British Royal couples in their second year of marriage: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip 1949; The Prince and Princess of Wales 1983; The Duke and Duchess of York 1988; The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence 1994; The Earl and Countess of Wessex 2001; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2013
Sarah and Andrew looking at Edwards shirt
The Bridal gown of Sarah Ferguson for her wedding to Prince Andrew, Duke of York on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey.
It was designed by Lindka Cierach and made out of ivory duchesse satin and featured heavy beading. The beadwork incorporated various symbols including hearts representing romance, anchors and waves representing Prince Andrew’s sailing background and bumblebees and thistles, which were taken from Sarah Ferguson’s family crest. A feature of Sarah Ferguson’s 17 foot long train was the intertwined initials A and S sewn in silver beads. The head-dress and bouquet, fabric rosettes or artificial silk flowers were used to adorn the gown itself. Ferguson was pleased with the dress, describing it in her 1997 memoir, My Story, as “an exquisite creation I’d lost twenty-six pounds to fit into. Lindka was a genius; I knew she could make the most flattering gown ever, and she had. It was amazingly boned, like a corset. The ivory silk wedding dress became the season’s most sought-after style.