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Engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten

The engagement of the then Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark) was officially announced on 9 July 1947.

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A Royal Engagement: Photo of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, on the occasion of their engagement at Buckingham Palace in London.

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Engagement Ring

Philip proposed to Elizabeth with a 3-carat round diamond ring consisting of “a center stone flanked by 10 smaller pave diamonds.”

The platinum and diamond engagement ring was made by the jewellers, Philip Antrobus.

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A close-up of the engagement ring on the finger of Princess Elizabeth.

The diamonds were taken from a tiara that belonged to Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, and were also used to create a quatrefoil bracelet for Elizabeth.

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The wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold which came from the Clogau St David’s mine, near Dolgellau.



Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten at 10:30 on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.

Princess Elizabeth arrived with her father King George VI at the Abbey in the Irish State Coach.

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Princess Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace in the Irish State Coach accompanied by her father HM, King George VI for her wedding to Philippe Mountbatten.

Before the wedding, Prince Philip was created The Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the County of London.

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The wedding ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, and the Archbishop of York, Cyril Garbett.

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Wedding Dress

The Queen’s gown was designed by British fashion designer, Sir Norman Bishop Hartnell.

Hartnell cited Botticelli’s famous painting Primavera, which symbolises the coming of spring, as his inspiration for the design.

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A sketch of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress by Norman Hartnell.

Elizabeth required ration coupons to buy the material for her gown.  The dress was “a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms.”

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The dress is made from ivory silk and decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls

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The Princess did her own makeup for the wedding.

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Details of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding veil.

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Wedding Shoes

Elizabeth’s wore ivory duchesse satin high-heeled sandals, trimmed with silver and seed pearl buckles, made by Edward Rayne.

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Wedding Jewels

Elizabeth’s father King George VI gave her a pair of pearl necklaces, which had belonged to Queen Anne (the shorter) and Queen Caroline, as a wedding present.

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The Diamond Fringe Tiara was lent to The Princess on her wedding day, the tiara snapped and it had to be quickly repaired.



Wedding Bouquet

The wedding bouquet was arranged by the florist MH 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”.

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The bouquet was sent back 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.

Princess Elizabeth’s Bridesmaid

Princess Elizabeth was attended by eight bridesmaids:

  • Princess Margaret (her younger sister).
  • Princess Alexandra of Kent.
  • Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott.
  • Lady Mary Cambridge.
  • Lady Elizabeth Lambar.
  • Lady Pamela Mountbatten.
  • Margaret Elphinstone.
  • Diana Bowes-Lyon.
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The bridesmaids wore wreaths “in their hair of miniature white sheaves, Lilies and London Pride, modelled in white satin and silver lame”.

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A Norman Hartnell sketch of one of the dresses to be worn by the bridesmaids at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. It is a diaphanous gown of ivory silk tulle, inspired by the pictures of Winterhalter, Tuxen and Sir George Hayter at Buckingham Palace.

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Lady Pamela shows the bridesmaid dress she wore at Queen Elizabeth’s wedding.



Princess Elizabeth’s Page Boys

The Princess’ cousins Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent served as page boys. They wore Royal Stewart tartan kilts.

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Prince Philip’s Best Man

The Duke of Edinburgh’s best man was David Mountbatten, the Marquess of Milford Haven.

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Picture of the 28 year old 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, O.B.E who was best man at Lieut Philip Mountbatten at his wedding to H.R.H Princess Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey on November 20. He and the royal bridegroom are first cousins and have been friends since boyhood.

Wedding Reception

After the service a wedding breakfast was held (at lunchtime) in the Ball-Supper Room at Buckingham Palace.

The string band of the Grenadier Guards played music during the breakfast.

Elizabeth and Philip went onto balcony at Buckingham Palace to wave to the huge crowds on the mall.

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Wedding Cake

The official wedding cake was baked by McVitie and Price. A fruitcake made of four tiers, it stood nine feet high, and weighed about 500 lbs.

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The Royal Honeymoon

They departed for their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire, home of Philip’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten.

Princess Elizabeth’s Corgi, Susan, came with them.

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Norman Hartnell’s sketch of Princess Elizabeth’s going-away dress. The dress is love-in-the-mist blue crepe with cross-over bodice draped to the left hip with three inset panels in the skirt.

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Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Philip Mountbatten, study their wedding photographs while on honeymoon in Romsey, Hampshire, November 1947.

Princess Elizabeth ascended to the Throne upon the dead of her father King George VI on 6 February 1952.



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