AceShowbiz - The excitement is building up for one of the most important events in the U.K. this year. With only mere hours left before Princess Eugenie weds Jack Brooksbank, attention is all on the soon-to-be-married couple. Prying eyes continue to dig up details about the tightly-guided preparations, from the wedding cake to the guest list.
Looking back to the last several royal weddings in the land of the Angles, each bride seemed to have full creative decision in choosing their wedding dress design and designer, and so likely will the 28-year-old princess. Known for her fashion sense, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson is believed to be putting much thought on her wedding dress to reflect her true self.
Still, the rules and traditions will serve as guidelines for the bride-to-be so she may not cross on what is considered appropriate by the palace. That leaves the question of how Princess Eugenie's gown will look like with in comparisons to several other wedding dresses in the modern history of monarchies. Therefore, let's take a look at the dresses from 21st century royal weddings in Europe, but not limited to England, which may become the source of inspiration for the future Mrs. Brooksbank.
Queen Letizia of Spain (2004)
Former journalist Letizia Ortiz married the future King of Spain, Felipe, in an off-white dress by Manuel Pertegaz featuring natural silks embroidered with silver and gold thread, high collar and a 15-foot train. Though a dramatic train will be the easiest way to get the glamorous feel for a royal wedding, Prince William's cousin may opt out of this, in favor of a more toned-down look since she is not a direct heir to the throne. Instead, a bold detail like what the Queen of Spain did with her high collar would be something Princess Eugenie wants to achieve on her nuptials.
Lady Rose Windsor (2008)
Lady Rose, the daughter of the Queen's cousin Duke of Gloucester, walked down the aisle in a white couture gown with a flowing frock and ruffle short sleeves to marry George Gilman. Sleeves is a must for a royal bride. But since playing safe is not Princess Eugenie's style, she could push boundaries and make a style statement similar to her mother Sarah Ferguson's iconic wedding dress with over-the-top sleeves.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (2010)
The heir to the throne of Sweden chose something classic yet stunning in an off-the-shoulder ivory silk Par Engsheden gown that was tight in the waist when she tied the knot with her former fitness instructor, Daniel Westling. Princess Eugenie sometimes isn't afraid to show off her curves, so a figure-hugging silhouette could be a choice for her wedding dress design. As for off-the-shoulder, Meghan Markle just recently brought this style for her wedding dress. Should Eugenie go for it, she could choose something playful for a completely different twist.
Charlene Wittstock of Monaco (2011)
South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock was every definition of elegant at her wedding to Prince Albert of Monaco. She wore an Armani Prive number adorned with 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother-of-pearl teardrops. As a royal by blood, Princess Eugenie deserves a similar luxurious treatment on her very special day, so royal family fans could expect something glittering from her wedding looks, whether it's her gown or her tiara.
Zara Phillips of England (2011)
Another granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall in a classic English A-line wedding dress created by Stewart Pavin, the Queen's couturier. Should Princess Eugenie follow in the footsteps of her cousin, she may opt for a simple yet classy design that still honors the palace tradition. A ball gown with a full skirt would still fit into this category.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (2011)
Kate Middleton nailed her wedding day looks with a stunning ivory Alexander McQueen gown by Sarah Burton. The lace bodice was totally in that year and complemented her feminine style. The V-neckline was a bit risky choice, but the long sleeves helped the Duchess of Cambridge maintain her modesty. As lace isn't dead yet and Princess Eugenie herself recently shared a "pre-wedding" photo that showed her wearing a lace Alberta Ferretti dress, her wedding gown may feature the fine open fabric, though she is likely to avoid comparison to Kate.
Stephanie de Lannoy of Luxembourg (2012)
The Belgian countess stunned in an ivory Elie Saab dress with a 13-foot long train and veil made of tulle when she married Prince Guillaume the heir to the throne of Luxembourg. The full floral embroidery made of silver thread, beads and pearls completed the regal looks, which couldn't be more apt for a princess. As a lover of floral patterns, Princess Eugenie may trade the beads and pearls for 3D floral embroidery to get the romantic feels with on-trend style.
Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein of Belgium (2014)
Elisabetta (a.k.a. Lili) was simply beautiful in a Valentino gown with a delicate lace collar, sheer sleeves and exquisite lace veil when she walked down the aisle with Prince Amedeo of England. Since her wedding ceremony will take place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Princess Eugenie's wedding dress should be standing out enough to be seen from a distance. A sweeping train or a big frock could give this dramatic effect that will fit the venue's grand rooms.
Beatrice Borromeo of Italy (2015)
Despite marrying Grace Kelly's grandson Pierre Casiraghi, who is also son of Caroline Princess of Hanover, Beatrice showed a fashion-forward look with her Giorgio Armani dress that featured a V-neckline and layered skirt for the lavish second ceremony. It was an apt choice for a celebration with guests like Lana Del Rey and Eva Herzigova, so it's a safe bet that Princess Eugenie may also go this route for her second dress.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex (2018)
While Princess Eugenie is expected to go with a safe choice for the wedding ceremony, she will likely make the most of her freedom during the second-day informal party. Meghan Markle, for example, surprised everyone with her sleeveless Stella McCartney gown for the wedding reception. Prince Harry's cousin may also show more skin during the party, though hers may not be as simple as Meghan's was.