The Wedding Industry Insider: A royal 70th wedding anniversary
31 Oct 2017
As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage on 20th November, the nation have been granted exclusive access to their momentous wedding day. Sarah George divulges the details…
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A Very Royal Wedding recently aired on ITV, sharing the details of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s big day on 20th November, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Described by Winston Churchill as “A flash of colour on the hard road we have to travel”, the wedding was a joyous event for a world striving to regain normality post-war. The pomp and pageantry brought happiness to the British nation and beyond, with more than 200 million people worldwide tuning into the radio broadcast. The day has been cemented in history for all the right reasons and the royal couple’s 70th anniversary is the perfect excuse to revisit it.
The royals never do things by halves and this wedding was no exception. Here are a few amazing facts that we learnt from the recent ITV documentary:
- The engagement ring was created using diamonds from Philip’s mother’s tiara. It featured a three carat diamond and cost more than six figures.
- The wedding cake was 9ft high and weighed 500lb – read more about Le Cordon Bleu’s recreation of the dazzling cake here.
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- 2,000 guests attended the wedding ceremony, including a host of foreign royals.
- The bouquet, which included orchids, featured flowers all grown within the British Isles. A sprig of myrtle from Osborne in the Isle of Wight was added – a tradition followed by all British princesses during their weddings since Queen Victoria’s daughter got married.
- The dress featured a 15ft train embroidered with sea pearls and crystals.
The extravagance of a royal wedding is always welcomed with open arms; we delight in seeing all the wonderful elements that bring the day to life – from the jewellery to the dress, and we even enjoy hearing how much everything cost. But it is the heritage of our royal family and the way a royal wedding can unify a nation – and indeed a world – that makes it such a special occasion. For that one day, flags are flown, street parties are thrown, and spectators camp out on the streets of London for the best seat in the house – it is a day filled with love, pride and camaraderie and one never to be forgotten.
The Queen and Prince Philip are said to be celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary in their signature low-key style, which - we believe - is how an anniversary should be spent: behind closed doors with your nearest and dearest... at least after the big party, of course.
So which royal will be next up the aisle? Anticipation of an engagement announcement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continues to rise and we - for one - can’t wait for the onslaught of celebrations to get underway.
A Very Royal Wedding can be watched in full on ITV Hub here.