Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, both aged 62, married each other back in 1986 in Westminster Abbey. The Duchess of York wore a brilliant wedding dress designed by Lindka Cierach, with the 17-foot train reportedly containing a hidden message.
Daena Borrowman, a PR, Social and Digital Marketing Manager at jewellerybox spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Fergie’s wedding style.
She said: “Sarah Ferguson’s wedding dress designed by British couturier Lindka Cierach incorporated various beadwork symbols of significance to the bride.
“This included hearts representing love and romance, anchors and waves representing Prince Andrew’s career in the Royal Navy, and bumblebees and thistles representing motifs from the Ferguson family coat of arms.
“The bride also wanted helicopter and teddy bear motifs sewn into her dress, however, such details were never embroidered.
“The train of her wedding dress, made of duchess satin spanned a sensational 17 feet. She explained that she chose the material because ‘it is the creamiest material in the world’.
“As a memorable touch to their special day, the train had the couple’s initials ‘A’ and ‘S’ sewn in silver beads. To top it all off, Sarah wore a 20-foot-long silk bridal veil,” the expert noted.
However, Daena expressed that this was not the first time a royal bride had special tributes sewn into her wedding dress.
She explained: “This is not the first time a royal bride has had initials and special tributes sewn into her dress. In fact, it has been happening for years.
“When Princess Elizabeth, our late Queen, married Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten, Norman Hartnell designed her iconic wedding gown inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera.
“The gown featured floral embroidery from the Botticelli masterpiece, as well as wheat (representing fertility), roses and star-shaped flowers.
“Hartnell later explained that he also incorporated a shamrock motif on the left side of the skirt ‘so that Her Majesty’s hand could rest upon it during the ceremony’ for extra luck.
“The train had even more floral embroidery including jasmine, smilax, lilacs and white rose, as well as orange blossom flowers (symbolising chastity) around the border in a tribute to Queen Victoria, who had started the royal tradition at her own wedding. Eight Commonwealth flowers (for the then eight Commonwealth countries) were also embroidered into her gown.”
Did Princess Diana have any sweet tributes to King Charles in her wedding dress?
Daena suggested: “For her wedding to Prince Charles, Lady Diana wore a pair of bespoke Clive Shilton flats featuring over 500 sequins, over 100 seed pearls, the initials ‘C’ and ‘D’ painted under the heel, with a heart between each initial.
“She also requested the designers of her dress, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, to sew a tiny, diamond-studded 18-carat Welsh gold horseshoe into her dress for good luck.”
What symbols did Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s wedding dresses include?
Daena added: “When the current Princess of Wales, then Kate Middleton married Prince William, the embroidery on her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress was very intentional.
“The bodice of her dress was adorned with the national flowers of the four countries in the United Kingdom: roses for England, daffodils for Wales, thistles for Scotland, and shamrock for Northern Ireland. Sarah Burton had also sewed a blue ribbon on the inside of the dress as Kate’s ‘something blue’ and for good luck.
“Meghan Markle, the current Duchess of Sussex had the designer of her gown, Claire Waight Keller of Givenchy sew a piece of blue fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry into the lining of her wedding dress as her ‘something blue’ on the couple’s big day.
“But the tributes didn’t just end there. Meghan’s stunning cathedral-length veil featured flowers from each of the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth, as well as the Wintersweet, a flower that grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy, the state flower of Meghan’s home state of California.”