How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Differs from Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's

There have been many royal wedding dresses throughout the years, and predictably, no two are anywhere near the same. Despite the strictness of royal fashion rules that govern the way the British royals choose what to wear, the bridal gown does offer the opportunity for variety, even if it is steeped in rich tradition.

It makes it all the more interesting, then, to spotlight what royal brides choose to wear on their special days, and in recent years, we've been privy to many opportunities to do so. Kate Middleton wore her traditionally cut satin and lace Alexander McQueen dress. Meghan Markle instead went with a silk Givenchy number with three-quarter-length sleeves and a boat neckline. And now, just a few months after Markle, Princess Eugenie had a fairytale royal wedding dress moment of her own, stepping out in Peter Pilotto off-the-shoulder gown with a long train.

One major difference that stands out? While both Kate's and Meghan's looks featured long (and symbolic) veils, Princess Eugenie opted against the traditional piece.

Their dresses' distinct similarities and differences give insight into their individual tastes and personalities.

Princess Eugenie, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle
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Princess Eugenie
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Of course, some of this was predicted beforehand. Celebrity stylist Katharine Polk explained to InStyle why she felt Eugenie wouldn't necessarily feel the need to be as traditional with her wedding gown as Meghan Markle was during her ceremony.

"Given her royal title, Princess Eugenie will have to play it relatively safe during the ceremony. Although I don’t think she will be as cautious as Meghan was during her church service, I still think she will opt for something traditional," Polk said a few weeks back. "It is after the ceremony that I foresee her unleashing her inner fashionista with a more modern and contemporary second dress."

Now that we can see the dress for ourselves, it only adds to the fun. And with yet another royal wedding around the corner in 2019, the extravagant dresses will just keep on coming.

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