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12 royal wedding fails that will have you laughing out loud

Like the time Princess Diana said the wrong name at the altar

By Mehera Bonner  December 13th, 2017

Royal weddings are carefully choreographed affairs that take months of planning by teams in the hundreds — but even the most epically scheduled wedding can go wrong when you factor in the sheer number of people and rituals involved. From the bride saying the wrong name at the altar (yikes!) to a frightened horse ruining your grand procession in the streets to every bride’s horror story: a beautiful couture gown that doesn’t fit. Here are the mistakes, flubs, snafus, and fails you never even knew happened. Take note, Meghan and Harry.

12 royal wedding mishaps 

Diana forgot Prince Charle’s name

Even more amazing than Prince Charles’s messing up his vows was Diana messing up her husband’s name. Instead of referring him as "Charles Philip", she called him "Philip Charles Arthur George". Which, we can all agree, is completely iconic. File under: That feeling when you don’t know your husband’s name, lolz. 

A horse freaked out during William and Kate‘s wedding

Apparently a frightened horse from the Household Cavalry simply could not even when confronted with William and Kate, and freaked out as the couple travelled to Buckingham Palace.The poor horse threw its rider and ran past William and Kate, but fortunately no one was injured, and barely anyone remembers this even happening.

A pouting bridesmaid photobombed William and Kate’s kiss

Honestly though, this was the best part of their wedding. Let’s be real.


Prince Charles messed up his vows

Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding had so many issues it’s hard to keep track. First of all, Prince Charles messed up his vows, offering to give Diana "thy goods’’ (insert one millions LOLs here) instead of his "worldly goods’’. But real blunder came from Diana , so go ahead and swipe right to the next slide. 

Marie Antoinette’s wedding dress was too small for her

Turn out Marie Antoinette’s sumptuous wedding dress was made with incorrect measurements, and didn’t fit her. Apparently, the Duchess of Northumberland said, "the corps of her robe was too small and left quite a broad stripe of lacing and shift quite visible, which had bad effect between two border stripes of diamonds. She really had quite a load of jewels.’’ 

The wind blew up Lady Charlotte Wellesley’s veil

When Lady Charlotte Wellesley (descendant of Queen Victoria and daughter of the Duke of Wellington) married in 2016, the wind caught her veil and lifted it sky high. She didn’t seem too bothered, though, and laughed it off shortly after.


Princess Nathalie forgot her Bouquet

Princess Nathalie zu Syn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg of Denmark forgot her bouquet and had to wait almost 10 minutes for it to arrive before she walked down the aisle. This photo of her waiting — fortunately, she doesn’t look too stressed.

Diana had an awful headache all day

Diana wore the Spencer Family tiara for the duration of her wedding day, and apparently it left her with a splitting headache. ‘"In the evening (after the wedding) we all went on to a semi-private party," the princess’s brother Charles Spencer said. "And she was there and she seemed incredibly relaxed and happy and I just remember she had a cracking headache too, because she wasn’t used to wearing a tiara all morning.’’ Getting married with a headache isn’t the *worst* thing in the world, but still. Not ideal. 

Diana’s bridesmaid tripped and started crying

This moment is more sweet than disastrous, but legend has it that a 5-year-old bridesmaid in Diana’s wedding (who, FYI happened to be Winston Churchill’s grand-daughter) tripped on her dress and started crying. Diana reportedly asked her if she’d "bumped her bottom,’’ which is just about the most British sentence we’ve heard.

Princess Diana’s dress was completely wrinkled

Diana’s wedding dress is understandably one of the most iconic royal gowns out there (so puffy and 80’s!), but no one anticipated how wrinkled it would get during the carriage ride to St. Paul’s Cathedral. As you can see in this photo, the dress (and accompanying 25-foot train) was infamously rumpled. 

Queen Elizabeth’s tiara broke on the morning of her wedding

Queen Elizabeth II was given the fringe tiara (made in 1919 for Queen Mary) to wear when she married Prince Philips in 1947 — and it broke the morning of her wedding. "The fringe tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day, and the hairdresser broke it,’’ royal jeweller House of Garrard tells MarieClaire.com. "On that day, they had it police-escorted to the House of Garrard workshops. We fixed the tiara that morning, had it sent back to Queen Elizabeth, and then she got married in it, You don’t expect the royals to have those mix-ups, but they do!’’ The tiara clearly survived the snafu, because Elizabeth’s daughter Princess Anne wore it on her wedding day as well. (FYI, the piece can also be worn as a necklace.)