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5 royal brides for May

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on her wedding day, May 14th 2004

May weddings have been popular with royal brides in the 21st century. Maybe it's the hint of summer in the air, maybe it's the fact it's not holiday season so there's no need to co-ordinate invitations with royal holiday plans - whatever it is, several very famous royal brides of the last fifteen years have said 'I do' in the month of May. Here are five women who walked down the aisle and into royal history in May.


Mary Elizabeth Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark on May 14th 2004
The spring of 2004 was a big one for royal weddings and first to walk down the aisle that month of May was Mary Donaldson who wed the handsome prince she'd met in her home country of Australia almost four years earlier. Mary became Crown Princess of Denmark in Copenhagen Cathedral when she married the heir to the country's throne, Frederik, in a ceremony attended by royalty from around the world. Her dress, by Uffe Frank, divided opinion but she was a happy and beautiful bride.

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano married Felipe, Prince of Asturias on May 22nd 2004
Just eight days later, former journalist Letizia Ortiz married the then heir to the Spanish throne in another ceremony packed with kings, queens, princes and princesses. Letizia was a convtroversial bride as she had been married once before. Her wedding to Felipe, Prince of Asturias at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid was watched by millions. The bride wore a dress by Spanish designer, Manuel Pertegaz. On June 19th 2014, she became Queen of Spain on the accession of her husband as King Felipe VI.


Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst married Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands on May 19th 2001
Always known by her middle name, Laurentien Brinkhorst became the first daughter-in-law of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in May 2001 when she married the youngest of the three royal sons, Prince Constantijn, in The Hague. Their civil ceremony took place on May 17th with the religious marriage taking place on May 19th at the Grote of St Jacobskerk in front of royal guests from around Europe. Also in the congregation was Maxima Zorreguieta who would become a royal bride herself nine months later. Princess Laurentien's husband, Constantijn, is now fourth in line to the throne of the Netherlands.


Autumn Patricia Kelly married Peter Phillips on May 17th 2008
We got another double dose of May royal weddings in 2008 and the first bride of that spring was Autumn Kelly who married the eldest grandchild of the Queen, Peter Phillips, in a service at Windsor that caused quite a stir as the happy couple had sold their wedding photos to Hello magazine. Autumn Kelly wore a dress by Sassi Holford for her marriage St George's Chapel, Windsor and in the congregation was a certain Kate Middleton. Peter Phillips was the first of the Queen's grandchildren to marry and the couple now have two daughters, Savannah and Isla.

Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier married Prince Joachim of Denmark on May 24th 2008
The second royal wedding of May 2008 saw Marie Cavallier become the second wife of the second son of Margrethe II of Denmark. Marie, who was born in Paris, married Prince Joachim at Mogeltonder Church in a dress from Arasa Morelli with royalty from around Europe in the congregation. The couple now have two children, Henrik and Athena, together.


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