9 behind-the-scenes royal wedding photos: From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Official royal wedding photos are a rite of passage, but there are also pictures of the moments that the royal family would rather keep private. The moments where, just like us, they try to calm their nerves before walking down the aisle, where the bride reveals her dress for the first time, or where the newlywed couple stop to take a minute and embrace the occasion. Here, we’ve hunted them down to bring you the most beautiful shots, from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s inside preparations, to Princess Diana and Prince Charles‘ wedding rehearsal.

SEE: 11 hilarious royal wedding moments caught on camera

1. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

WATCH: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share behind-the-scenes wedding photos

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated their first wedding anniversary on 19 May 2019, Sussex Royal shared a compilation of photos in a video. The couple are seen signing their marriage license, Harry heads down the stairs once he is ready to head off to the venue, and Meghan shares an intimate moment with her mother Doria Ragland. 

MORE: All the official photographs from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day

2. Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana married Prince Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981, before heading to Buckingham Palace for the wedding reception. Diana was photographed behind-the-scenes as she reassured her five-year-old bridesmaid Clementine Hambro not to be nervous, with the Queen standing close by.

SEE: 3 videos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding that never saw the light of day

3. Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles after their wedding rehearsal

Photos were also taken at Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding rehearsal on 27 July 1981. Here, Princess Diana and Charles are seen leaving St Paul’s Cathedral with Prince Andrew following the couple outside.

4. Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry after Kate and Prince William’s wedding rehearsal

Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, and the couple attended a private rehearsal a day ahead of the ceremony. Naturally, Kate looked radiant as ever as she was photographed outside with Prince Harry.

5. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

 

The Swedish royal family recently released a series of wedding photos from Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel‘s nuptials on their tenth anniversary. The collection included one behind-the-scenes shot of the couple embracing behind the doors to their reception, before entering and joining guests.

8. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden released ten behind-the-scenes images of their wedding day at Stockholm’s Royal Chapel to mark their fifth anniversary on 13 June 2020. The beautiful series included Carl Philip getting ready and Sofia taking a selfie with her father.

9. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston

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When Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel on 18 May 2019, Gabriella’s cousin shared a collection of inside photos from the day on social media. This included a snap of Gabriella cutting the cake.

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