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.
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.
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.
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
On Father’s Day 2019, Princess Eugenie paid tribute to her father, Prince Andrew, with a behind-the-scenes photo from her wedding day. It shows the moment Prince Andrew saw Princess Eugenie in her wedding dress, before he walked her down the aisle at St James’s Palace to her now husband Jack Brooksbank.
6. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at their wedding rehearsal
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall married at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on 30 July 2011. They, too, attended a rehearsal a day prior to the ceremony, and were photographed leaving the venue looking very excited.
7. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel
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.