Princess Anne was a ‘delightful tribute to her mother’ on wedding day in ‘striking’ dress

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For her wedding dress, Princess Anne wore a dress designed by her local dressmaker, Maureen Baker, the chief designer for the ready-to-wear label Susan Small. She had previously designed outfits for the Princess. The dress was an embroidered Tudor-style wedding dress with a high collar and medieval sleeves.

The train was embroidered by Lock’s Embroiderers.

Princess Anne was said to have designed many aspects of the dress herself.

Compared to previous royal wedding dresses, it was described as “simplistic” by fashion expert Catherine Woram, and was noted as being close to contemporary 1970s wedding fashions.

However, the marriage between Anne and Mark ended in divorce in 1992.

The Princess remarried that same year to Sir Timothy Laurence.

The pair married at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle in Scotland, on December 12, 1992.

For this wedding, Princess Anne wore a white jacket over a knee-length dress and a spray of white flowers in her hair.

Daena Borrowman, Marketing Manager at jewellerybox, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Princess Anne’s two wedding dresses.

She said: “Princess Anne is by far, the most underrated sartorial icon of the British Royal Family.

“Throughout the years, she has maintained her unique sense of style which blends the classic, the timeless and the retro with the uber functional.

“In fact, both her wedding ensembles have stuck true to her style essence, with archetypal commonalities including her iconic bouffant, her love for high necks and her preference for minimally accessorising.

“On the occasion of her first marriage, to Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey in 1973 which was a globally televised affair; the 23-year-old bride broke away from the image of the typical royal wedding dress, instead opting for a unique Tudor inspired creation by Maureen Baker – the chief designer of the British pret-a-porter house, Susan Small.

“The modest, yet extraordinary white silk gown featured a statement high collar, a figure-flattering pin-tucked bodice and striking long cuffed trumpet sleeves with a seven-foot-long train in tow.

“In keeping with the Princess Royal’s fondness for pearls, an array of pearls were woven into the neck, bodice, sleeves and train of the gown in silver thread.

“True to form, the Princess Royal sported her idiosyncratic bouffant, while keeping her accessories to a minimum, wearing a simple, albeit flattering pair of diamond cluster earrings.

“In a delightful tribute to her mother, the Queen, the Princess Royal chose to wear Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, valued at a whopping £5million, which the Queen had worn on her own wedding day to Prince Philip.

“When Princess Anne married for the second time, the occasion was considered by many to be in defiance of royal customs.

“The Princess Royal wed Sir Timothy Laurence at a small ceremony in Scotland, attended by around 30 people.

“This time around, the Princess Royal wore a demure white high-neck, mid-length jacketed dress accessorised with black pumps and her trusty Andrew Grima pearl, gold and diamond earrings that have been her collection and made frequent appearances since the time she was 19.

“Instead of a royal tiara, the bride wore pretty white flowers in her classic bouffant hairdo.”

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