Royal Family Facts!
Yesterday was a very memorable day in British History! So I thought I would do a short post on some facts about the Royal Family!
So here it goes!
- The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
- Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met when they attended the wedding of Prince Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of Princess Elizabeth, in 1934.
- The platinum and diamond engagement ring was made by the jewellers, Philip Antrobus Ltd, using diamonds from a tiara belonging to Prince Philip’s mother.
- Prince Philip had two stag parties the night before the wedding – the first at the Dorchester to which the press were invited and the second with his closest friends at the Belfry Club.
- The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were married in Westminister Abbey on the 20th November, 1947 at 11.30am with 2000 invited guests.
- The Queen was the 10th member of the Royal Family to be married in the Abbey. The first Royal wedding to take place in the Abbey was when King Henry I married Princess Matilda of Scotland on 11th November, 1100. On April 26th, 1923 The Queen’s parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (then The Duke and Duchess of York) were married there.
- Guests attending the wedding included the The King and Queen of Denmark, the King and Queen of Yugoslavia, the Kings of Norway, Romania and the Shah of Iran.
- The Queen’s wedding dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell. Norman Hartnell submitted designs for the dress in August 1947.
- After the wedding, the dress was exhibited at St James’s Palace and was then shown in the capital towns of the British Isles and in Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Preston, Leicester, Nottingham, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield.
- The bride’s wedding bouquet was supplied by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and made by the Florist Mr MH Longman. It was of white orchids with a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. An identical copy of the bouquet was made and presented to The Queen on her Golden Wedding in 1997.
- The eight bridesmaids were: HRH The Princess Margaret, HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, Lady Elizabeth Lambart, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone, The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon.
- The bells of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, hailed the arrival of the carriage procession. The Queen arrived at the Abbey with her father, George VI, in the Irish State Coach.
- The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have sat together for five painted portraits during their marriage, in 1949, 1956, 1962, 1966, and 1997.
- When Billy and Kate, as we like to call them, got engaged, they let the Queen and Prince Philip know just two hours before the news became public. So modern of them, right? They do things their way!
- “Middleton” is no longer Kate’s surname. She is now “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.” And for those wondering, “Will Kate ever be Queen?” Well, it’s tricky. She will be a “Queen Consort” when William inherits the throne from his father, Prince Charles. A Queen Consort is the wife of a King.
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