The Most Beautiful Princess Wedding Dresses Throughout History

When you come across the phrase princess wedding dress, a big poufy ball gown probably comes to mind, right? Well, based on our research, the actual princess wedding dresses throughout history aren't always of the poufy ball gown variety. While Princess Diana's wedding dress certainly put all poufy wedding dresses to shame (we'll refresh your memory of it below), most of the dresses worn by princesses over the years aren't actually very poufy at all. Alternatively, they run the gamut from slim, lace, and long-sleeved to off-the-shoulder and satin. You're probably familiar with a few of the below gowns (has anyone on this planet not seen Kate Middleton's dress a thousand times?), but many of the princess wedding dresses included below are significantly more under-the-radar.

Head below to see 19 stunning princess (and queen) gowns throughout history, from Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 to now.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 1947

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Designer: Norman Hartnell

Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, 1956

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Designer: Helen Rose

Princess Diana of Wales, 1981

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Designer: David and Elizabeth Emanuel

Princess Masako of Japan, 1993

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Designer: Hanae Mori

Princess (now Queen) Máxima of the Netherlands, 2002

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Designer: Valentino

Princess Letizia of Asturias (now Queen of Spain), 2004

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Designer: Manuel Pertegaz

Princess Mary of Denmark, 2004

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Designer: Uffe Frank

Princess (now Queen) Noor of Jordan, 2004

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Designer: Unknown

Princess Alexandra of Denmark, 2007

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Designer: Henrik Hviid

Duchess Catherine of Cambridge, 2011

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Designer: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Princess Victoria of Sweden, 2010

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Designer: Pär Engsheden

Princess Sophie of Prussia, 2011

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Designer: Wolfgang Joop

Princess Charlene of Monaco, 2011

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Designer: Giorgio Armani Privé

Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, 2011

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Designer: Henrik Hviid

Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, 2012

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Designer: Elie Saab

Princess Claire of Luxembourg, 2013

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Designer: Elie Saab

Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 2013

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Designer: Valentino

Princess Beatrice of Monaco, 2015

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Designer: Giorgio Armani Privé

Princess Sofia of Sweden, 2015

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Designer: Ida Sjöstedt

Next up, see the custom dress and veil worn by our newlywed editor

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