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The Royal 2010s: Royal Weddings


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Today, we continue looking back at the royal decade with the biggest royal weddings in Europe.

United Kingdom

Prince William and Catherine Middleton – 29 April 2011

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Prince William married his university sweetheart, Kate Middleton, after a nearly decade-long relationship, in Westminster Abbey in 2011.

Upon their marriage, they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and now have three children: Prince George, born in 2013, Princess Charlotte, born in 2015, and Prince Louis, born in 2018.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – 30 July 2011

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Zara Phillips, the only daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, married her rugby player boyfriend, Mike Tindall, on 30 July at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. The couple do not carry out official engagements on behalf of The Queen and therefore have continued with their athletic careers.

Zara and Mike have two daughters, Mia, born in 2014, and Lena, born in 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – 18 May 2018

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Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle on 18 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Meghan became the first biracial woman to marry into the British Royal Family

Upon their marriage, they became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and have one son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born in 2019.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – 12 October 2018

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Princess Eugenie of York, the youngest daughter of The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, announced her engagement to long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in January 2018. They were married on 12 October of that year at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling – 19 June 2010

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Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria married her long-time love, Daniel Westling, on 19 June 2010 in Stockholm Cathedral, in the first royal wedding of the decade. Their wedding took place on King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 34th wedding anniversary.

The Crown Princess couple now have two children, Princess Estelle, born in 2012, and Prince Oscar, born in 2016.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill – 8 June 2013

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On 8 June 2013, the younger daughter and youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia married her British-American beau, financier Christopher O’Neill in the Royal Palace Chapel in Stockholm. After their wedding, Christopher did not accept a title from his father-in-law, and Princess Madeleine did not elect to take her new husband’s name, therefore she retains her royal status.

The couple have three children, Princess Leonore, born in 2014, Prince Nicolas, born in 2015, and Princess Adrienne, born in 2018.

Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist – 13 June 2015

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Prince Carl Philip, the only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, announced his engagement to Sofia Hellqvist, a former model and celebrity, in 2014. They were married a year later in the Royal Chapel in Stockholm.

The couple have two sons, Prince Alexander, born in 2016, and Prince Gabriel, born in 2017.

Monaco

Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock – 1 and 2 July 2011

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The Sovereign Prince of Monaco married his long-time South African girlfriend, Charlene Wittstock, on 1 and 2 July 2011. The royal couple are both Olympians, Prince Albert having competed with the Monaco bobsled team and Princess Charlene having been a swimmer. Their marriage made Princess Charlene the Princess of Monaco.

The couple have twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, who were born in 2014.

Luxembourg

Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke and Stéphanie de Lannoy – 19 and 20 October 2012

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Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume married his Belgian-born girlfriend, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in late October 2012. He was the last heir apparent in Europe to marry.

The couple were married at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City on 20 October (their civil ceremony took place the day prior and was conducted by the Mayor of Luxembourg). The couple are expecting their first child in May 2020.

Prince Félix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher – 17 and 22 September 2013

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Prince Félix of Luxembourg married his German girlfriend, Claire Lademacher, in September 2013 in ceremonies taking place in Germany and at the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France. They currently live in Frankfurt, Germany, while they conduct their careers and undertake royal engagements.

The couple has two children: Princess Amalia, born in 2014, and Prince Liam, born in 2016.



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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.