Princess Eugenie's dress was nothing like her mother's – except this special detail

By Meaghan Wray

All eyes were on Princess Eugenie as she made her way down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel. Jaws visibly dropped as the royal bride debuted her wedding look – from her glittering tiara to her stunning Peter Pilotto gown to her glowing beauty look, not a detail was amiss. And while it appears that Eugenie didn’t take too much inspiration from her mom’s wedding look back in 1986, there is one aspect of the dress that serves as a nod to the Duchess of York.

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While their gowns were very different, it’s in the embroidery where the two looks find their commonality. The symbols on Eugenie’s custom-designed fabric are a nod to the York family’s heritage, including thistles for Scotland and their fondness for Balmoral Castle, a shamrock for Ireland, the York rose and ivy as a tribute to their home, Ivy Cottage and Kensington Palace. Sarah’s gown was adorned with symbolic silver beading showing hearts, anchors and waves to represent Andrew’s love for sailing – as well as bumblebees and thistles, both fixtures of Sarah’s family crest.

When Sarah, 58, walked down the Westminster Abbey aisle to wed Eugenie’s dad, Prince Andrew, she donned a truly flamboyant ’80s dress designed by British couturier Lindka Cierach. Featuring a rounded neckline, accentuated shoulders and billowing sleeves, the gown was an instant classic at the time and copied widely for royal admirers to wear. Along with her sister-in-law Princess Diana, the two royal brides were the ultimate bridal style icons of their time.

For the modern bride, however, the over-the-top creation wouldn’t hold up to current trends, where less is often more. So it’s no surprise that Eugenie went her own way when it came to her dream dress. Designed by London-based label Peter Pilotto, the princess’s gown featured a sailor-style neckline ­– which showed off her décolletage, shoulders and upper-back – along with a fitted waist and a full skirt. And rather than borrowing her mom’s York Diamond Tiara, she donned the Queen’s show-stopping Greville Emerald Kokoshnik topper.

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