Royal Wedding Hairstyles Fit For A Queen
When it comes to a royal wedding, it’s all about glam, whether a person is a bride or not. That means everything, including the hair, is pristine and done to the standards of, well, a queen! Of course, some hairstyles are more iconic than others, such as Princess Eugenie’s updo-crown combo, sans veil.
From loose curls to massive ballerina buns, here are some of the best royal wedding hairstyles.
Kate Middleton’s Non-Traditional Half-Down Style
Traditionally speaking, royals prefer brides to wear their hair in an updo style. However, Duchess Kate Middleton decided to go against tradition for her wedding day, choosing a half-up half-down look with flowing curls.
According to royal reporter Ashley Pearson, “[it’s] her favorite way to wear it, and actually William’s favorite as well. They ended up compromising on her look.”
Princess Beatrice Combined Simple Hair With Vintage Attire
For her wedding in 2020, Princess Beatrice combined a simple half-up and half-down hairstyle with a vintage dress and tiara for her wedding.
The vintage Norman Hartnell gown had been worn on more than one occasion by Queen Elizabeth II, while the Queen also wore the Fringe Tiara on her wedding day!
Princess Diana And The Iconic “Princess Di Cut”
Princess Diana unknowingly created a hairstyle during her wedding to Prince Charles. Styled by Kevin Shanley, the “Princess Di Cut” was a shaggy-looking side-swept bob that accentuated her features.
During an interview, Shanley said, “I thought she’d look great with short hair, and that’s what we eventually agreed upon.” The style worked out and became one of the leading hairstyles during the 80s.
Queen Elizabeth Went Full-On ’20s Flapper
The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth, was married in 1923 and went full-on flapper with her entire style, including her hair! Her hair was styled in a short bob with finger waves, a popular trend at the time.
She even wore a veil cinched with York roses and myrtle to complete the flapper look.
Pippa Middleton’s Iconic Curls For Her Sister’s Wedding
Pippa Middleton became the world’s most famous bridesmaid during her sister Duchess Kate Middleton’s wedding. Aside from her breathtaking gown, Pippa’s hair was the talk of the world.
A half-up half-down style, her hair was curled to perfection and fastened with a floral hairpiece. It was a simple yet stunning look.
Laura Lopes Wore A Loose Braid
Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall’s daughter Laura Lopes, was married in 2006 and looked gorgeous with a non-traditional hairstyle. Lopes opted for a loose braid for her tiara to sit upon instead of going with a traditional updo.
The tiara was the same one her mother wore during her first wedding.
Amal Clooney’s Soft Curls Under A Sunburst Yellow Hat
When attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, Amal Clooney pulled out all of the stops with her appearance. A radiant beauty, Amal wore a yellow sunburst dress and matching hat perched on top of long loose curls.
She looked bright and elegant and ready for a royal wedding!
Princess Margaret Opted For A Voluminous Bouffant Style
Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong Jones in 1960, and her hair is definitely a product of the times! She decided to go for something romantic, choosing to style her hair in a voluminous bouffant with curls framing her face, a popular look in the ’50s and ’60s.
The look was the perfect setting for the Poltimore Tiara on top of her head.
Princess Eugenie Let Her Family Tiara Shine
In 2018, Princess Eugenie stunned spectators with her gorgeous look as she married Jack Brooksbank. Using London hairstylist Sonnie Jo Macfarlan, the princess went with a beautiful chignon updo with face-framing curls, flawlessly displaying her family crown.
Noticeably absent from her style was a veil, a very interesting wedding choice for a royal.
Meghan Markle’s Messy Bun
For her 2018 wedding, Meghan Markle decided to go with her trademark messy bun, giving it a royal twist with a tiara and veil combination. Celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant created the timeless look for the Duchess’s big day.
During an interview with People, the stylist said, “I just wanted a loose and easy look.” And it only took 45 minutes!
Princess Anne And That Volume
Princess Anne married Mark Philips in 1973 and very well may have used up all of England’s hairspray for her big day. Princess Anne opted for a voluminous updo on her wedding day to showcase the Fringe Tiara worn by her mother, Queen Elizabeth.
The hairstyle paired perfectly with her Tudor-style gown.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Timeless Look
When it came time for Queen Elizabeth II to walk down the aisle in 1947, she did not stray from royal hairstyle tradition. The now-Queen graced her big day with a classic-looking full-body updo that fell just above her shoulders.
Paired with a pearl necklace and sparkling earrings, the Queen looked absolutely timeless.
Carey Mulligan’s Updo And Feather Accent
Two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan attended Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018, and she looked beyond star worthy.
Knocking her look out of the park, Mulligan decided on a simple updo for the big day, complete with a feather accent in the back and loose curls to frame her face.
Princess Caroline Brought A Little Boho To Her Big Day
Growing up on the small Mediterranean island of Monaco, it’s only fitting that Princess Caroline of Hanover decided to emulate her bohemian side during her wedding to her first husband, Philippe Junot.
To go with her flowing Marc Bohan for Christian Dior gown and wildflower bouquet, the princess went with a daring middle part and a sweeping updo fastened at the base of her neck. Of course, what’s a bohemian princess without some flowers in her hair!
Princess Rania Went For A Ballerina Look With A Royal Twist
Then-Princess Rania of Jordan looked like an absolute dream on her wedding day, wearing a white and gold silk embellished dress by British designer Bruce Oldfield with a matching hairpiece.
And, honestly, it’s all about the hairpiece. Matching the Princess’s dress, the silk band secured an elaborately braided ballerina bun. Princess Rainia was nothing short of stunning on her big day.
Grace Kelly Brought In A Hollywood Professional
Actress Grace Kelly was not leaving just anyone in charge of her hair on her wedding day. Instead, she decided to bring in the big guns, a Hollywood stylist known and trusted throughout the film industry, Sydney Guilaroff.
And Guilaroff did not disappoint. The stylist brought the Golden Age of Hollywood to Monaco, sweeping Kelly’s hair back into a sleek updo to complement her elaborate headpiece and veil.
Princess Sofia Hellqvist’s Chic Updo
For her marriage to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Princess Sofia decided to go a bit traditional, but with a twist when it came to her tiara selection.
She wore a chic and elegant twisted updo at the base of her neck, the perfect setting for the stunning tiara she wore — a delicate-looking piece topped with emeralds!
Princess Claire’s Intricately Braided Chignon
Princess Claire of Luxembourg married Prince Felix in 2013 and looked absolutely stunning. Bypassing her stunning lace gown and going straight to her hair, the Princess opted for traditional yet intricate.
Instead of a basic chignon, Princess Claire had an intricately braided bun on the base of her neck, the perfect finish for her delicate gown and veil.
Victoria Beckham’s Sleek Ponytail
Victoria Beckham brought her chic style to the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in 2018. Posh Spice decided on a slicked-back low ponytail to go with her navy blue midi dress, complete with face-framing strands.
To complete the hairstyle, Beckham wore a navy fascinator hat with a short veil in the front.
Sarah Ferguson’s Hair Was All 80s
Sarah Ferguson knew what decade it was when she chose her wedding hairstyle for her marriage to Prince Andrew in 1986. Her hair was all-out curls in a half-up half-down style with wispy bangs; a very ’80s look!
She completed the look with the York tiara and a voluminous veil to match her puffy-sleeved dress.