HRH Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
Remembering that 1947 was just 2 short years after World War 2 the wedding was a fantastic mix. A dress funded by clothing ration coupons accessorized by some incredible family heirlooms this was one dress to cheer a nation.
65 years of marriage is an incredible achievement. I mean really think about your own relationship and all that has gone down in that period. Now lets add in some extra challenges:
the death of your father when you were away
becoming Queen of England at 28 (which unlike Princes Charles and William was not always the plan)
working with Prime Ministers like Sir Winston Churchill (her very first PM), Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair
the changing face of the British Commonwealth (no longer Empire)
Diana and Fergie
wars (some of which your children/grandchildren fought in)
losing your mum and sister within a month of each other
Gosh! After only 6 years together I have come to rely on the support and love I get from Richard. 65 years would only add to that I think.
This video makes me smile, just listening to the news coverage is so strange. Definitley not the same as the coverage of the 2011 royal wedding that is for sure.
Congratulations to the royal couple on their anniversary. I hope you have a great day together planned – I hope Richard and I are still playing MMO’s when we celebrate 65 years of marriage (although I will be 96 so we will see).
In an aside I adore the UK royal bridal tradition to place your bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Westminster Abbey. The Queen Mother started the tradition in 1923 and the Duchess of Cambridge kept the tradition going in 2011.
The Thames River Pageant looked amazing and our royal ladies were on fine show. Photos are all from Hello Magazine.
I really hope I have even some of Queen Elizabeth’s style when I am in my 80s.
This dress is incredible, Alexander McQueen you did it again. I like this version a lot better than Kim Kardashian’s. Nude heels are genius!
Not everyone can pull off that hat but I think the Duchess in Cornwall rocks it.
Princes William and Harry don’t scrub up bad either.
I will be honest, there is a part of me that wishes we were there. I can’t imagine what a city like London celebrating would be like and one day I hope to see it. Can’t wait to see what else these stylish ladies wear over the rest of the week.
Classic image of the royal wedding taken in a specific artistic direction. Then you start to notice all of the little details, like their names in their skin. Personally I think this is one of the nicer pieces of memorabilia (if you can call it that) though it would need to go with other things you have in the room. Memorabilia is always hard to get right, you want something to remember the moment but it needs to be something that you would actually want in your home. A rare combination, which is why we don’t have any in our home.
Has it really been a year since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? It seems like only yesterday my parents and I sat and watched the wedding late into the night. Happy anniversary to you both! They say the first year of marriage can be hard so congratulations to you both!
Don’t forget ladies Prince Harry is still single, I look forward to watching the next royal wedding or maybe being there.
I hope this story of the Queen claiming everyone had gone mad is true. Makes me smile to think that even the Queen, someone who has been through so much in the public spotlight, would consider this madness. It was a pretty incredible day and it’s been wonderful to see Kate come into her own as a proper princess. She still has a way to go but she is definitely off to a flying start.
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