Royal Wedding Kisses Throughout The Years

You may now kiss the (royal) bride

Updated 10/04/18

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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!

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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On July 29, 1981, after marrying Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, Prince Charles and his bride headed to Buckingham Palace, where they kissed for the crowds and cameras. Ever the trendsetter, Princess Diana's balcony smooch with Charles was the first of its kind. And thus, a new royal wedding tradition began amongst British royals.

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Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

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Following suit, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York recreated Diana and Charles' Buckingham Palace balcony kiss at their own royal wedding on July 23, 1986.

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Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway and Crown Princess Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby

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This 2001 Norwegian wedding was a modern-day Cinderella story as the Crown Prince wed a commoner, former waitress and single mother Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby. Here, the couple shared a kiss outside Oslo Cathedral where they wed.

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

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The Brits aren't the only ones who love a good balcony kiss. Here, King Willem-Alexander (then a prince) and his bride shared a peck on the balcony of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam after tying the knot in 2002.

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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn

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Following their lavish royal wedding in 2002, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn kissed on the balcony of Stiftsgarden Palace. Sadly, the couple divorced in 2017 after having three children together. The divorce was a first for Norway's modern royal family.

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Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary

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After tying the knot at Copenhagen Cathedral in 2004, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark kissed on the balcony of Christian VII's Palace.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Following in the footsteps of his mother and father, Prince William stepped out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony to kiss his bride after their royal wedding on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Considering the crowd's deafening cheers, the only one who seemed unsatisfied with the short smooch was their little disgruntled flower girl, Grace van Cutsem!

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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

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Monaco's Prince Albert II, the son of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, wed Princess Charlene on July 2, 2011, and shared a kiss upon leaving Sainte Dévote's Church.

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King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema

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The King of Bhutan and his bride were wed in October 2011 in a days-long celebration that is said to be the largest media event in the history of the country.

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Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg

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In September 2013, the Prince and Princess of Luxembourg shared this sweet smooch after tying the knot in the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France.

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia

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On June 13, 2015, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip wed Sofia Hellqvist at The Royal Palace, after which they kissed on the chapel steps.

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

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Although not technically a royal wedding, these royally adjacent nuptials between the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, and her husband, James Matthews, were equally exciting—in part thanks to the appearance of the couple's royal flower girl and page boy, Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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And the crowd went wild! Following their May 19, 2018 ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exited the church to the cheers of the thousands who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds—cheers which only grew louder when they leaned in for their first post-I do kiss. Please note the hand-holding. It doesn't get much better than this!

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