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Watch Past Royal Wedding Highlights: Will and Kate, Charles and Diana and More

The ghosts of royal weddings past! In honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal nuptials, Us Weekly is taking a trip down memory lane.

While Harry and Markle are set to wed in front of 600 guests at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19, other couples have already made the trip down the (royal) aisle.

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Duchess Kate and Prince William share a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after a lavish wedding ceremony at Westminister Abbey, April 29, 2011. Camden/INFphoto.com

Prince William & Duchess Kate 
Before they were officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey after dating on and off since 2003. Kate stunned in a long sleeve, lace Alexander McQueen dress and one of Queen Elizabeth II’s tiaras as they exchanged vows in front of  1,900 guests, including Elton John and David and Victoria Beckham.

Harry served as William’s best man, while Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, was her maid of honor. After a carriage ride to Buckingham Palace, the newlyweds were cheered on by adoring citizens as they shared two kisses on the palace balcony. The ceremony was viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, with 23 million U.S. viewers.

The pair recently celebrated their seven-year wedding anniversary and have two children: Prince George, 4, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, who was born on April 26.

Meghan Markle’s Family: Everything We Know About the Royal In-Laws

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, July 29, 1981. Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Prince Charles & Princess Diana 
Years before William and Harry were born, Prince Charles and Princess Diana wed on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s cathedral in front of 3,500 guests. Diana, who was only 19 at the time, looked gorgeous in a gown designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel that had such a long train it barely fit in the carriage she rode in to the ceremony.

The duo were the first couple to share kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of the crowd and 750 million people around the world watched their nuptials.

Charles and Diana welcomed William and Harry in 1982 and 1984, respectively, but their marriage ultimately ended in divorce in August 1996. Diana died after a car accident in August 1997 at 36 years old.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding: Everything We Know So Far

Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip 
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip exchanged wedding vows on November 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey. The queen wore a beautiful ivory silk Sir Normal Hartnell gown with 10,000 pearls on it.

Queen Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids, including her younger sister, Princess Margaret, while Prince Phillip’s best man was his cousin, David Mountbatten, the third Marquees of Milford Haven. There were 2,500 guests in attendance, including six kings and seven queens. Their wedding was broadcasted on the radio to millions of listeners.

The couple have been married for more than 70 years and share four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. 

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Modern Russian Dumplings That Nod to the Past

At Luda’s Dumplings, where he is the chef, Eugene pledged to follow his mother’s precepts — always use the freshest ingredients; mix everything by hand — if not exactly her recipe. The dough, for example, is made with organic flour and is “not as soft” as with traditional pelmeni, he said; growing up in Sheepshead Bay, a historically Italian neighborhood, he fell in love with pasta and wanted the dumplings to have a texture closer to al dente.

Of the six fillings available, the most robust and wintry in spirit is Siberian-style beef and pork, here grass-fed Angus beef shoulder and pastured pork butt, ground in-house and evenly split so neither lords over the other. One pierce, and the juices run.

In other versions, a mash of potato and Cheddar has surprising buoyancy, and spinach, melded with feta, Parmesan and mozzarella, retains its vivid green. But pulverized shrimp loses some of its briny character, muffled by Parmesan and ricotta inside a dough stained pink by beet juice.

All are enhanced by a choice of three toppings per order, among them soul-brightening dill, mushrooms chopped and sautéed until almost duxelles and slightly carnal, and roasted garlic minced so fine, it’s undetectable to the eye but an insistent imprint on the tongue.

Each dumpling is crimped with a doily-like fringe, the skin thin enough that you can see the shadows of its interior. Credit Sasha Maslov for The New York Times

Best are pickled jalapeño slices, which give a little jump to the meal. (Higher-end toppings, for a $ 1 premium, include a drape of melted mozzarella, snippets of bacon and a poached egg that when slashed unleashes its caldron of yolk.)

Each order comes with two sauces, for dipping or pouring. For those who hew to tradition, there’s the bracing simplicity of vinegar or the velvety soft landing of sour cream, perhaps even better mixed together.

More maverick are variations of sour cream spiked with, by turns, raw garlic, Sriracha, chipotle, horseradish and pickled jalapeño, each with its own clarifying flare. “I know my mom would yell at me if she saw some of these things,” Mr. Tulman said.

Old-school pelmeni molds, looking like panels of honeycomb, hang above the counter. But Mr. Tulman shapes his pelmeni on a machine visible in the next room, built in Russia and customized with extra rollers so as not to overheat the dough when it’s compressed.

For dessert, there are slightly damp farmer cheese pelmeni with cocoa-infused skins, nicely muddled with sour cherries and chocolate flakes that promptly wilt into sauce. A lighter finish comes with kompot, a decidedly sweet fruit punch. It’s another nod to Luda, although Mr. Tulman allows that he’s been “experimenting” with the likes of pineapple and mango.

“Things in Russia we never had,” he said.

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Luda’s Dumplings

Recommended Dishes Pork-and-beef dumplings with roasted mushrooms and dill; spinach-and-cheese dumplings with pickled jalapeño slices and roasted garlic; potato-and-cheese dumplings with poached egg, parsley and sliced pickle.
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