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Incredible royal wedding venues around the world

As Pippa Middleton's wedding gets underway this weekend, we look back at royal wedding venues through the years. 

Westminster Abbey, England

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. It was one of the world’s most highly anticipated and most watched weddings in history, with an estimated two billion people in every time zone having tuned into the ceremony, as well as the crew of the International Space Station.

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The Duke of Cambridge had previously walked down the aisle of the nearly 1,000 year-old abbey as a pageboy for the wedding of his uncle Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in July 23, 1986. The couple had two children (Prince Beatrice and Princess Eugenie) but divorced 10 years later in 1996.

Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were married in November 1947 at the historic abbey. For austerity reasons, after years of war, very little extra seating was provided at the wedding which was attended by around 2,000 guests.  

St Paul's Cathedral, England

The lavish nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana were held in St Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981, which was an anomaly at the time for a Royal wedding to not be held at the Royal church.

The only royal wedding held at St Paul’s Cathedral before theirs was 480 years earlier in November 1501, when Prince Arthur (the eldest son of King Henry VII) was married to Princess Catherine (the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon).

Following the death of Prince Arthur just five months after their marriage, Princess Catherine wed his brother (Prince Henry) who became the infamous King Henry VIII.

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Windsor Castle, England

Prince Edward, the youngest son of the Queen, wed Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones at the St George's Chapel of Windsor Castle on June 19, 1999. The 15th-century chapel is the resting place of 10 monarchs and is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world.  

The preferred weekend home of the Queen, Windsor Castle was originally built by William the Conqueror after the Norman invasion. It has since been used by all monarchs, making it the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The Queen, who takes up official residence at the castle each Easter uses the house to entertain political leaders or foreign diplomats.

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Windsor Guildhall, England

Prince Charles was later married to Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, in a civil wedding ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall (pictured), which is near the castle, in 2005.

St James's Palace, England

Queen Victoria, who evenutally proposed to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha despite previous resistance to wedlock, was married at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace in London on February 10, 1840. 

Château de Candé, France

This wedding of Edward VIII and Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson was the most controversial wedding in modern royal history. Edward VIII, the uncle of Queen Elizabeth II, abdicated his position less than a year into his reign so that he could marry – in defiance of establishment opprobrium – the despised American divorcée. The couple were married in the library of a French castle - the Château de Candé in the commune of Monts, Indre-et-Loire - on June 3, 1937.

Despite the presence of Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston, and Baron Eugène Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family, the wedding was far humbler than the pomp of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

Palace of Monaco

American actress Grace Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco in April 19, 1956. The pair were wed at the Palace of Monaco, where the Princess wore a fairytale dress that became one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time, setting the standard for royal wedding gowns.

“Though, from the outside, it looks more like a big sanatorium than a palace, the Grimaldi pad is grandly Renaissance within, from the fresco’d and be-columned courtyard to apartments effusive with flamboyant décor. The brother of our George III died in the Duke of York chamber in 1765, conceivably from an excess of gilt and stucco,” describes Telegraph Travel’s Monaco expert Anthony Peregrine.  

“Leaving the Palace, take in the all-round views from the square, the glorious rock-side St Martin gardens and Monaco’s cathedral. The tombs of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace are to the left of the choir," he adds.

Almudena Cathedral, Spain

Felipe VI, the king of Spain, married journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid on May 22, 2004. It was the first royal wedding held in the cathedral, which was consecrated by Pope John Paul II back in 1993, and the first royal wedding the city had seen in nearly a century.

Stockholm Palace, Sweden

The king of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, was married to Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath in June 1976 at the Stockholm Cathedral, while two of their three children were married at the Royal Chapel (pictured) of the Stockholm Palace.

The beautiful, historic residence of perhaps "the most normal royal family in the world" is worth a visit to explore the palace's three museums and the lavish Royal Apartments, which feature, among others, Gustav III's state bedchamber, Oskar II's writing room, and the redesigned King Carl Gustaf's Jubilee Room.

Oslo Cathedral, Norway

The king of Norway, Harald V, as well as his eldest son Prince Haakon, were married at the Oslo Cathedral in 1968 and 2001, respectively, while his daughter Princess Märtha Louise was wed at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on May 24, 2002.

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg

The current Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Grand Duke Henri, and his eldest son Grand Duke Guillaume were both married at the only cathedral in Luxembourg in 1981 and 2012, respectively. Originally a Jesuit church, the structure is known for its Gothic architecture with Renaissance elements.

Basilique de Sainte Marie-Madeleine, France

But Prince Félix, the second son of Grand Duke Henri, was married to Claire Lademacher at the Basilique de Sainte Marie-Madeleine in the south of France, which is dedicated to Mary Magdalene.

Royal Palace, Jordan

Queen Rania married the king of Jordan, Abdullah bin al-Hussein, on June 10, 1993 at the Royal Palace in Amman, the capital of Jordan, which also serves as the couple's residence. The pair welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to the palace back in 2013 during their royal tour of the Middle East

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