Royal weddings compared: The four most expensive Royal Weddings of ALL TIME - revealed

ROYAL WEDDINGS are lavish events which carry hefty price tags. These are the four most expensive royal weddings of all time.

Britain has enjoyed a spate of royal weddings of late. Three members tied the knot last year and is due to marry in 2020. As the UK ramps up for another royal wedding, takes a look at the priciest royal nuptials of all time.

Mention the phrase royal wedding and several couples will immediately spring to mind including Princess Diana and Charles and more recently Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles had their iconic royal wedding at Westminster Abbey on July 29, 1981

While Diana and Charles big day is etched into the mind of royal fans who saw it, it is not the most expensive wedding of all time.

That title goes to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his wife Princess Salama.

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Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: The four most expensive Royal Weddings of ALL TIME - revealed (Image: GETTY)

Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: Princes Diana and Charles' wedding in 1981 (Image: GETTY)

1.) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Princess Salama - £81 million (2008)

The Abu Dhabi prince broke the record for the most expensive royal wedding of all time when he tied the knot with Princess Salama in 2008.

According to CBS news the seven day wedding cost a whopping £81 million ($100 million) and went on for seven days.

A 20,000 seat stadium was specially built for the week-long nuptials.

Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi married Princess Salama in 2008 (Image: GETTY)

Royal weddings compared

Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles' wedding (Image: GETTY)

2.) Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles - £57 million (1981)

When Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s big day was dubbed “the wedding of the century” and with good reason.

The spectacular St Paul's Cathedral nuptials were broadcast and watched by millions around the world.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress alone cost £11,000 ($13,000) but the biggest expense was security and crowd control.

An eye-watering £490,000 ($600,000) was spent on security alone with taxpayers contributing towards the bill,as is royal tradition in Britain.

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3.) Meghan Markle Prince Harry - £32 million (2018)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding was a global phenomenon.

The ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor captured the hearts of royal fans everywhere and marked a new era for the British Royal Family.

Former actress Meghan is the first person of colour to join the British Royal Family and her American roots add to its global appeal.

There ceremony cost an estimated £32 million ($39 million) - £30 million ($36 million) of which was spent on security and funded by the British taxpayer.

Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: Meghan and Harry's wedding was the most expensive in recent years (Image: GETTY)

Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: They married in Windsor in May 2018 (Image: GETTY)

4.) Prince William and Kate - £30 million (2011)

Years before Meghan and Harry had even met the world was wowed by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s and Prince William’s spectacular royal wedding.

Prince William tried the knot with Kate at Westminster Abbey.

The royal wedding took place on April 29, 2011, and cost a reported £30 million ($36 million).

Kate’s dress cost an extraordinary £355,000 ($434,000) but security was the largest expense.

Around £26,000 (£32 million) was spend on police and security for their big day.

Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: Kate and Wills tied the knot in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

Royal weddings compared

Royal weddings compared: Kate and Wills' royal wedding was spectacular (Image: GETTY)

Another spectacular royal wedding of note which did not quite make the top few was Hollywood actress Grace Kelly’s marriage to Monaco Prince Rainier III on April 19, 1956.

The guest list of 700 included Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Conrad Hilton, and of course, royals.

While the full cost of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 has not been disclosed it was without doubt one of the most lavish to date.

Their grand wedding at Westminster Abbey took place on November 20, 1947 and included eight bridesmaids, a radio broadcast to some 200 million listeners around the world, and perfectly executed carriage processions.

Princess Beatrice will set a new precedent when she marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year.

While her sister Princess Eugenie received around £2 million taxpayer funding towards her big day, Bea’s will be paid for privately.

While the Royal Family traditionally foot the bill for the more personal aspects of the couple’s wedding, such as flowers and reception costs the taxpaying public usually help towards security costs.

However, when Beatrice marries Edoardo next year, the couple and their families will pay for the big day.