Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary today!
Queen Elizabeth (then Princess Elizabeth) married her handsome Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War II. It was not only a royal wedding, but the first real public celebration since the end of the war, garnering the attention and support of millions worldwide.
In a whirlwind year Prince Philip gained British citizenship in February 1947, the royal couple announced their engagement in July, Philip was confirmed in the Church of England by the Archbishop of Canterbury months later, and though his title would be the Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth’s father King Albert decreed that he should be referred to as “His Royal Highness,” keeping his popular title of Prince Philip (as he was Prince Philip of Greece). Just a short time later the two were married in front of two thousand guests in the historic Westminster Abbey.
On their wedding day Elizabeth wore a stunning pearl and crystal encrusted Norman Hartnell gown made of ivory satin – a fabric difficult to obtain after the war. Her bridesmaids reversed her wedding dress details, wearing tulle dresses with small satin flowers as tulle was easier an easier fabric to come by. The Queen’s tulle and lace embroidered veil was secured by her mother, Queen Mary’s diamond tiara, and her elegant train stretched 15 feet in length.
During the hour long wedding ceremony Philip captivated his Queen in his full ceremonial naval regalia, including a sword which the royal couple used to cut their nine foot tall wedding cake!
Like his grandmother and grandfather did 64 years prior, Prince William and Kate Middleton married at the same Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 with the world watching. Mirroring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to the public – Kate in her long-sleeved lace wedding dress from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and William in the famous red tunic and blue sash of the Irish Guards of which he is an honorary Colonel.
And, just as they did 68 years ago, the bells of Westminster Abbey sounded today in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s wedding!
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) November 20, 2015
A royal congratulations to the stunning monarch Queen Elizabeth II and her handsome beau Prince Philip on this, their 68th wedding anniversary!