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royal wedding Saturday, 19 June, 1999, 22:09 GMT 23:09 UK
Hats off to wedding fashion
royal family waving off Edward and Sophie
The evening dresses added extra glamour to the occasion
Prince Edward and his bride broke with tradition when they decided how guests should dress for their wedding.

Royal Wedding
Due to the late timing of the ceremony at 1700 BST, female guests had been asked to wear formal evening dresses, although not balldresses which could be too low cut for the marriage service.

They had also been asked not to wear hats - although a few women, including the Queen Mother - decided to wear them despite this request.

Queen
The Queen compromised with a headdress...
Most women attending the service chose to wear either long or calf-length dresses, and many wore shawls or wraps to cover up bare shoulders in the church.

The Queen had a light wrap around her shoulders during the service - a change from the jackets she usually wears.

Like some of the other female guests, she also chose to wear a headdress rather than leaving her head entirely uncovered.

Queen Mother
...while the Queen Mother went a step further and wore a hat
The Frederick Fox headdress had lilac coque feathers and pearl stamens which had been dyed to match her Hardy Amies evening dress.

The Queen Mother, who is rarely seen in public without a hat, wore a blue hat decorated with feathers to match her outfit.

Princess Margaret and the Princess Royal both chose to wear simple feather headdresses.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles wore a grey morning suit
The bride's mother Mary Rhys-Jones, who wore a long orange dress and matching jacket, attended her daughter's wedding bare-headed.

The Prince of Wales caused some surprise by wearing a grey morning suit, instead of the traditional black jacket and striped trousers, which were worn by the bridegroom and the Duke of York.

Prince Edward's gold waistcoat was specially designed by John Kent.

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