Today as the Queen celebrates her 90th Birthday, we thought we would go back and take a look at her Wedding Day.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married at 11.30am on the 20th November 1947. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey and Elizabeth had 2 page boys and 8 bridesmaids including her younger sister Margaret.
The Royal parties arrived in large carriages and the wedding was broadcast by the BBC to 200 million people around the world.
After the ceremony they had their wedding breakfast at Buckingham palace before departing on their honeymoon to Hampshire.
It is reported that the couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from around the world – now that is a lot of toasters.
An interesting fact – because of the rationing of clothing Elizabeth had to buy the material for her dress using ration coupons. It is said that she received coupons from other ladies and bride to be’s around the country to help her pay for her dress.
The dress was designed by Norman Hartnell and was made from white satin containing lace detail. It was decorated with crystals and pearls that came from America. The design of the dress was kept a secret right up until the last minute when it was delivered to the palace in a 4 foot box.
As beautifully shown in the photograph above (by PA wire) the dress was paired with a bridal train that was 4 metres long. The embroidery had scattered flowers and was inspired the Botticelli’s painting of Primavera. The princess looked absolutely stunning and many brides have since tried to recreate the look.
Vintage style dresses with embroidery and lace are really popular at the moment especially after the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, with a lot of brides also choosing a similar style for their bridesmaids.
The Royal Wedding – The future Queen with her Bridesmaids, Page Boys and Prince Philip with his best man The Marquess of Milford Haven.
The service began with Fanfare by Arnold Bax and ended with The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn.
Today the Wedding march is still widely used and other popular choices are “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “Amazing Grace” and “Lord of the Dance”.
Along with The Queen’s wedding, Prince Charles to Lady Diana and Prince William to Kate Middleton are among the list of most expensive weddings of all time.
The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 and have now been married for 69 years.