Smell is the one sense closely linked to memory. Think about how a whiff of apple pie or the familiar scent of Mama’s perfume triggers childhood memories. So it’s no wonder many brides take the time to invest in the perfect fragrance to commemorate their special day—a tiny dab here and a little mist there can evoke precious memories of your walk down the aisle for years to come. That desire to sniff out nostalgia is no different for our favorite royal ladies, as Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, and the Duchess of Cambridge all reportedly wore different perfumes to complement their bridal gowns and stunning tiaras. If smells ring wedding bells, then these signature scents are certainly royally-approved.
Thanks to Marie Claire U.K., we have all the details on their preferred fragrances (some confirmed, others speculated)—and how you, too, can smell like a princess on your wedding day.
Queen Elizabeth II: “White Rose” by Floris
Although Her Majesty has never openly revealed the exact perfume she wore to say "I do," The Telegraph UK has reported that her favorite fragrance is White Rose by British beauty company Floris. It is rumored to be her aroma of choice because it’s reminiscent of her favorite flower, the carnation. In addition, Floris has been the go-to brand of the royal family for almost two hundred years. Princess tested, Queen approved. You can also try these budget-friendly Floris options that have the same floral notes: Luxury soap set and shower gel.
BUY IT: White Rose Eau De Toilette Spray; $83.06; amazon.com
Diana, Princess of Wales: “Quelques Fleurs” by Houbigant Paris
One of the most revered members of the British royal family, Lady Di’s chosen wedding fragrance actually came about as a result of an accident. According to Brides, just before Diana was set to make her grand entrance, she was attempting to cover up a stain on her now-iconic wedding gown, when she accidentally spilled too much of the signature perfume on herself. No one seemed to notice, and “The People’s Princess” proved that even royalty can have wedding-day mishaps. Sample vials, body powder, and body creams are also available on Amazon, containing the fragrance’s top notes of orange blossom and citrus, with middle and base notes of carnation, orchid, jasmine, and lilac.
BUY IT: Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Eau De Parfum Spray for Women; $100.40; amazon.com
Kate Middleton aka The Duchess of Cambridge: “White Gardenia Petals” by Illuminum
Confirmed by Clarence House, the Duchess wore this coveted jasmine and gardenia scent in 2011 to complement her bouquet that was filled with lily of the valley flowers. What was once a relatively unknown British brand immediately rose to popularity when news broke of her preferred spritz that day. Dubbed as "Kate Middleton Perfume," the fragrance immediately sold out within minutes of Clarence House’s announcement, and it’s still hard to come by. No worries! The brand’s Rose Oud perfume is also a great alternative.
BUY IT: Illuminum Rose Oud Vaporizor Perfume; $105.00; amazon.com
We should note that Kate reportedly requested that Westminster Abbey, the location of her wedding, be sprayed with Jo Malone scents. Orange Blossom, Grapefruit and Lime, and Basil and Mandarin candles by the English brand were placed throughout the church. Perhaps this is a more practical option for brides who are either allergic to perfume or don’t want to wear it on their wedding day.
BUY IT: Jo Malone “Orange Blossom” Scented Home Candle; $88.00; amazon.com
If you've got a serious case of style envy when it comes to the royals, here's to at least smelling like the regal women across the pond.