This is what Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding looked like

Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. The Queen was Britain’s longest-serving monarch and the longest reigning female monarch in the history of the world.

Her death comes a year and a half after the loss of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He was 99 years old.

The pair had a epic love storyand a courtship crowned by a gorgeous headline-grabbing wedding.

Long before Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge Where Prince Harry and Meghan Marklethere was another royal wedding the world was looking forward to: the nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947.

The couple, who have been married for 73 years, got married November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. It was a beacon of hope for many Britons after the years of austerity and darkness of World War II.

“For months, the public has been treated to tantalizing hints about the details of the bridesmaids’ dresses and the cake, etc.,” Sarika Bose, royalty scholar and lecturer in Victorian literature, told HuffPost. at the University of British Columbia. “Here you had this young couple who represented hope for a new, happier era after the war.”

Much like Harry and Meghan and Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Elizabeth and her suitor were seen as a breath of fresh air. The dashing Philip Mountbatten, who was 26 at the time of the wedding, had served in the Second World War and possessed a slightly rebellious attitude – at least by royal standards. Elizabeth, then 21, fell in love with him.

According to their mutual cousin Patricia Mountbatten, the future queen saw that behind her slightly steely exterior, “Philip had a capacity for love waiting to be unlocked, and Elizabeth unlocked it.”

Below, we take a look back at Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding.

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Crowds gathered around London’s Trafalgar Square to see Elizabeth and her father, King George VI, arrive for the royal coach service.

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A woman holds a toddler to watch the royal procession in London for the wedding.

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Police held back crowds outside Buckingham Palace in London during the wedding.

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Confectioners stand next to the impressive official cake, which was nine feet tall.

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The cover of a special royal wedding edition of Picture Post magazine, showing Elizabeth arriving at Westminster Abbey.

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Tens of thousands of people gathered in freezing temperatures to try to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

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With post-war austerity measures still in effect, Elizabeth had to save ration coupons to buy material for her wedding dress. Here she arrives at Westminster Abbey with her father King George VI.

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Two members of the British Royal Family — Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (back) and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester — arrive at Westminster Abbey.

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Elizabeth and Philip walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey.

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The scene on the altar steps during the royal wedding ceremony.

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The title page of a Bible presented to Elizabeth to commemorate her marriage to Philip.

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The couple with Elizabeth’s eight bridesmaids in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, including her sister, Princess Margaret, to Philip’s right.

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A honeymoon, Elizabeth and Philip travel in a carriage procession to Waterloo Station. After the wedding, the couple took a train to Winchester and then stayed in Broadlands, the home of Philip’s uncle, Earl Mountbatten. Elizabeth’s Corgi, Susan, joined them.

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Six years after the wedding, Elizabeth returned to Westminster Abbey for her coronation following the death of King George VI. In 73 years of marriage, the couple had four children, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.


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