Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The British Royal Weddings-part 2

Since the day the first images were shown on cinema screens Britain’s royal weddings had become major international events. For almost the century these state occasions had been watched all over the world and attracted huge crowd. This is the photo story of Britain’s royal weddings from the Queen mother to present date.


* Princess Elizabeth & Prince Philip (later Queen Elizabeth II & Duke of Edinburgh) November 20, 1947

Princess Elizabeth and Philip were married at 11:30 GMT on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
On the morning of her wedding, as Princess Elizabeth was getting dressed at Buckingham Palace before leaving for Westminster Abbey, her tiara snapped. Luckily the court jeweller was standing by in case of emergency. The jeweller was rushed to his work room by a police escort. Queen Elizabeth reassured her daughter that it would be fixed in time, and it was. For her wedding dress she still required ration coupons to buy the material for her gown, designed by Norman Hartnell.
Prince Philip

Princess Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth was attended by eight bridesmaids: HRH The Princess Margaret (her younger sister), HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent (her first cousin), Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott (daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch), Lady Mary Cambridge (her second cousin), Lady Elizabeth Lambart (daughter of the Earl of Cavan), The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten (Philip's first cousin), The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone (her first cousin) and The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon (her first cousin). Her cousins Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent served as page boys.
The royal parties were brought in large carriage processions, the first with The Queen and Princess Margaret and later a procession with Queen Mary. At Kensington Palace, Philip departed with his best man, the Marquess of Milford Haven. Princess Elizabeth arrived at the Abbey with her father, George VI, in the Irish State Coach.

Official Wedding Cake.
Princess Elizabeth in Her wedding dress

Princess Elizabeth in her wedding dress
 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, places the ring on the finger of his bride, Princess Elizabeth, during their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, in London. At bride's left is King George VI. At Philip's right is his best man, Marquis of Milford Haven. At extreme left on altar is the Earl of Mountbatten, Philip's uncle. Standing by unoccupied chair at right side of altar is Queen Elizabeth. Next to her is the Queen Mother Mary


The Royal couple


After the marriage 

The wedding ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher and the Archbishop of York, Cyril Garbett.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in procession to the west door of Westminster Abbey, London after their wedding.
The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC radio to 200 million people around the world.
Elizabeth and Philip then proceeded to Buckingham Palace, where a breakfast was held at the Ball Supper-room.
The couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and around 10,000 telegrams of congratulations.
The horse drawn Glass Coach, with the the Royal newly-weds British Princess Elizabeth, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (Duke of Edinburgh) holding the hand of the princess inside, is accompanied by an escort of the household cavalry, on their way back to Buckingham Palace after their marriage at Westminster Abbey, November 20, 1947. The crowds are giving them a tumultuous greeting.

Escorted by a troop of Household Cavalry, the coach carrying Princess Elizabeth and her bridegroom Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, circles the Victoria Memorial and heads for the gates of Buckingham Palace, lower left, as the royal newlyweds return from their marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey, Nov. 20, 1947. The mall, upper right, and the fountains of the memorial are jammed with hundreds of thousands of Britons who turned out to cheer the pair.

THE BRIDE, PRINCESS ELIZABETH (NOW QUEEN ELIZABETH II), AND THE GROOM, THE NEWLY-CREATED DUKE OF EDINBURGH, APPEAR ON THE BALCONY OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE AFTER THEY WERE MARRIED IN A CEREMONY AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY ON THE DAY THAT THE QUEEN MOTHER CELEBRATED HER 80TH BIRTHDAY.

Upon their marriage, Elizabeth took the title of her husband and became Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. They departed for their honeymoon in Broadlands in Hampshire, home of Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten.

Source: Wikipedia
The group photo

Princess Elizabeth's wedding slippers 

Wedding dresses of the royal couple


2 comments:

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