|Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen)|
and the Duke of Edinburgh at
their wedding, 1947
The Royal Collection
Prince William’s grandmother (while still Princess Elizabeth) wed the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. Just as Prince William and Princess Katherine were created the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hours before their wedding, Prince Phillip was created Duke of Edinburgh shortly before walking down the aisle.
The Queen wore a gown embroidered with pearls and crystals and her ring was made from made of a nugget of Welsh gold from the Clogau St David’s mine near Dolgellau. This same nugget has supplied the gold for the wedding rings of The Queen Mother (1923), Princess Margaret (1960) Princess Anne (1973), and now, Princess Catherine.
|The Russian Fringe Tiara, 1830-1839|
I love this image from the 1947 wedding. Her Majesty looks genuinely pleased and relaxed. Their marriage has lasted lo these many decades. It’s a good sign of things to come for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.