5 Royal Brides Who Didn't Walk Down the Aisle With Their Fathers

Tradition, schmadition

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With a mere three days to go until the long-awaited royal wedding, the question remains of who will walk future bride Meghan Markle down the aisle. After reportedly debating which of her parents would get to do the honors during her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, she ultimately chose her father, Thomas Markle, to give her away, Kensington Palace revealed in a statement May 4. However, pending health issues, a paparazzi scandal, and multiple changes of heart, it's unclear whether Markle will even attend the wedding in the first place, meaning Meghan may have to quickly resort to a back-up plan. And, thankfully, she has no shortage of viable options to step up to the task.

To prove that it's more than acceptable, even by royal standards, to break aisle-walking wedding protocol, we rounded up five former royal brides who said "I do" without being escorted by their fathers. Whether it's a brother-in-law, uncle, or even Queen Victoria (perhaps QE2 will step up to the task), others have definitely stepped up to the plate (or altar) in royal weddings to escort the bride-to-be.

Whoever Meghan may choose to give her away on the big day, the moment still won't be anything short of spectacular (especially considering it will be Harry's first glimpse of his bride).

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Queen Victoria

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When this monarch wed Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1840, Queen Victoria's paternal uncle, the Duke of Sussex, escorted her down the aisle.

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Princess Helena

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Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Helena, had her own turn down the aisle during her wedding in 1866, and the mother-daughter duo bucked tradition even further as the Queen did the honors herself.

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Princess Beatrice

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Queen Victoria didn't stop there—she also gave away her youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1885 when she wed Prince Henry of Battenberg.

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Princess Margaret

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Princess Margaret, daughter of the Queen Mother and King George VI (and Queen Elizabeth II's sister), married Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. In place of the bride's father, who had passed away eight years prior, Prince Philip escorted the princess.

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Camilla Parker Bowles

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The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles were married in 2005. The couple exchanged vows in a civil ceremony and then headed to St. George's Chapel for a prayer blessing, during which the pair walked down the aisle together.

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