Historic photos: The Queen and Duke’s wedding

The Queen & Prince Philip wave from the royal balcony

The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, married in 1947 – we look back at where it all began.

The Queen & Prince Philip's wedding
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (formerly Lt Philip Mountbatten, RN) as they leave Westminster Abbey after their marriage ceremony. Image Credit: PA Pictures

Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip’s long marriage has been a mainstay of the monarch’s reign.

On the 20 November 1947, royals from around the world arrived in London for the one of the biggest events of the decade, the wedding of Elizabeth II. The ceremony, held at Westminster Abbey, was attended by royals from Spain, Norway, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands. The Queen was the 10th member of the Royal Family to be married in the Abbey. The first royal wedding to take place there was when King Henry I married Princess Matilda of Scotland on 11 November, 1100.

And, made clear during the moving tribute she made to her husband in a speech at London’s Guildhall in 1997 to mark 50 years of marriage, this relationship has long been a strong and successful one: “He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments,” she said. “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.”

We raise a glass to them and honour their enduring union and achievement with a small selection of the most iconic images of this incredible royal couple.

The Royal Wedding of 1947
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh pose with Royal guests at Buckingham Palace in London, England, after their wedding on Nov. 20, 1947. Image Credit: PA Pictures
The Queen & Prince Philip wave from the royal balcony
The Royal Wedding of 1947 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, in this Nov. 20, 1947 file photo, after their wedding. Image Credit: PA Pictures
The Queen & Prince Philip
The Queen & Prince Philip. Image Credit: www.royal.gov.uk
The Queen & Prince Philip's wedding
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh (formerly Lt Philip Mountbatten, RN) as they leave Westminster Abbey after their marriage ceremony. Credit: PA Pictures
Queen-&-Prince-Philip-Anniversary
The Queen & Prince Philip. Image Credit: PA Pictures

 

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