In Sep­tem­ber 2022, an era end­ed before our eyes — the era of Queen Eliz­a­beth II. She will be remem­bered not only for her longest reign, but also for her mag­i­cal love sto­ry with Prince Philip, which still touch­es hearts. In this arti­cle, we offer to once again dive into the fairy tale of the roy­al cou­ple and learn some inter­est­ing facts about the wed­ding of Eliz­a­beth and Philip.

1. Elizabeth met Philip for the first time at a wedding

Yes, not on their own, but still 🙂 The first meet­ing of Eliz­a­beth with her future hus­band took place in 1934, at the wed­ding of Princess Mari­na and Prince George, Duke of Kent. Then the future queen was only 8 years old. The next meet­ing took place in 5 years, after which they secret­ly began to cor­re­spond. Very soon Eliza­ve­ta fell in love.

Philip pro­posed to Lili­beth in 1946, but the engage­ment was kept secret until she was 21 years old. Prob­a­bly, the long wait tired the cou­ple, so only 4 months passed from the moment the engage­ment was offi­cial­ly announced to the wed­ding itself. We can imag­ine what was hap­pen­ing in the palace, because it is an extreme­ly short peri­od for a hol­i­day of this scale 🙂

2. Elizabeth’s wedding dress became a symbol of hope

We will remind that the wed­ding of the future queen fell on extreme­ly dif­fi­cult times for Britain — the war had just end­ed, so soci­ety need­ed time to recov­er from its con­se­quences. Eliz­a­beth’s wed­ding dress used an image inspired by Bot­ti­cel­li’s paint­ing Pri­mav­era, the mean­ing of which is rebirth and hope. For the British, it became a sym­bol of new times and post-war rebirth, hope for a peace­ful life and pros­per­i­ty of the coun­try.

3. The British tried to sponsor the wedding

The enor­mous sig­nif­i­cance of the roy­al wed­ding to the peo­ple of Britain is not lit­er­ary exag­ger­a­tion or the influ­ence of pro­pa­gan­da. The best proof of this was that ordi­nary Eng­lish women from all over the king­dom sent Eliz­a­beth their own vouch­ers for cloth, since after the war much of the goods were in short sup­ply. Of course, the roy­al fam­i­ly returned all the dona­tions, because the vouch­ers were per­son­al. How­ev­er, such a ges­ture from cit­i­zens was very elo­quent 🙂

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4. Elizabeth’s wedding rings have a long history, and Philip never wore them

Both of Eliz­a­beth’s wed­ding rings car­ry a hid­den sen­ti­men­tal mean­ing. The engage­ment ring was made from dia­monds pre­vi­ous­ly in the tiara of Princess Alice, Philip’s moth­er. The wed­ding ring itself was made from a nugget of Welsh gold that was pre­sent­ed to the Queen Moth­er. The tra­di­tion of using this gold con­tin­ues in the new gen­er­a­tion of the roy­al fam­i­ly: it was fol­lowed by Princess Diana, Princess Anne and Kate Mid­dle­ton.

As for Philip, the lack of a ring is not a protest or a con­sort’s prank. Although it would be very much in his char­ac­ter 🙂 It is a mat­ter of the tra­di­tion of the roy­al fam­i­ly, which is also fol­lowed, for exam­ple, by Prince William and Princess Euge­nie’s hus­band, Jack Brooks­bank. Only the new King of Britain, Charles, wears a wed­ding ring, but he also hides it under a signet ring.

5. Elizabeth’s tiara broke before the wedding itself

Don’t wor­ry: every­thing can get out of hand on the wed­ding day, even for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the cream of soci­ety. No titles and crowds of assis­tants can save you from prob­lems on such an excit­ing day. For exam­ple, dur­ing Eliz­a­beth’s meet­ing, the Queen Moth­er’s tiara broke on her head just before leav­ing the church. For­tu­nate­ly, the roy­al jew­el­er was on hand to rec­ti­fy the sit­u­a­tion, although the unpleas­ant after­math of the inci­dent can be seen in the pho­tographs.

By the way, if you want to learn more about top-qual­i­ty wed­ding facaps, read our arti­cle “Not every­thing is so fab­u­lous: force majeure at roy­al wed­dings”

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6. The queen forgot an important ornament at home

For­tu­nate­ly, not a wed­ding ring 🙂 We are talk­ing about a string of pearls that Eliza­ve­ta’s father gave her for her wed­ding. The bride for­got her neck­lace at St James’s Palace, so her per­son­al assis­tant had to quick­ly bring the pearls before the offi­cial pho­to shoot. The task will not seem so sim­ple if you remem­ber that traf­fic in Lon­don lit­er­al­ly stopped due to the excite­ment caused by the roy­al wed­ding.

7. 2 thousand guests were invited to the wedding

Such a wed­ding def­i­nite­ly can­not be called a cham­ber wed­ding! About two thou­sand guests were invit­ed to West­min­ster Abbey, but not only them saw the cer­e­mo­ny. The wed­ding of Eliza­ve­ta and Philip was inno­v­a­tive at the time, because it was broad­cast live on the BBC chan­nel. This was the first step in the future course of the queen to bring the roy­al fam­i­ly clos­er to the peo­ple, which lat­er made Eliz­a­beth the undis­put­ed favorite not only of the British, but also of the whole world.

8. The king wrote a private greeting to the bride

Usu­al­ly, con­grat­u­la­tion on the wed­ding in the roy­al cir­cle is pub­lic in the form of a speech, but Eliza­ve­ta’s father decid­ed to write a pri­vate let­ter to his daugh­ter. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the roy­al sta­tus great­ly lim­its per­son­al space, but thanks to this we can read these touch­ing words:

“I was so proud of you and excit­ed to be so close to you on our long walk through West­min­ster Abbey, but when I held out your hand to the Arch­bish­op, I felt I had lost some­thing very pre­cious. You were so calm and com­posed dur­ing the Ser­vice and said your words with such con­vic­tion that I knew every­thing was going to be okay… I have been proud to watch you grow all these years under the skill­ful guid­ance of Mom, who, like you, is the best per­son in the world in my eyes. And I know that I can always count on you, and now on Philip, to help our cause. Your depar­ture from us has left a huge void in our lives, but remem­ber that your old home is still yours and return to it as often as pos­si­ble. I can see that you are extreme­ly hap­py with Philip, and that’s right, but don’t for­get about us. This is the desire of your ever-lov­ing and devot­ed, Father.”

The arti­cle was pre­pared based on the mate­ri­als of The Knot web­site