The touching links between Sophie Wessex’s wedding and Princess Diana’s

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SOPHIE, Countess of Wessex married into the Royal Family 18 years after Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles took place. But there are stark similarities between the two weddings, despite being held so far apart.

In Britain, royal weddings are usually national events watched by millions of people on TV. Royal nuptials are often accompanied by an enormous amount of interest, with royal fans desperate to know details like what the bride will be wearing for her big day. Sophie Rhys-Jones married the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest child, Prince Edward, in 1999. The wedding took place 18 years after the wedding of the Queen’s first son Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

How were Sophie and Diana’s weddings similar?

When Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones announced their engagement, royal fans may have spotted that Sophie’s engagement ring had a sweet link to Princess Diana.

Edward gave Sophie a two-carat central oval diamond ring from British jeweller Garrard.

The central stone is flanked by two smaller, heart-shaped diamonds.

Princess Diana and Sophie Wessex

The touching links between Sophie Wessex’s wedding and Princess Diana’s (Image: GETTY)

Sophie Wessex engagement ring

Prince Edward gave Sophie a two-carat central oval diamond ring from British jeweller Garrard (Image: GETTY)

Garrard was also the jewellers who created Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire engagement ring, which now belongs to Prince William’s wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

As well as similarities between Diana and Sophie’s engagement rings, some aspects of their royal weddings were also very similar.

When Diana married Charles, her title underwent a dramatic change and she became the Princess of Wales.

Sophie’s title also changed when she married Edward, and she became the Countess of Wessex.

Both Diana and Sophie’s weddings were televised, with 200 million people tuning in for Edward and Sophie’s nuptials.

And both weddings saw a huge turnout of royals, while crowds of people also lined the streets on both occasions to catch glimpses of the couple.

Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward wedding

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward on their wedding day, 1999 (Image: GETTY)

How were Sophie and Diana’s weddings different?

Despite several similarities, there are some aspects of Sophie’s wedding which greatly set it apart from Diana’s wedding held 18 years earlier.

Sophie wore the Anthemion Tiara for her wedding day, which is from the Queen’s private jewellery collection.

And while Diana stuck with the tradition of royal brides wearing a tiara, she did not borrow one from the Queen.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles wedding

Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day, 1981 (Image: GETTY)

Diana instead opted to wear the Spencer Tiara, which was also worn by her two older sisters on their respective wedding days.

And Diana’s wedding dress was a much more extravagant affair than Sophie’s, complete with a 25-foot train.

The dress, which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, also included hand-embroidered mother-of-pearl sequins that formed a heart motif.

Sophie opted not to wear puffed sleeves, and instead donned a timeless silk organza Samantha Shaw dress for her wedding day.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married at St Paul’s Cathedral, a unique choice for royal weddings in recent decades.

However, Prince Edward and Sophie opted to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Other royals who have married at St George’s Chapel in recent years include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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