Sarah Ferguson swapped her wedding dress for an eye-catching outfit at a royal wedding – and wow

Nicholas Murphy

Sarah FergusonThe puff-sleeved wedding dress is one of the most iconic royal wedding outfits of all time, but it changed into another ensemble later that day that has been largely forgotten.

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After saying “Yes” to Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986, the Duchess of York and her ex-husband Prince Andrew enjoyed a wedding party at Claridges Hotel before flying to the Azores for their honeymoon.

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She was pictured waving to the royal crowd in a horse-drawn carriage as she made her way to Heathrow Airport on their wedding night. Sarah had swapped her Lindka Cierach wedding dress for a blue and white floral ensemble, including a short-sleeved peplum jacket with a cinched waist and a pleated ankle-length skirt.

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Accessorizing to perfection, Sarah added white heels and a matching bouquet as she boarded the plane, which was likely carrying a suitcase pre-packed with everything she would need for her five days on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Meanwhile, Andrew wore a classic black suit and white shirt.

Sarah and Andrew were pictured leaving for their honeymoon

Earlier today, Andrew wore his black military uniform and his bride wore an ivory silk wedding dress which reportedly cost £35,000. Her 17-foot-long undercarriage was embroidered with the initials A and S in silver beads and featured symbols including anchors and waves representing Prince Andrew’s sailing history.

Sarah spoke about her dress in her 1997 memoir My Story, describing it as “an exquisite creation in which I had lost twenty-six pounds. Lindka was a genius; I knew she could make the most flattering dress in all the time, and she was incredibly boned, like a corset.

The Duchess of York wore a floral ensemble

The QueenSarah’s son proposed to Sarah in March 1986 with a rare cluster ring adorned with a Burmese ruby ​​surrounded by ten sparkling diamonds. The couple married in July of the same year before separating in 1992 and divorcing in 1996.

They remained close friends after their separation and even continued to live together at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, leading many to wonder if they would ever remarry.

The royal bride wore a Lindka Cierach wedding dress

Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2018, Sarah answered the question: “So many people have asked me this but we are so happy with the way we are at the moment. We enjoy each other’s company; we allow us to flourish. I know it sounds like a fairy tale, but that’s who we are.”

She continued: “July 23, 1986 was the happiest day of my life. Andrew is the best man I know. What he does for Britain is amazing; no one knows how hard he works hard for his country.

“My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I am by his side and always will be. The way we are is our fairy tale. Although we are not a couple, we truly believe in the each other. The Yorks are a family. We showed it. You saw it at the wedding.

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