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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden married her ex-personal trainer this weekend and, in front of 1,200 attendees (and 500 million television viewers around the world) walked down the aisle in a Pär Engsheden gown that featured a 16.5 foot train, attached at the waist.
According to the experts at WedAlert, different length trains on wedding gowns are worn in different circumstances. There are gowns with Floor Length Trains, which looks like having no train at all, which are worn during semi-formal or informal weddings. Sweeping Trains just brush the floor and are worn during semi-formal weddings—and on red carpets by celebrities. Chapel Length Trains are the most common, spanning about four feet from the waistline. A Semi-Cathedral Length Train is between four and seven feet long, and appears on semi- and formal gowns. Cathedral Length Trains are popular for the "fairy tale look" and run about 7.5 feet from the waistline—often these trains can be bustled or removed for dancing.
As for royals, including Princess Diana, the Royal Train (a.k.a. the Monarch Train) is the train to have—generally, this falls nine feet from the waist.
· Swedish Princess Victoria’s Wedding Dress Had a 16.5-Foot Train [The Cut]
· Wedding gown terms: Train lengths [WedAlert]