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Take a look back at royal weddings through the ages

Whether they’re big or small, royals weddings have long fascinated watchers. Here, Maclean’s has collected photos and history from a century of big days
Royal Wedding
The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul’s Cathedral on their wedding day, 29th July 1981. (Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Royal weddings are always big, buzzy to-dos—but they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small country affairs, while others are full-blown state events marked by public holidays and thronging crowds. Some happened in the centuries where arranged marriages were the norm, while others are nuptials between two people declaring their love in front of families and friends. Sometimes the brides wear glittering family tiaras, and sometimes they wear circlets of flowers. While Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in a massive affair at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on May 19 at the smaller but still historic St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, a royal residence just outside London that is a favourite of Queen Elizabeth II.

Here’s a look back at some recent royal marriages, both large and small, complete with details and history behind those big days.

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