Prince Edward & Sophie's wedding attire

The marriage of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones - June 19, 1999

leaving_churchThe bride’s dress

Sophie wore a simple ivory silk and organza full-length long-sleeved dress-coat by designer Samantha Shaw. It was made of hand-dyed silk organza and hand-dyed silk crepe.

The detail on the dress consisted of rows of pearls and crystal beading around the neck, sleeves and train, with further beading down the back and front. In total, 325,000 cut-glass and pearl beads were sewn on the corseted v-neck dress.

The bride’s veil, tiara, jewelry and bouquet

The full-length veil was one inch longer than the cathedral length train. It was made of hand-dyed silk tulle, and hand-finished with spotted crystal detail.

Sophie wore a diamond tiara from the Queen's private collection, designed and remodeled by the Crown Jeweler Asprey and Garrard.


Prince Edward designed a black-and-white pearl necklace and matching drop earrings as a wedding gift for his bride, which was made by the Crown Jeweler Asprey and Garrard.

The Countess carried a shower bouquet of ivory garden roses, scented stephanotis, lily of the valley and ivory freesia.

bridesmaid_pageThe attendants

The two young bridesmaids wore silk taffeta long-sleeved fitted tops gathered at the waist, with covered buttons at the back and ruched ivory chiffon sashes, also designed by Samantha Shaw.

They wore silk velvet tunics in navy blue over dresses with silk crepe lining, and piping around the edges, and with gold braid frogging with a tassel finish, with plain white tights and ballet shoes.

The bridesmaids carried tied bunches of heavily-perfumed flowers, gathered together in an informal design with ivory ribbon.


The two pageboys wore ivory silk taffeta long-sleeved shirts with covered buttons at the front, navy velvet knickerbockers with brass-button details and taffeta cummerbunds, also designed by Samantha Shaw.

They also wore velvet tunics, similar to the girls' tunics except with Nehru collars, white tights and black buckled patent shoes.

The groom’s attire



Prince Edward wore formal morning dress with a waistcoat specially-made for the wedding by John Kent.

He also wore an 18 carat yellow-gold Hunter pocket watch on an 18 carat yellow gold chain, a personal wedding gift from his bride.

The groom's supporter, the royal equivalent of his best man, was his older brother Prince Andrew.

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