Forget the Royal Wedding Dresses: Royal Wedding Shoes Are the Detail You've Been Missing

They may not be glass slippers, but these shoes are nonetheless stunning

Updated 05/14/18
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In just a matter of days, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot. Luckily, her wedding dress is reportedly finally finished and safely under-lock-and-key awaiting the big day. However, it's worth noting that Meghan's sure-to-be gorgeous gown will only be one aspect (although an important one!) of her bridal style.

Throughout history, royal brides have been wowing us with their impeccable wedding-day style. We've gaped at their extravagant dresses and fawned over their glittering tiaras. But there's one detail that often gets pushed under the rug gown: royal brides' wedding shoes. We've scoured the archives for the best royal wedding shoe inspiration, and we've found the most iconic footwear from royal weddings throughout history.

While there may not be any glass slippers in this roundup, there are plenty of pin-worthy heels to inspire your own wedding-day footwear.

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Queen Elizabeth II

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For her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip, Elizabeth paired her duchesse-satin long-sleeved wedding gown with a matching pair of satin slingbacks. The criss-crossed sandals were accented with a silver buckle studded with a small pearl to complement the nearly 10,000 pearls that embellished her wedding dress.

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Rita Hayworth

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American actress Rita Hayworth tied the knot with Prince Aly Khan in 1949 at Khan's Riviera Chateau de L'Horizon. The bride's periwinkle-blue Dior dress was anything but traditional for a royal, and her choice in footwear followed suit. The bride walked down the aisle in black, close-toed heels with a simple cut-out on the bridge.

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Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

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Grace Kelly opted for a simple white pump to compliment her extravagant gown at her wedding to Prince Rainier III on April 19, 1956, at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

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Princess Diana

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Princess Diana's wedding slippers were just as detailed as her iconic wedding dress. Displayed at the "Diana: A Celebration" exhibit at the National Constitution Center, Diana's bridal shoes featured a barely-there heel, frilly appliqués, and beading.

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Queen Rania of Jordan

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Queen Rania of Jordan and then-Prince Abdullah bin Al-Hussein tied the knot in a lavish wedding on June 10, 1993. The Queen's white, close-toed heels included a bejeweled, buckle-like ornament and perfectly matched her gown's beaded bodice, giving her wedding-day look some extra sparkle.

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Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex

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Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones tied the knot at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999. The bride and groom are pictured here leaving the ceremony, with the Countess donning a traditional pointed-toe white heel that featured an elegant V-shaped cut in the bridge.

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Princess Alexia of Greece

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Princess Alexia Of Greece and Carlos Morales Quintana wed at St. Sophia Cathedral in London on July 9, 1999. The bride wore a long-sleeved silk gown and pointed-toe white kitten heels to match.

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

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Who could forget the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress that Kate Middleton wore to her 2011 wedding to Prince William? However, not many remember the pretty pumps that lied beneath. With a mid-height heel and rounded toe, the Alexander McQueen shoes perfectly complemented the lace of Kate's dress.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden married Christopher O'Neill at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden. The bride's wedding-day look was complete by her elegant, pointed-toe white heels that featured an illusion mesh material for an extra accent.

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Princess Claire of Luxembourg

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In addition to their traditional royal wedding, Princess Claire of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Félix wed in a civil ceremony at Villa Rothschild Kempinski on September 17, 2013, in Konigstein, Germany. The bride stepped out of the villa in a dainty peplum frock and off-white round-toe pumps with a bow accent.

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Princess Claire of Luxembourg

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A few days after her civil ceremony, Princess Claire of Luxembourg and her husband held a formal wedding at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France. The bride wore a stunning, long-sleeved gown with lace overlay, and paired her dress with white, close-toed heels with an ankle strap.

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