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February 13, 2013

Old Wedding Photos of Princess (Now Queen) Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married at 11:30 GMT on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey.

On the morning of her wedding, as Princess Elizabeth was getting dressed at Buckingham Palace before leaving for Westminster Abbey, her tiara snapped. Luckily the court jeweller was standing by in case of emergency. The jeweller was rushed to his work room by a police escort. Queen Elizabeth reassured her daughter that it would be fixed in time, and it was.

For her wedding dress she still required ration coupons to buy the material for her gown, designed by Norman Hartnell.

Below are some of interesting vintage wedding photos of Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947.

Britain's Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh are seen leaving Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947, following their wedding service. (AP Photo)

People lined up to sleep outside Westminster Abbey, London before the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on Nov. 19, 1947. (AP Photo)

A general view of the dense crowd massed in Trafalgar Square, London on Nov. 20, 1947, before the first of the royal wedding processions was due to pass en route to Westminster Abbey as Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh marry. South Africa House and St. Martin-in-the-fields can be seen in the background. (AP Photo)

The glass coach, containing the royal newly-weds, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by an escort of the Household Cavalry, is seen coming up Whitehall towards Admiralty Arch on their way back to Buckingham Palace after their marriage at Westminster Abbey, London on Nov. 20, 1947. (AP Photo)

The royal newly-weds, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, acknowledge the cheers of the crowd as they drove from Buckingham Palace to Waterloo Station in London on Nov. 20, 1947. Later they left by special Royal Train from platform 11 bound for Winchester. Their honeymoon is being spent at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire, at Earl Mountbatten’s home. (AP Photo)

The bridal procession, with the sovereign's escort of Household Cavalry, is seen leaving Buckingham Palace in London for Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947. Princess Elizabeth drove with her father, King George VI in the Irish coach as she traveled to marry the Duke of Edinburgh. Buckingham Palace and the Victoria memorial can be seen in the background. (AP Photo)

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 photo, after their wedding. From left to right, King George VI, Princess Margaret, Lady Mary Cambridge, the bride and bridegroom, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. The Queen celebrates her 80th birthday on April 21, 2006. (AP Photo)

A billowing flag, part of the decorations on Admiralty Arch, frames the royal bridal procession as it passes down the mall on the way to Westminster Abbey in London. In the foreground is the Irish Coach, containing the bride British Princess Elizabeth and her father, King George VI, followed by the sovereign's escort of the household cavalry, on its way to the Abbey November 20, 1947, for the upcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (Duke of Edinburgh). (AP Photo)

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. The three boys in front, from left to right are: Prince William of Gloucestershire, Prince Michael of Kent, both pageboys, and Prince Richard of Gloucestershire. First row, from left to right, commencing third person: Princess Margaret, The Marquess of Milford Haven- the best man, the bride and bridegroom, Princess Alexandra of Kent- bridesmaid, King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Gloucestershire, the Duchess of Gloucestershire. Woman seated and woman standing behind are unidentified, Crown Prince Gustav Adolf of Sweden at far right, wearing spectacles. Second row, from left to right, commencing third person: Countess Mountbatten, the Duchess of Kent, Princess Juliana- regent of Netherlands, Queen Frederika of the Hellenes, Queen Mary, ex-Queen Ena of Spain, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, Queen Frederika of Norway, remainder unidentified. Third row, from left to right, ex-King Peter of Yugoslavia, Earl Mountbatten, Prince Bernhard of Netherlands, King Haakon of Norway, Prince George of Greece, unidentified person, King Frederik of Denmark, King Michael of Romania, remainder unidentified. (AP Photo)

In this Nov. 20, 1947 file photo, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, places the ring on the finger of his bride, Princess Elizabeth, during their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, in London. At bride's left is King George VI. At Philip's right is his best man, Marquis of Milford Haven. At extreme left on altar is the Earl of Mountbatten, Philip's uncle. Standing by unoccupied chair at right side of altar is Queen Elizabeth. Next to her is the Queen Mother Mary. Clarence House in London announced Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010, that Prince William will marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 (AP Photo/file)

Britain's Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947, after their wedding service. They are followed by Prince Michael of Kent and Prince William of Gloucester holding the bridal train, the eight bridesmaids and then the bestman the Marquess of Milford Haven. (AP Photo)

Britain's Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh kneel before the altar as they are blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, following their wedding service in Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947. Holding the bridal train are Prince Michael of Kent and Prince William of Gloucester, and directly behind them is Princess Margaret, the bride's sister. Front seats from right to left; King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the bride's parents and Queen Mary. (AP Photo)

Huddled together on the pavement, opposite Westminster Abbey, London on Nov. 20, 1947, these people made sure of their positions for the Royal procession for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. (AP Photo)

This is the first image of the royal newly-weds H.RH. British Princess Elizabeth - Duchess of Edinburgh, and H.RH. Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh, in the grounds of Broadlands (the home of Earl Mountbatten, governer-general of India), at Ramsey, Hampshire, where they are spending their honeymoon, November 23, 1947. The royal couple are looking at photographs of their wedding which was held at Westminster Abbey, November 20, 1947. (AP Photo)


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