The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were married at Westminster Abbey in 1947 and two last-minute disasters threatened to derail the whole celebration.
Anyone’s wedding day is incredibly stressful. While sorting out guest lists and tables is a headache in itself, it becomes much more complicated if many of the attendees are well-known celebrities or government officials with their own busy schedules.
Along with the fact that your wedding will be broadcast to millions of people all over the world, it’s vital that the day goes off without a hitch.
When Princess Elizabeth married Lt. Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947, the ceremony itself went very well, but two disasters happened hours before that could have derailed the whole day.
Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten 73 years ago in 1947 during a service at Westminster Abbey. The famous wedding was recorded by BBC Radio and broadcast to 200 million people worldwide.
The couple received the titles of Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Earl and Countess of Merioneth and Baron and Lady Greenwich.
While the day looked like it would have been quite simple for onlookers, little did they know that just hours before the ceremony, Princess Elizabeth had had two nightmarish problems with what she was going to wear.
The Princess had decided to wear Queen Mary’s Russian Fringe Tiara for her nuptials, but while getting dressed at Buckingham Palace the tiara broke.
The court jeweler had to be transported by a police escort to his workshop and he returned just in time.
The second disaster came when the Princess realized she had left the pearl earrings her father had given her to wear on the day at St James’s Palace.
His private secretary managed to get them to him just in time for his official photos.
While many royal weddings come with a huge price tag these days, the nuptials of the Queen and Prince Philip are known to be almost opposite.
As their wedding took place so soon after the end of World War II, the country was still recovering financially and many feared the princess could not afford her wedding dress.
Hundreds of people across the country sent their clothing ration coupons to the palace to help the princess, but they had to be returned because it would have been illegal for her to use them.
Despite this, the government allowed the princess to use an additional 200 ration coupons to have her dress made by designer Norman Hartnell.
The princess also encountered another problem after the ceremony as she managed to lose her wedding bouquet before the large group photographs were taken, meaning the bride’s hands were visibly empty.
The solution? During their honeymoon, the couple changed back into their wedding clothes and once again posed for their individual photos.
Royal wedding florist David Longman revealed the story and said: “If we go back to the Queen’s wedding in 1947, when you look at the official photographs of all the bridesmaids and royal guests, and there are the queen without a bouquet, lost.
“So in the middle of their honeymoon, they had to get dressed in their wedding clothes and my dad had to provide another bouquet for those pictures.”
This incident ended up paving the way for future royal weddings, as David revealed: “To make sure this mistake doesn’t happen again, every royal bride now has two bouquets, just in case someone asks. would accidentally put it down and forget about it.”
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