These Scandalous Royal Wedding Moments Will Probably Never Be Forgotten

Considering the millions of dollars spent and the millions of eyes watching, you’d expect every royal wedding to go without a hitch. And yet everyone from Prince Charles to Princess Eugenie has suffered the odd mishap or two. And it turns out that the wedding faux pas is a long-standing family tradition.

40. Prince William’s sleep deprivation

The royal wedding is an exhausting enough process even on a full night’s sleep. So, spare a thought for Prince William, who supposedly got hitched to Kate Middleton in 2011 on just 30 minutes of shut-eye. The future king was apparently kept awake by well-wishers outside his Clarence House room who’d been chanting for much of the evening before.

39. The snub to Fergie

One notable absentee at William and Kate’s wedding was the groom’s aunt. But Sarah Ferguson didn’t snub the ceremony. She hadn’t even received an invitation. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former royal recalled, “It was so difficult because I wanted to be there with my girls and to be getting them dressed and to go as a family. And also it was so hard because the last bride up that aisle was me.”

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38. Prince William’s ring struggle

Approximately two billion people are said to have watched Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials. Unfortunately for the future king, that meant that two billion people also saw him struggle to place the bride’s wedding ring on her finger. Having shed some weight before the ceremony, Kate had requested a smaller engagement ring than the one that had previously kept sliding off. But this new size appeared to be just a tad too small.

37. The scowling bridesmaid

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William and Kate’s traditional balcony smooch was the moment everyone had been waiting for. But in the end a scowling three-year-old bridesmaid stole the limelight. Grace van Cutsem was part of the wedding party that joined the happy couple on the balcony. But the noise that stemmed from the crowd below proved to be too much and she spent much of her time there cupping her ears.

36. David Beckham’s OBE faux pas

Of course, sometimes it’s the guests that get things wrong. David Beckham was one of several celebrity names who turned up to William and Kate’s wedding. But despite having a fashion designer wife, the former footballer made a rookie mistake with his morning coat. For Beckham had placed his OBE on the incorrect lapel. Someone obviously alerted the ex-LA Galaxy star to the error as, when he left the church, the OBE was in the right place.

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35. Princess Margaret defies hat ban

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Princess Margaret was renowned for doing things outside the royal norm. So, it was little surprise when she defied one particular rule at her nephew Prince Edward’s wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999. The maverick turned up to the ceremony in an elaborate hat, despite the fact that the bride and groom had issued a headwear ban.

34. Princess Diana’s rehearsal cry

A wedding is supposed to be a time when the only tears are those of joy. But it seems fair to assume that Princess Diana’s crying session before her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t born out of happiness. The royal icon was filmed shedding tears by the BBC at the rehearsal for the big day, perhaps because she’d only met her groom little more than a dozen times beforehand. In order to avoid yet another royal scandal, this footage was immediately destroyed.

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33. Princess Diana’s wrinkled dress

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You’d expect a royal bride to be dressed immaculately for her big day. And yet Princess Diana turned up to St. Paul’s Cathedral in a dress that was visibly wrinkled. The Queen’s Class Coach that she’d traveled to the ceremony in hadn’t been big enough to fit the train that measured at a whopping 25 feet. As a result, the dress became full of creases.

32. The bridesmaid’s trip

Aged just five years old at the time, poor Clementine Hambro left Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding ceremony in tears having suffered a fall. The girl – who’s also Winston Churchill’s great-granddaughter – had stumbled over in Buckingham Palace. Hambro was at the ceremony as the most youthful of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids.

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31. The Queen’s no-show

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The Queen doesn’t appear to be the biggest fan of her eldest son’s second wife. According to royal biographer Tom Bower, she once described Camilla as “that wicked woman” and proclaimed, “I want nothing to do with her.” The monarch and her husband Prince Philip also decided against attending Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding, choosing to show up at a blessing service instead.

30. Gandhi’s wedding present confusion

Legendary activist Mahatma Gandhi is the last person you’d expect to send a royal couple a “rather vulgar” wedding present. But that’s how Queen Mary described the gift he gave to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for their 1947 nuptials. Gandhi had, in fact, sent a handmade and entirely innocent piece of lace to the happy couple. But Queen Mary initially believed that it was a loincloth.

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29. Prince George’s giggles

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William and Kate’s eldest son Prince George has already become renowned as one of the cheekiest members of the royal family. And he sure lived up to his reputation at Princess Eugenie’s wedding when he couldn’t stop giggling. To be fair to Prince George, he was egged on by Savannah Phillips, the equally cheeky royal who was mimicking tooting a trumpet at the time.

28. Princess Diana gets Prince Charles’ name wrong

The number of things that went wrong at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding was perhaps a sign of things to come. In fact, the bride couldn’t even get the groom’s name right while she recited her vows. Instead of addressing the groom as Charles Philip, Diana referred to him as Philip Charles.

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27. Meghan’s dad fails to show

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The drama surrounding Meghan Markle and her estranged father Thomas often threatened to overshadow her actual wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. After much tabloid speculation, the future Duchess announced just two days before the ceremony that her dad wouldn’t be attending. Thomas later told Good Morning Britain, “The unfortunate thing for me now is that I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle.”

26. The cheeky bridesmaid

Savannah Phillips justified her status as the youngest troublemaker of the royal family in 2018. The Queen’s great-grandchild had been appointed a bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank. And while posing for the array of photos, the cheeky Savannah appeared to deliberately stand on the wedding dress train of the blushing bride.

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25. Camilla’s ex-husband

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Camilla Parker Bowles and her ex-husband Andrew appear to have the perfect divorcee relationship. The pair have maintained a closeness ever since they officially split up in 1995. A full decade later, then, Andrew showed up at the Service of Prayer and Dedication staged to commemorate his ex-wife’s marriage to Prince Charles.

24. The Queen’s broken tiara

The normally composed Queen Elizabeth II was no doubt thrown into a panic on her wedding day when her tiara suddenly broke. A hairdresser accidentally damaged the piece of jewelry shortly before the future monarch was due to walk down the aisle with Prince Philip. Luckily, thanks to a police escort and some handiwork from jeweler House of Garrard, the tiara was able to be repaired just in the nick of time.

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23. The spooked horse

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Unsurprisingly, the noise from the crowds was pretty clamorous when William and Kate departed Westminster Abbey after their royal wedding. Unfortunately this wall of sound appeared to scare one particular procession horse, who subsequently threw its cavalry guardsman rider to the ground. Thankfully, both the horse and the man were uninjured.

22. Diana’s perfume-stained dress

Princess Diana ended up wearing just a little too much perfume when she walked down the aisle. The royal had accidentally spilled the fragrance known as Quelques Fleurs on the iconic outfit while getting ready. Diana was advised by her makeup technician Barbara Daly to hold the offending spot to hide it from the millions of viewers watching.

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21. Meghan’s sole blood relative

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Several members of Meghan’s family – including father Thomas and half-sister Samantha – spent the lead-up to her big day talking to the press. And often in unfavorable ways. So, you can perhaps understand why the future Duchess decided to only invite only a single blood relative to the occasion. This was her mom Doria.

20. Princess Diana’s headache

One particular jewelry item literally caused a major headache for Princess Diana during her wedding to Prince Charles. Her brother – also called Charles – once told Entertainment Tonight, “In the evening [after the wedding] we all went to a sort of semi-private party. And she was there and she seemed incredibly relaxed and happy and I just remember she had a cracking headache, too. Because she wasn’t used to wearing a tiara all morning.”

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19. The fainting clergyman

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One of the first royal wedding mishaps of the 20th Century occurred when the Queen Mother walked down the aisle in 1923. In fact, her marriage to the future George VI had to be brought to a standstill. And the reason? One of the clergymen in the bride’s party appeared to have found the occasion too overwhelming and subsequently fainted.

18. The wrongly staged portraits

Only staunch monarchists would spot this particular breaking of royal protocol. However, there was good reason for Harry and Meghan’s wedding portraits being staged differently from the norm. Typically, these photos sees the bride’s family gathering on a different side to the groom’s. However, with only Meghan’s mother Doria representing the Markles, Harry’s lot had to spread themselves more widely.

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17. The Queen’s missing bouquet

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The mishap that occurred following the Queen’s marriage to Prince Philip changed royal wedding protocol forever. Indeed, every royal bride must now have a pair of bouquets at hand, just in case one goes AWOL, as it did at the monarch’s wedding in 1947. The Queen and Prince Philip had to pose for photos with a replacement bouquet several weeks after the event, disrupting their honeymoon in the process.

16. Princess Eugenie’s ring problem

Several years after Prince William struggled to place Kate’s wedding ring on her finger, his cousin was also involved in a similar incident. Princess Eugenie had to help her husband-to-be adjust her Welsh gold wedding band when the vital moment came at St. George’s Chapel in 2018. Luckily, the pair saw the funny side, with Jack Brooksbank even pulling a face at the time.

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15. The car malfunction

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William and Kate didn’t exactly leave their wedding venue in the smoothest of ways. The future king totally forgot about the handbrake release as the pair drove to their Buckingham Palace reception in a vintage vehicle. As a result, their journey was soundtracked by the noise of the vehicle’s engine loud groans. Thankfully, the adoring crowd’s excitable screams managed to drown the cacophony out.

14. Prince Charles forgets to kiss

The Buckingham Palace balcony kiss has become a modern tradition of the royal wedding. But it only started thanks to an absent-minded Prince Charles. The future king famously forgot to kiss his bride Princess Diana at the altar after reciting his vows. And so to make amends he decided to later lock lips with his wife in an equally public manner.

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13. The best man ban

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There was one significant absentee at the wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960 – the best man. Jeremy Fry had been forced to vacate the role following the revelation that eight years earlier he’d gotten into trouble with the law over a “minor homosexual offense.” The legalization of homosexuality in Britain only occurred in 1967.

12. The snubbing of King Edward VIII’s wedding

King Edward VIII’s marriage to Wallis Simpson is one of the most controversial in modern royal history. The monarch decided to abdicate from the throne only a year on from his coronation after falling in love with the American divorcee. Their relationship was deemed so scandalous by the rest of his family that not a single member showed up for their 1937 marriage ceremony in France.

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11. Kate forgets royal protocol

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Kate Middleton accidentally disrespected the Queen when she walked down the aisle on her big day as William Henson explained to The Sun. The etiquette expert said, “The bride actually has to curtsy to the Queen when she gets to where the Queen is sitting, and Catherine Middleton forgot to do this when she was walking up the aisle.” Thankfully, Kate remembered this particular form of royal protocol when she walked back up the aisle as a married woman.

10. The overwhelmed bridesmaid

The royal wedding can be a particularly overwhelming occasion for any youngsters involved. Following William and Kate’s nuptials three-year-old bridesmaid Eliza Lopes became understandably perturbed by the sounds of the crowd outside the carriage she was traveling in. Luckily, Prince Harry was on hand to calm her down with the aid of a toy worm.

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9. Princess Diana’s devastation

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Princess Diana made it perfectly clear how devastated she felt at seeing Camilla Parker Bowles show up for her wedding to Prince Charles in a 1991 interview with Andrew Morton. The royal told the biographer, “I knew she was in there, of course. I looked for her… So walking down the aisle, I spotted Camilla, pale gray, veiled pillbox hat, saw it all, her son Tom standing on a chair. To this day you know – vivid memory.”

8. Prince Charles dozes off

With all of its pomp and tradition, the royal wedding can often be a lengthy affair. So, perhaps you can’t blame Prince Charles for getting in a bit of shut-eye while attending his youngest son’s wedding. The future king looked to have briefly dozed off as the cameras panned to him during Prince Harry’s nuptials with Meghan Markle.

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7. Charles and Camilla’s last-minute location change

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Turns out that royals can’t get married anywhere they want. Prince Charles and Camilla had initially planned to get hitched at Windsor Castle. But just a few weeks before the civil ceremony, they were forced to change the location to the Windsor Guildhall. If they’d have stuck with their original choice, then Windsor Castle would’ve been required to legally allow other couples to tie the knot there for a period of no fewer than three years.

6. Harry and Meghan’s wedding program mistake

There was one major faux pas in the wedding program published for Harry and Meghan’s big day, although you can perhaps understand the confusion. Indeed, attendees would have read that Thomas Markle was due to walk his daughter down the aisle. However, after much back and forth, the Duchess’ father had actually pulled out of the occasion several weeks previously.

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5. The BBC snub Princess Eugenie

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Princess Eugenie may well have been left red-faced after learning why the BBC wasn’t going to screen her wedding to Jack Brooksbank. An insider revealed to the Mail on Sunday that the corporation “turned it down because they don’t think enough people will tune in.” Thankfully for the bride-to-be, main rival ITV decided that the 2018 ceremony was worth showing.

4. Prince Harry invites two exes

It takes a brave – or some would say foolish – man to ask an ex-girlfriend to attend your wedding. But Prince Harry invited two. Incredibly, both Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas RSVP’d with the answer ‘yes’ and inevitably attracted much tabloid attention when they rocked up to see the royal getting hitched to Meghan.

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3. The Queen’s ration coupons

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Times were hard in the wake of World War II, and even the future monarch had to rein things in a little. Indeed, in 1947 the Queen was forced to pay for her wedding dress with clothing ration coupons. The official royal family website also states, “Hundreds of people from across the U.K. sent the Princess their coupons to help with the dress, although they had to be returned as it would be illegal to use them.”

2. The Queen’s unusual honeymoon companion

The Queen is renowned for her love of corgis, but did you know that she actually took one with her on honeymoon? Yes, as the royal family’s official website states, a pooch named Susan traveled with the future monarch and her husband Prince Philip on their first train journey as a married couple. The pair and their canine companion subsequently enjoyed a getaway in the English county of Hampshire.

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1. Charles flubbed his wedding vows

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Prince Charles appeared to let his nerves get the better of him when he recited his vows to Princess Diana. The future king should have offered to share “all his worldly goods” with his blushing bride. However, when delivering his promise the royal forgot to include the vital word “worldly.”

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