|Date||20 November 1947|
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten (later
The King gave his formal consent to the marriage in his
Princess Elizabeth was attended by eight
For her wedding dress, Elizabeth still required ration coupons to buy the material for her gown, designed by Norman Hartnell. The dress was "a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms." Elizabeth's wedding shoes were made out of satin and were trimmed with silver and seed pearl. Elizabeth did her own makeup for the wedding. Her wedding bouquet was prepared by the florist M. H. Longman, and consisted of "white orchids with a sprig of myrtle". The myrtle was taken from "the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet". The bouquet was returned to the abbey the day after the service to be laid on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, following a tradition started by Elizabeth's mother at her wedding in 1923.
On the morning of her wedding, as Princess Elizabeth was dressing at
Philip wore his naval uniform, which was adorned with his medals and the star emblem of a
The royal parties were brought in large carriage processions, the first with the Queen and Princess Margaret and later a procession with Queen Mary. Philip left Kensington Palace with his best man, his maternal first cousin the Marquess of Milford Haven. Princess Elizabeth arrived at the Abbey with her father, the King, in the Irish State Coach.
The ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, and the Dean of Westminster Alan Campbell Don. The Archbishop of York, Cyril Garbett, delivered the sermon. The ceremony was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the British Empire and the world.
Like her mother's, Princess Elizabeth's wedding band was made of
Before the wedding, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles, converted from
Upon their marriage, Elizabeth took the title of her husband and became Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh.
After the ceremony, Elizabeth and Philip then proceeded to Buckingham Palace, where the couple waved to the crowds from the balcony.
Their wedding breakfast was held in the Ball-Supper Room of the Palace. The menu included Filet de Sole Mountbatten, Perdreau en Casserole, and Bombe Glacee Princess Elizabeth. Music was played by the string band of the Grenadier Guards.
The couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and around 10,000 telegrams of congratulations. The gifts were put on public display at St James's Palace and made available for public viewing.
The day after the wedding the
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- The King and Queen, the bride's parents
- The Princess Margaret, the bride's sister
- Queen Mary, the bride's paternal grandmother
- The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the bride's paternal uncle and aunt
- The Duchess of Kent, the bride's paternal aunt by marriage (and the groom's first cousin)
- The Princess Royal's family:
- first cousin once removed
- Lord Carnegie, the bride's second cousin
- Princess Helena Victoria, the bride's and the groom's first cousin twice removed
- Princess Marie Louise, the bride's and the groom's first cousin twice removed
- Lady Patricia and The Hon. Sir Alexander Ramsay, the bride's and the groom's first cousin twice removed and her husband
- Alexander Ramsay of Mar, the bride's and the groom's second cousin once removed
- The Earl of Athlone and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, the bride's paternal great-uncle and great-aunt (also first cousin twice removed to the bride and groom)
- The Marquess and Marchioness of Cambridge, the bride's first cousin once removed and his wife
- Lady Mary Cambridge, the bride's second cousin
- The Duchess and Duke of Beaufort, the bride's first cousin once removed and her husband
- Lady Helena Gibbs, the bride's first cousin once removed
- Lord Elphinstone, the bride's maternal aunt and uncle
- The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the bride's maternal uncle
- The Hon. Mrs. John Bowes-Lyon, the bride's maternal aunt by marriage
- Viscountess Anson, the bride's first cousin
- Diana Bowes-Lyon, the bride's first cousin
- The Countess and Earl Granville, the bride's maternal aunt and uncle
- Lady Mary Leveson-Gower, the bride's first cousin
- Lord Leveson, the bride's first cousin
- The Hon. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bowes-Lyon, the bride's maternal uncle and aunt
- The Hon. Mr. and Mrs. David Bowes-Lyon, the bride's maternal uncle and aunt
- Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark, the groom's mother
- The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, the groom's maternal grandmother
- The Crown Princess and Crown Prince of Sweden, the groom's maternal aunt and uncle (representing the King of Sweden)
- The Marchioness of Milford Haven, the groom's maternal aunt by marriage
- Lady Tatiana Mountbatten, the groom's first cousin
- The Marquess of Milford Haven, the groom's first cousin
- The Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, the groom's maternal uncle and aunt
- The Queen and King of Yugoslavia, the groom's first cousin, once removed, and her husband, the bride and groom's third cousin
- The Queen Mother of the Romanians, the groom's first cousin
- The King of the Romanians, the groom's first cousin, once removed
- The Queen of the Hellenes, wife of the groom's first cousin, also second cousin of the groom (representing the King of the Hellenes)
- The Duchess of Aosta, the groom's first cousin
- Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark and Major Richard Brandram, the groom's first cousin and her husband
- Prince and Princess George of Greece and Denmark, the groom's paternal uncle and aunt
- Princess Dominic Radziwiłł, the groom's first cousin
- The King and Queen of Denmark, the groom's second cousin and his wife
- The King of Norway, the groom's first cousin, once removed and the bride's paternal great-uncle
- Princess Axel of Denmark, the groom's second cousin (also wife of the groom's first cousin once removed)
- Princess and Prince René of Bourbon-Parma, the groom's first cousin, once removed and her husband
- The Marquess and Marchioness of Carisbrooke, the groom's first cousin once removed and the bride's first cousin twice removed, and his wife
- Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain, the groom's first cousin once removed and the bride's first cousin twice removed
- Countess of Barcelona, the groom's second cousin and his wife
- The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, the groom's third cousin once removed (representing the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg)
- Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, the groom's third cousin once removed
- Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, the bride and groom's third cousin
- Prince Andrew of Yugoslavia, the bride and groom's third cousin
- The Prince Regent of Belgium (representing the King of the Belgians)
- Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (representing the Queen of the Netherlands)
- The King of Iraq
The Duke of Windsor, the former king, was not invited, and his sister, the Princess Royal, did not attend as she said she was ill (her husband, Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, had died six months before). Ronald Storrs claimed that the Princess Royal did not attend in protest over her brother's exclusion. So soon after the end of World War II, it was not acceptable for the Duke of Edinburgh's German relations, including Philip's three surviving sisters, to be invited to the wedding.
The couple boarded a train to
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