From HM The Queen to The Duchess of Cambridge, British royal brides have a unique set of style rules…

Wedding trends are all important, with most brides following the latest hair and makeup. However, although they nod to fashion trends, British royal brides stick to 5 golden rules every single time. Will Meghan buck the trend? We’ll have to wait and see, but if royal wedding style is the theme for your nuptials, here are the rules you need to follow:

1. Defined Eyes

Whether they choose false lashes or traditional liner, the Royals are big fans of a defined, sometimes smokey eye. This isn’t about cleverly blended eyeshadow, we’re talking dark, dramatic, eyes that contrast with white fabric (and look good on tv!) Kate Middleton followed this rule at her wedding to Prince William in 2011.

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2. Keep It Covered

No matter the fashion, you’ll notice one trend for every royal wedding dress: sleeves. Sophistication is the name of the game and short or capped sleeves just won’t cut it! So whether it’s Diana’s flouncy 3/4 length sleeves or Kates’s beautiful lace, a royal bride needs to stay covered at all times. Princess Margaret followed this beautifully at her 1960 wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones.

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3. Floral Simplicity

British royal brides tend to stick with similar floral styles, with trailing flowers a popular trend. But when it comes to colour, it can only be white, with hints of green foliage. Happily, bridesmaids aren’t limited to this, but for the bride herself, it must be classically beautiful white flowers. HM The Queen teamed her wedding dress with white orchids for her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip (did you know, the Queen was married in November!)

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4. Understated Hair

Wedding hair tutorials take up a LOT of our pinning time on Pinterest. We’re obsessed with the latest looks and curls and clever ways to wrap, braid and pin (and we’re not even engaged!) But when it comes to royal brides, nothing could be further away. In fact, their look is so natural it’s almost ‘undone’. Looking back at Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, her hair is incredibly simple!

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5. Natural Skin & Blush

Although many brides prefer a soft, feminine look, wedding makeup in recent years has been a complex ‘full coverage’ affair. When the royals get married, they follow 2 skin rules: natural, flawless skin, with soft blush. At her 1986 wedding to Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson followed this perfectly with a warm, natural blush that complimented her auburn hair.

Planning a wedding? Read our expert guide to planning the perfect wedding. And shop wedding hair and makeup online at allbeauty.

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