TV's 7 Most Memorable Royal Weddings

Dana Getz

Ever since the first royal wedding was broadcast in 1960, such events have ballooned into cross-continental spectacles.

Approximately 300 million tuned in for the ceremony of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, the first to be televised; 750 million for Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981; and an estimated 2 billion for Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 (there's been some debate about the validity of that total, but it was, inarguably, Britain's most-watched marriage thus far).

Along the way, though, there have also been a number of other royal TV weddings  — fictional, but in many cases, no less elaborate. On the heels of the announcement that Suits actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will head down the aisle next May, now seems like an apt time to look back at TV's most memorable royal weddings. Click through the gallery above for a look back at all the romance and drama (and occasional massacre).