Monday, 20 November 2017

Congratulations to the Royal Couple.

Wow!!  When Britain's 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth married 26-year-old Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in 1947, the wedding sparked joy and celebration in a country just recovering from World War II.

Norman Hartnell designed her dress. He said " I helped make the Queens wedding dress and I loved it so much"

Her wedding dress featured a fitted bodice, a heart-shaped neckline with scalloped edge and an intricate 13ft star-patterned train. With stars being so on trend at the moment you could say the Queens dress is still inspiring wedding dresses today. But I have to admit I see them more as daffodils, what do you think?

The gown featured the rose of York and was hand-embroidered with more than 10,000 seed pearls and crystals.

 The Princess was given 200 extra clothing coupons from the Government towards her wedding trousseau as was the custom for all brides during the time of rationing after the Second World War.

 Women across the UK, keen to ensure Princess Elizabeth would have the dress of her dreams, sent their own coupons to the young royal to help out. But it was illegal to give coupons away and the gifts had to be returned.

Seven decades on, the couple who would become Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip -- now 91 and 96, respectively -- are still going strong, their marriage a bedrock in British public life amid a world of change.

The pair wed at Westminster Abbey in London on Nov. 20, 1947. On the day of the wedding Prince Phillip is said to have promised his new bride he would give up smoking. 

The Queen started her day with a cup of good English tea while the Duke is said to have supped a gun and tonic before the ceremony. 

At the time, Winston Churchill summed up the occasion in 1947 as "a flash of colour on the hard road we travel," according to BBC News.

Like today the Queen had plenty of bridesmaids 8 in total. Princess Elizabeth's eight bridesmaids wore wreaths in their hair of miniature white sheaves of lilies and London Pride, modelled in white satin and silver lame.  One of her bridesmaids was her sister Princess Margaret. 

There were two pages - the Princess's five-year-old cousins Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent, who were dressed in Royal Stewart tartan kilts and frilled white shirts.

Today Prince Phillip can still fit into his Royal Navy uniform he wore that day. ( how many people could say that today!)

Not many of us will celebrate 70 yrs of marriage!!

Could this be our next Royal Couple to be married??

Speculation is growing and already bridal designers have been saying what they would suggest for Meghan. 

What would you choose if you could design the Dress of Your Dreams??

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