Past royals from Queen Victoria to Wallis Simpson have done it, and increasingly other brides are shaking up tradition

Meghan Markle will not be the first royal bride to be walked down the aisle by someone other than her father – a practice wedding experts say has become increasingly common in modern ceremonies.

Queen Victoria, whose father died from pneumonia when she was eight months old, was given away by her uncle Prince Augustus Frederick, the Duke of Sussex, in 1840. She went on to walk her fifth and youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, down the aisle when Beatrice married Prince Henry in 1885.

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