Battle of the European Royal Brides: Whose Wedding Gown is Your Favorite?

06/10/2013 at 03:51 PM ET

Princess Madeleine Wedding DressChris Jackson/Getty, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty, Alastair Grant/AP

Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s weekend nuptials to New York Banker Christopher O’Neill ignited royal wedding fever all over again. And with a dress like Madeleine’s striking Valentino Haute Couture number, we understand the obsession.

The lace gown featured a 4-meter long train with major ruffle detailing along the hemline. Plus, the princess topped her look with a 6-meter long veil embroidered with Chantilly lace flowers and a tiara adorned with fresh orange blossoms. Basically, Cinderella from head-to-toe.

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But how does Madeleine, 30, compare to other royal brides who have gotten hitched in the past few years?

In October 2012, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy (now Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg) wed Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg in a jaw-dropping ivory lace Elie Saab gown featuring a fitted bodice, three-quarter sleeves and a full skirt. Her train, however, comes up short compared to Madeleine’s: It was only two-meters, 50-centimeters long.

It almost doesn’t seem fair to compare these two wedding dresses to Duchess Catherine’s, but we’re going to do it anyway. The Princess wore a custom Alexander McQueen confection for her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

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The white V-neck gown with a long-sleeved lace overlay, designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, had a two-meter, 70-centimeter train. She also wore a Cartier halo tiara lent to her by Queen Elizabeth.

All three bridal looks share similarities (lace, cinched-waist, statement trains, long veils), but we want to know…

–Brittany Talarico

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incaunipocrit on

Reblogged this on The Blogspaper.

Guest on

They are all gorgeous, but Catherine’s veil was amazing!

KT on

But I like Princes Madeleine’s tiara/veil combo the best. All beautiful gowns and ladies!

Jane on

Silly poll. They each wore what they wanted and felt special on their day. This constant need for competition on this site is getting a bit annoying.

Connie` on

They all look beautiful but I think Duchess Catherine’s was the most elegant and seemed to suit what her overall style is even now. But since we don’t see much photos of the other two, who knows. As long as they all felt beautiful on their special day then that’s all that really matters. Our personal taste doesn’t mean anything but it was cool seeing them side by side.

chtrbx on

Why choose a favorite? They are each lovely in their own right and chose a special gown for their special day. Like many women around the world. This constant need to compare and compete is disheartening. Let’s celebrate the moments and wish them happiness.

amysmith on

They are all so beautiful!!!! Fairy tale weddings for sure!!!

WiddoMouse on

All three of them are beautiful brides, but my ffavorite is still Catherine’s. I love a lace sleeve that goes all the way to the wrist. I wish the days of the BIG voluminous floral bouquet would come back into fashion.

deb on

All stunning.

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