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Prince William and Catherine Middleton's choice of attendants for their wedding day continue a long tradition of including royal relatives in their wedding party. Prince William has chosen his brother, Prince Harry, as his best-man (or supporter) and Catherine has chosen her sister Pippa as her Maid of honor.
Here's a look back at some royal wedding parties from the past.
|Queen Victoria & Prince Albert|
British Monarchy Flickr
Supporters: Prince Albert's father, the Duke of Saxe Coburg Gotha and his brother, Prince Ernest, The Hereditary Prince
12 train bearers - all daughters of peers of the realm
|Prince & Princess of Wales|
Supporters: His brother-in-law, Crown Prince of Prussia and his uncle Ernest, Duke of Coburg
Bridesmaids: Eight unmarried daughters of earls and countesses
Prince George, Duke of York, and Princess May of Teck July 6, 1893
Supporters: The Groom's father, The Prince of Wales and his uncle, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
Bridesmaids: Nine granddaughters and one great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria:
Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh, Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, Princess Victoria and Princess Maud of Wales. Princess Alice of Battenberg, Princess Margaret of Connaught, Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and Princess Patricia of Connaught
Eight bridesmaids, including Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
Prince Albert, Duke of York & Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon - April 26, 1923
Supporter/Best man: The Prince of Wales
Lady Mary Cambridge, Lady May Cambridge, the Hon. Diamond Hardinge, Lady Mary Thynne, Lady Katherine Hamilton, Miss Elizabeth Cator, the Hon. Elizabeth Elphinstone and the Hon. Cecilia Bowes Lyon
Best man: The Prince of Wales
Eight bridesmaids: Princess Elizabeth of York, Princesses Irene, Eugenie and Katherine of Greece, Princess Juliana (later Queen) of the Netherlands, the Grand Duchess Kira of Russia, Lady Mary Cambridge and Lady Iris Mountbatten
Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester & Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott November 6, 1935
Best men/Supporters: The Prince of Wales and The Duke of York
Eight bridesmaids: Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. Lady Mary Cambridge, Miss Anne Hawkins, Miss Claire Phipps, Lady Elizabeth Scott, Lady Angela Scott and Miss Moyra Scott.
Princess Elizabeth & Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten - November 20, 1947
Supporter/Best man - Prince Philip's first cousin, the third Marquess of Milford Haven
Eight bridesmaids: HRH Princess Margaret, HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, Lady Elizabeth Lambart, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon Margaret Elphinstone, The Hon Diana Bowes-Lyon
Pages: Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent
Princess Margaret & Antony Armstrong Jones - May 6, 1960
Best man/Supporter: Dr. Roger W. Gilliatt. Originally Jeremy Fry but he was caught in a scandal. In 1952 he had been arrested in Hyde Park, and fined £2 after pleading "guilty to a minor offense."
Eight child bridesmaids, including Princess Anne
|Princess Alexandra & Angus Ogilvy|
Source: British Monarchy - Flickr
Supporter/Best man: Hon Peregrine Fairfax
2 pages and 5 Bridesmaids, including Elizabeth, Archduchess of Austria and Princess Anne
Princess Anne & Captain Mark Philips November 14, 1973
Supporter/Best man - Captain Eric Grounds
Bridesmaid: Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones. Page: Prince Edward. Princess Anne deliberately chose to have only two attendants because of her previous experience as a bridesmaid wrangling 'unruly children.'
Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer July 29, 1981
Supporters/Best men: Prince Andrew and Prince Edward
Bridesmaids: Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones, Catherine Cameron, India Hicks, Clementine Hambro, Sarah Jane Gaselee
Pages: Lord Nicholas Windsor & Edward van Cutsem
Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson - July 23, 1986
Supporter/Best man - Prince Edward
Bridesmaids - Lady Rosanagh Innes-Ker, Miss Laura Fellowes, Miss Zara Philips, Miss Alice Ferguson
Pages: Prince William, Peter Phillips, Andrew Ferguson, Seamus Makim
Prince Edward & Sophie Rhys Jones - June 19, 1999
Supporters/Best man: The Prince of Wales & The Duke of York
Bridesmaids: Camilla Hadden and Olivia Taylor
Pageboys: Harry Warburton and Felix Sowerbutts
Prince William & Catherine Middleton - April 29, 2011
Best man: Prince Harry
Maid of Honor: Pippa Middleton
Bridesmaids: The Lady Louise Windsor, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes,
Pageboys: Master William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton, Master Tom Pettifer
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