Princess Margaret (the Queen’s sister), married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey on 6th May 1960. ‚ Their wedding was the first Royal wedding to be broadcast on television.
Princess Margaret was born at Glamis Castle in 1930 and was ‚ the first royal birth in Scotland since the 17th Century.
The Duke of Edinburgh escorted Princess Margaret down the aisle, for her father (King George VI) had died years earlier in 1952.
She dressed in white silk, a gown also designed by ‚ Norman Hartnell, and wore the diamond Poltimore Tiara from the 1870s.
Here’s a beautiful image of the Queen with Philip Mountbatten on their wedding day on 20th ‚ November 1947. ‚ Just ‚ how gorgeous is her dress.
Philip Mountbatten was born on the Greek island of Corfu. ‚ He and Princess Elizabeth first met at a wedding in 1934. ‚ They became secretly engaged in 1946, and held off with the public announcement until Elizabeth turned 21 in early 1947.
Elizabeth and Philip were also married at Westminster Abbey. ‚ The wedding dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, and was made of satin decorated ‚ with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms. ‚ Elizabeth had to use ration coupons to obtain the material for her dress.
Staying on the Royal wedding theme this week, here’s a beautiful picture of the Queen Mother in her wedding dress.
Back then she was known as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and on ‚ 26th April 1923 she married ‚ Frederick Arthur ‚ George, the then Duke of York ‚ who became King George VI in December 1926. ‚ The couple became the Duke and Duchess of York.
The Duke of York actually proposed to Elizabeth 3 times, and on the third time he was lucky, for she said yes.
It was Elizabeth who started the tradition of laying her bridal bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
Well it seems almost everyone is talking about the upcoming Royal Wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, which takes place on Friday 29th April at Westminster Abbey.
Everywhere I look there is merchandise for sale to commemorate their special day, from the traditional to ‚ a range of very quirky products.
Did you see Britain’s Royal Weddings on BBC1 last night at 9pm? ‚ If not, you can download it from BBC iPlayer. ‚ Part 1, last night, ‚ was a really interesting review of past Royal Weddings from the Queen Mother, through to Princess Margaret.
A note of some local wedding fayres coming up in and around Ayrshire over the next couple of months:
- Sunday 10th April Holiday Inn East Kilbride 1 to 4pm
- Sunday 17th April Mother & Daughter Day at Seamill Hydro 2 to 630pm
- Sunday 17th April at Lochside House Hotel by Cumnock 12noon to 4pm
- Saturday 7th May Open Day at Brisbane House Hotel in Largs
- Sunday 22nd May Glasgow Girls Wedding Fayre at Parklands Country Club in Newton Mearns 12noon to 5pm