On November 20th Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
When the 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, newly titled Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey on that day in 1947, rationing was still in effect after the Second World War, so the princess had saved up clothing coupons to buy her ivory satin wedding gown.
The glittering wedding was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.
Today the Royal wedding is an occasion that is still fondly remembered by many Care UK residents. So, to celebrate the Royal couple’s anniversary, some residents have been sharing their memories and experiences.
In our Royal wedding memories video residents talk about their memories of the Royal wedding, including the street parties, the Princess’s dress, and being part of the huge crowd outside Buckingham Palace cheering the newly married couple.
In Love Stories residents and their spouses talk about how they met and proposed, their weddings, and their thoughts on achieving a long and happy marriage.
Did you know?
- Prince Philip left Kensington Palace far too early before the wedding and had to return inside the Palace with his best man, the Marquess of Milford Haven, until the proper time to go.
- Prince Philip designed his wife-to-be’s engagement ring himself using diamonds from a tiara belonging to his mother.
- The wedding cake was 9ft tall, made of four tiers and was nicknamed ‘the 10,000 mile wedding cake’ as its ingredients had been flown to the UK from South Africa and Australia.
- The couple honeymooned in Malta.
- In 2015 a piece of the 1947 wedding cake was sold at auction for £560. It was still edible, due to the high alcohol content!