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6-10-2015, 10:23


Andrew and Sarah were married at Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service and Prince Edward was his supporter.

The bride wore a duchesse satin dress designed by Lindka Cierach, a London-based designer. It had a scooped neck, with embroidery and bugle beads. The shoulders were padded and had bows. The full-length skirt had a bow on the back, leading to a seventeen-foot-long train. The train had various items embroidered on it relevant to the couple's life, such as A and S for Andrew and Sarah, and an anchor for Andrew's naval career. Her headdress was made up of gardenias and, at the end of the ceremony, the flowers were taken away to show a diamond tiara, lent by the Queen. Her bouquet was in an 'S' shape with lilies, yellow roses, gardenias, lilies of the valley and a sprig of myrtle. The Duke wore his Naval Lieutenant's uniform.

Sarah had four bridesmaids and four page-boys, including Zara Philips, Prince William and Peter Philips. The girls were in pale peach ballerina length dresses, carrying hoops dressed with flowers, and flowers in their hair. The boys wore outfits modeled on Royal Navy midshipmen's uniforms from 1782 with straw boaters.

The wedding breakfast was again held at Buckingham Palace where guests were served lamb with mint sauce, stuffed eggs and strawberries and cream. The wedding caked was six foot tall, with six tiers.

The couple had a wedding party for 300 guests at Claridges Hotel in London and honeymooned in the Azores.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson on the day their engagement was announced.