Some Day My Prince Will Come

updated 07/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

LISA HALABY & KING HUSSEIN
June 15, 1978, at Zaharan Palace, Jordan

LENGTH OF COURTSHIP: One month

LENGTH OF CEREMONY: Four minutes

YEARS SEPARATING BRIDE & GROOM: 16

NO. OF GROOM'S PREVIOUS WIVES: Three

REALITY CHECK: She gets eight stepchildren

BRIDE'S MARRIED NAME: Queen Noor al-Hussein

MOMENT OF TRUTH: The American Halaby is the only woman at the ceremony

IN-LAW PERK: King paid Lisa's father a dowry

HONEYMOON RETREATS: His Red Sea resort at Aqaba, then on to Scotland

STATUS: Married, with four (more) children

QUEENLY QUOTE (1979): "I don't feel any regrets"

LADY DIANA SPENCER & PRINCE CHARLES
July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral, London

NO. OF BRIDESMAIDS: Five

NO. OF CAKES: 16

SECURITY: 4,000 policemen, 2,228 soldiers

OUTDOOR DECOR: 2½ miles of bunting, 14,000 red geraniums, baskets of petunias, verbena and phlox

WEDDING SONG: "Let the Bright Seraphim," an aria from Handel's oratorio Samson, chosen by Charles

LARGEST ROYAL GUEST: The 350-lb. King of Tonga

BEST GIFT: Priceless tiara, from Queen Elizabeth II

GOOD LUCK CHARM: An 18-karat gold horseshoe tucked in Di's skirts

BAD LUCK OMEN: Days before the wedding, Di discovers that Charles plans to give confidante Camilla Parker Bowles a bracelet

MOMENT OF TRUTH: Di's sister warns, "Your face is on the tea towels, so you're too late to chicken out"

LEAST POPULAR SOUVENIR: A $1,100 commemorative cannon

STATUS: Officially separated

GRACE KELLY & PRINCE RAINIER III
April 19, 1956, at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Monaco

NO. OF BRIDESMAIDS: Seven

ENGAGEMENT RING: The emerald-cut diamond solitaire Kelly wore in High Society

ROYAL TRAINING: Kelly's role in The Swan, about a girl groomed to marry a prince

DOWRY: $2 million from Grace's father, builder Jack Kelly, to cover the wedding

VOW: Je veux

NO. OF JOURNALISTS PRESENT: 1,800

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT: Should the marriage collapse, Rainier gets the children

ROYAL SNUB: Not one European crowned head attends

ROYAL RIPOFF: Thieves make off with $60,000 worth of the guests' jewelry

HONEYMOON: Cruise to Spain and Corsica aboard his yacht

USELESS GIFT: Gold and bone hatchet, from the Speleological Club of Monaco

PRINCESS' JOB DESCRIPTION (1970s): "I work hard in social work, public relations and raising the Grimaldi heirs"

STATUS: Happily wed until the Princess' death in 1982

MASAKO OWADA & NARUHITO, CROWN PRINCE OF JAPAN
June 9, 1993, at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

WEIGHT OF BRIDE'S COURT ROBE: 30 lbs.

SPECIAL SECURITY: 30,000 policemen

NO. OF BANQUETS: Six

COST OF MEALS: $620 per guest

IMPERIAL FAUX PAS: Masako speaks 28 seconds longer than her fiancé at an engagement news conference

MERCHANDISING: Pair of wedding dolls ($2,000); stuffed replicas of Masako's terrier, Chocolat ($28)

PRINCE'S RÉSUMÉ: Studied medieval river traffic on the Thames at Oxford, 1983-85

PRINCESS' RÉSUMÉ: B.A., Harvard, 1985: graduate studies, international relations, Oxford, 1988-90: six years with the Foreign Ministry, Tokyo; 50 hours of Imperial training, 1993

ROYAL GESTURE: Amnesty will be granted to some 30,000 criminals

STATUS: Newlywed

HOPE COOKE &THE CROWN PRINCE OF SIKKIM
March 20, 1963, at the royal chapel, Sikkim

GROOM'S NAME: Palden Thondup Namgyal

LENGTH OF COURTSHIP: Two dates

PRINCESS' QUALIFICATIONS: American debutante; Asian art history major at Sarah Lawrence College

COST OF CEREMONY: $50,000

MUSICAL OFFERINGS: 10-foot Himalayan trumpets; Sikkim Police Bagpipe Band; villagers bring own drums and horns. Switching to a Western mode, a band plays "Dixie"

ENDANGERED GIFTS: Tiger skins and yak tails

BRIDAL RITE: Astrologer draws symbolic animals on Cooke's fingertips with inkless pen

STATUS: Divorced in 1980, two years before the King's death

ASSESSMENT (1993): "Being Queen is not glamorous. I think people now see it as a job and a very hard one"

CURRENT JOB: Leads walking tours of New York City

RITA HAYWORTH & PRINCE ALY KHAN
May 27, 1949, on the French Riviera

CHAMPAGNE CONSUMED: 150 bottles

ODORS WHIFFED: 200 gallons of eau de cologne floating in the Chateau de I'Horizon pool

GIFT FROM HUSBAND: An Alfa Romeo, later exchanged for a custom Pigoni two-seater

GIFT FROM EX-HUSBAND: A spaniel puppy, "Poogles"—her pet name for Orson Welles, to whom she was wed from 1943 to 1948

ROYAL GESTURE: Aly gives 540,000 French francs to the local poor

BRIDAL BONUS: Rita is two months pregnant with daughter Yasmin

COMMON TOUCH: A few days later, brown, black and "bride's blue" copies of Rita's dress are selling at Macy's for $18.74

DURATION OF MARRIAGE: 3½ years

SARAH FERGUSON & PRINCE ANDREW
July 23, 1986, at Westminster Abbey

EMBROIDERY ON TRAIN: Bees, thistles, anchors, waves, hearts and the couple's entwined initials

NO. OF BRIDE'S EXES PRESENT: Two

NO. OF GROOM'S EXES PRESENT: Two

DUPLICATION OF GIFTS: 1,000 crystal glasses, 600 dinner plates, 308 vases, 18 breakfast serving sets, 16 Persian rugs and 12 armchairs

UNDUPLICATED GIFT: Georgian mahogany commode

STATUS: Officially separated

BRIDE'S ADVICE (1992): "Spend a long time before you make your decision, and really, really know your man"

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