While many royal weddings don't garner the attention of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, they don't lack in lavishness.
While many royal weddings don't garner the attention of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, they don't lack in lavishness. This week, Indonesia is celebrating a three-day royal affair as Sultan Hamengkubuwono X's fourth daughter marries her boyfriend of 10 years. The traditional festivities kicked off on Monday, and 750 guests were invited to the ceremony. Wednesday will mark the end of the celebrations, with a wedding parade featuring 12 horse-drawn carriages. Likewise, in September, Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi said "I do" to Viktoria Cservenyak during a beautiful ceremony in the Netherlands. The royal couple's nuptials followed in the footsteps of Prince Félix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher, who also enjoyed a more lavish wedding in September after a small civil ceremony.
These couples' weddings are part of a long tradition of elaborate royal weddings around the world. Last year, Luxembourg treated its Crown Prince Guillaume to an extravagant affair when he married Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The celebration, which reportedly cost around $650,000 and was funded by taxpayers, spanned multiple days and included a guest list packed with kings, queens, and other royals from around the world. In Brunei, Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, the fifth daughter of Brunei's sultan, married Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini at her father's 1,700-room palace in front of 3,000 guests. A state dinner followed, and Queen Elizabeth II even sent her best wishes.
These royals make up some of the lesser-known but just as regal royals of the world. And just like the Brits, they know how to throw opulent weddings for members of their families. From the wedding for the future emperor of Japan in 1924 to Grace Kelly's Monaco spectacular in 1956 to Will and Kate's big day on April 29, 2011, here is a guide to the world's royal weddings over the years.