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Most iconic Indian royal jewellery and wedding ensembles of all time

For many generations, the royal families have been the style icons and trendsetters of India. The queens in particular were regal fashionistas, with a cultured and sophisticated taste in fashion. They had access to the best craftsman, couturiers and jewellers of the world, so they carefully curated their look to perfection.  Their distinct style brings with it a regal aura that is both iconic and admirable. As royal brides they were the cynosure of everyone’s eyes and the modern bride can take inspiration from their majestic wedding trousseaus. Decoding royal bridal looks over the years; we bring to you some of the most magnificent looks created through the years.

Maharani Gayatri Devi

The Maharani Gayatri Devi  and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II on their wedding day

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Maharani Gayatri Devi had an impeccable sartorial style that is still etched in the minds of many. She was renowned for her signature look of beautiful chiffon saris, accessorized with classic pearls.  On her wedding day in 1940, the then princess of Cooch Behar chose to wear a bandhani silk printed sari which was a bold and gorgeous choice for the grand occasion. The drape also incorporated a wide, gold zari border, complete with an equally exquisite pallu. The princess bride evoked simple elegance for her wedding and wore a stunning Rajasthani borla on her forhead, with chandelier earrings.  The Maharani may have also worn beautiful necklaces that were covered up by her sari. Her bridal look was all about understated and sophisticated, which has been captured beautifully in the black and white images of that time. Maharani Gayatri Devi was the epitome of grace and poise, an inspiration for modern day brides who wish to emulate her elegance.

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Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore’s wedding to the ninth Nawab of Pataudi was the coming together of two big celebrities of the time. In 1969, when the biggest movie star tied the knot with the cricketer prince it was a real match made in heaven.  She wore a golden red silk, wedding lehenga, which would later be passed down to her daughter-in-law Kareena Kapoor Khan for her wedding day. The shimmering lehenga was heavily embroidered, with scalloped edges and completed with a broad pastel green hemline. The new royal wore a choker style necklace, featuring glittering gemstones with earrings to match. Also included were the customary bangles and an ornate maangtika, completing her bridal look perfectly. If you too wish to go the regal route, opt for a bejewelled choker necklace that complements the accent of the embroidery on your ensemble.

Sharmila Tagore and Tiger Pataudi

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Mriganka Singh

When Mriganka Singh, a princess of the royal family of Jammu & Kashmir wed another scion of the Patiala royal family, the affair was as lavish as one would have imagined. In 2017, she had two wedding ceremonies, the first being the Anand Karaj and the second as per Kashmiri Dogra customs. This modern-day princess was styled for the Anand Karaj ceremony in traditional garb, featuring a bright orangey red ensemble embellished with golden embroidery that was accessorized with a layered gemstone necklace featuring, a striking nath, maangtika, bangles and rings. For the Kashmiri style wedding, she chose a deep red ensemble with gold embroidery featuring large lotus motifs. She completed her look with a modern diamond maathapathi and diamond necklaces. The young princess actively participates in the modern fashion scene and has even walked the ramp for some of the Indian couture designers. She is often featured in fashion editorials for style magazines and is a truly modern woman.

Mriganka Singh with Nirvan Singh at the Anand Karaj ceremony

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Mriganka Singh with her husband at their Kashmiri style wedding ceremony

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Trishika Kumari Devi 

Trishika Kumari Devi is from the royal family of Dungarpur dynasty in Rajasthan and is now the Queen of Mysore after her wedding to Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar who is the titular head of the Wodeyar dynasty. Held in 2016, this was a royal wedding after four decades at Mysore palace and the princess wore classic south Indian bridal wear and wedding jewellery for her nuptials. She wore an orange and magenta Mysore silk sari, with gold brocade motifs woven through it. She completed her wedding look with temple jewellery featuring a maathapathi, intricate gold necklaces and kadas. Trishika Kumari Devi paid homage to traditional sentiments in her choice of trousseau and looked like the perfect south Indian royal bride!

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Gayatri Kumari Pal

The princess of the Himalayan kingdom of Askot, Gayatri Kumari Pal married the Prince of Jodhpur in a lavish ceremony in 2010. This wedding was attended by the who’s who of Indian royalty, Bollywood as well as names from the British entertainment industry like Mick Jagger and Judi Dench, to name a few. A scarlet lehenga was especially taken out of the Mehrangarh Fort Museum in Jodhpur and restored to be worn by the bride on her D-day. In total, nine pieces of jewellery are said to have been worn by the royal bride, featuring heavy ornaments that included polki, Basra pearls and the traditional gold accents. Wish to go big on your wedding day? Take all the inspiration you need from this royal bride.

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Every bride should look and feel like a queen on her wedding day. The Indian brides from the royal families from all over India are the perfect inspiration for the modern bride.

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