Right up there with the reveal of the bride's wedding dress, the first kiss at a royal wedding is probably one of the most anticipated aspects of the day. After all, does a more exciting phrase than "You may now kiss the bride" even exist? Perhaps, "Will you marry me?" but it's up for debate. Either way, we can all agree that this newlywed kiss is a huge deal at any wedding. Now, throw some royal titles and a sea of screaming subjects into the mix and this big moment gets a whole lot, well, bigger.
However, the first kiss at a British royal wedding rarely takes place at the actual ceremony, due to the Church of England forbidding such acts in sacred places like Westminster Abbey. "There will be no kiss during the wedding ceremony," warned Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster, ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials. "We don't do that in the Church of England. That's sort of a Hollywood thing: 'You may now kiss the bride.' It doesn't happen here."
Thankfully though, this ban on liplocks has led to the royal trend of the just-married bride and groom kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of the masses cheering below, making royal wedding kisses nothing short of iconic.
However, the next royal couple to say I do, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, probably won't drive the hour from their venue, St. George's Chapel in Windsor, to London's Buckingham Palace following their ceremony for that public peck. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot at the same venue back in May (you do remember that royal wedding, don't you?), they shared their first wedded smooch on the steps of St. George's Chapel, so we expect Harry's cousin and her betrothed to do the same.
We're sure the moment will be just as iconic as the royal wedding kisses of years past—like the ones pictured below!