Iconic Royal Wedding Hairstyles to Inspire Your Wedding Day Beauty Look

Lots of updos!

Updated 10/12/17

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Royal weddings, for lack of a better word, are quite fascinating. Others think so, too. In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton's televised wedding was watched all over the world by 2 billion viewers. The late Princess Diana's televised nuptials to Prince Charles nabbed a cool 750 million viewers worldwide. It's also no secret that royal weddings provide an insane amount of inspiration for your own ceremony. When the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of a vintage Rolls Royce in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, the "Kate Middleton effect" was born. Grace Kelly's iconic fairytale-like bridal style serves as inspiration for countless celebrity brides, including Miranda Kerr.

But, what about the hair? Sure, royals have access to some of the best stylists in the biz, but a bride-to-be can totally emulate Middleton's effortless waves, or Princess Caroline's bohemian-inspired updo. Ahead, we've listed our favorite royal wedding hair moments to inspire your own wedding day 'do.

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Queen Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth II walked down the aisle with perfectly coiffed curls that stopped at her shoulders.

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Diana, Princess of Wales

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For her televised wedding to Prince Charles, the late Princess Diana of Wales rocked her notable short bob, complete with tiara and veil.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge captivated the world during her 2011 nuptials to Prince William. For the ceremony, she wore her iconic waves in a half-up-half-down style.

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden

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Sleek and sophisticated, Princess Victoria of Sweden wore a simple updo during her wedding to Daniel Westling.

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Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

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Who says updos can't have a bit of volume? Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece added a touch of volume to her wedding day 'do.

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Princess Noor bint Asem

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You're probably swooning over her gorgeous veil, but we're loving Princess Noor of Jordan's effortless half-up-half-down hairstyle.

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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon's wedding day style cannot be beat. She paired her diamond-encrusted crown with an elegant updo.

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Queen Letizia of Spain

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Royals have a thing for updos. Queen Letizia of Spain rocked a side-swept bun during her wedding to King Felipe.

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Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco


Over 60 years later and brides still try to emulate Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco's iconic bridal look. She wore a sleek bun for her nuptials to Prince Rainier III.

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Masako, Crown Princess of Japan


Princess Masako of Japan styled her stands in a voluminous, curled updo during her wedding to Prince Naruhito.

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Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

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Countess Stéphanie of Luxembourg wore a side-swept, elaborate updo for her wedding to Prince Guillaume, and pinned her veil in-between strands.

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Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland

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During her nuptials to Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, Princess Sofia of Värmland opted for a modern take on the conventional updo by parting strands down the middle.

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Caroline, Princess of Hanover

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The beginning of the bohemian bride, the Princess Caroline of Hanover adorned her updo with small flowers.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece was clearly ahead of her time when she sported a trendy bob cut for her wedding to King Constantine.

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