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Britain's royal weddings through the years

Britain's royal weddings have long entranced the world. The spectacular gowns, the extravagant ceremonies – rich in centuries-old tradition – capture the attention of commoners across the globe.

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding date fast approaching, take a look through seven generations of nuptials within the British royal family, dating back to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's "I do's" in 1840.

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria

An illustration from the wedding of Queen Victoria
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An illustration from the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in England on Feb. 10, 1840.

Princess Marina and Prince George

Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son
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Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George VI, with his wife, Princess Marina, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding on Nov. 29, 1934.

Prince Henry and Princess Alice

Prince Henry and Princess Alice, the Duke and
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Prince Henry and Princess Alice, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, are pictured with the British royal family in London after their wedding on Nov. 6, 1935.

Prince Henry and his bride Princess Alice wave
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Prince Henry and his bride Princess Alice wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding on Nov. 6, 1935.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II, then a princess, leaves Westminster
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Queen Elizabeth II, then a princess, leaves Westminster Abbey in London, with her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, after their wedding ceremony on Nov. 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
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Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose for their official wedding portrait in London on Nov. 20, 1947.

Antony Armstrong-Jones and Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of
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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon are photographed with their bridal party at Buckingham Palace following their wedding on May 6, 1960.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips are photographed
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Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips are photographed with the British royal family in London, following their wedding on Nov. 14, 1973.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth
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Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Captain Mark Phillips, wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Nov. 14, 1973, following their wedding ceremony.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles share a kiss
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles share a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, after their wedding on July 29, 1981.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose for their
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose for their official wedding photograph in London on July 29, 1981.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew kisses his bride Sarah Ferguson on
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Prince Andrew kisses his bride Sarah Ferguson on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the wedding at Westminister Abbey on July 24, 1986.

Sophie Rhys-Jones and Prince Edward

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones during a carriage
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Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones during a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor, after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel on June 19, 1999.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess
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Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, leave the Guildhall in Windsor, after their civil wedding ceremony on April 9, 2005.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, leave
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, leave St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2005, following a ceremony blessing their wedding.

Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly

Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth
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Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Autumn Kelly leave St. George's Chapel in Windsor, after their wedding on May 17, 2008.

Lord Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman

Lord Freddie Windsor, the only son of of
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Lord Freddie Windsor, the only son of of Prince Michael of Kent, poses with his wife Sophie Winkleman after their wedding in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace on Sept. 12, 2009.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of
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Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, pose outside of Westminster Abbey after their wedding in London, on April, 29, 2011.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton, left, is accompanied by her maid
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Kate Middleton, left, is accompanied by her maid of honor and sister, Pippa Middleton, as they arrive at Westminster Abbey for Kate's wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011.

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips, the second eldest granddaughter of Queen
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Zara Phillips, the second eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Mike Tindall, in Edinburgh following their marriage on July 30, 2011.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, outside St. George's Chapel after their wedding in Windsor, on Saturday.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding in Windsor, on Saturday.

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