What fragrances do the royals wear? All their favourite scents, from Victoria to Meghan Markle

From Meghan Markle’s scent du jour to Queen Victoria’s personal blend, here are the perfumes that your favourite royals like to spritz.

You’re probably a lot more like Meghan Markle than you think – well, in some senses. The future royal wears Marks & Spencer (a £45 knit), is a skincare aficiando and has a high street fragrance on her dressing table.

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Read on to find out which perfumes your favourite royal women are said to wear – and where you too can buy them.

Meghan Markle

According to the DJs she met at radio station Reprezent in Brixton, Meghan Markle is said to smell like roses, but the 36-year-old is apparently a big fan of British fragrance brand Jo Malone. Meghan reportedly loves both the Wild Bluebell and Wood Sage & Sea Salt colognes, which you can buy for £45.


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Another scent Meghan’s said to love is Oribe’s Cote d’Azur Eau de Parfum, a “light, floral scent reminiscent of the legendary destination”.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

Kate’s another Jo Malone fan – she had the company's Orange Blossom candles lit in Westminster Abbey on her 2011 wedding day. She wore Illuminium’s White Gardenia Petals for the nuptials: the 'delicate and refined' perfume is pretty hard to get hold of though as it sold out within days of the wedding – if you’re in luck, you might find some on eBay. For a similar scent, try Marc Jacobs’ Woman which shares the same top notes of Bergamot and Gardenia, but is on the muskier side.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana wasn’t one to follow tradition and the scent she wore on her wedding day to Prince Charles was no exception.


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She is said to have worn Hermès 24, Faubourg, a breezy, sunny, white floral perfume that was extremely modern – other royal brides before her were likely to have worn heavy florals.

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Princess Margaret

Definitely the royal we all secretly wanted to be (hello Mustique!), Princess Margaret was known for wearing Oscar de la Renta’s Volupte, a sharp, oriental fragrance with notes of carnation, jasmine, melon and mandarin along with incense and amber.


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The perfect accessory to her amazing kaftans worn in Mustique.

Queen Elizabeth II

Although the Queen has never officially confirmed her favourite scent, royal experts speculate that the Queen wears White Rose by Floris, a British beauty company that has held a royal warrant since 1820.


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White Rose is a burst of carnations, the Queen’s favourite flower.

Queen Victoria

Believe it or not, Queen Victoria’s favourite fragrance, Creed Fleurs De Bulgaire, has stood the test of time and is still available today.

According to perfumier Creed, the original fragrance was created for Queen Victoria in the 19th century, and is described as a celebration of roses with Bulgarian roses at its heart. The version available today is modern interpretation based on the original.

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