisted of a bumble bee, an anchor which represented the groom’s career in the Royal Navy, and a rose.

The bride’s veil

For the wedding ceremony, Sarah’s veil was attached to a coronet of flowers, including perfumed gardenias, Andrew’s favorite flower. At the end of the ceremony, the flowers were removed to reveal a diamond tiara, lent to Sarah by the Queen. Sarah herself has said that: “I had stepped up as the country girl; I would walk back as a princess.”


The bride’s bouquet

Sarah carried an "S' shaped bouquet with cream lilies, pale yellow roses, gardenias, lilies of the valley and the traditional sprig of myrtle that features in all British royal wedding bouquets.

The attendants’ attire

The four bridesmaids, all children, wore pale peach ballerina length dresses trimmed in lace with ruffles and a bow at the back. The little girls carried wooden hoops festooned with flowers. Flowered wreaths tied with ribbons adorned their hair.

The four page boys, including the groom’s 4-year-old nephew Prince William, wore straw boater hats and outfits modeled on 1782 Royal Navy midshipmen’s uniforms.

prince_william attendants

The groom’s attire

The groom wore the ceremonial day dress of a naval lieutenant in the British Royal Navy, as did his supporter, his younger brother Prince Edward.

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