Published on November 20th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Royal Wedding Platinum Anniversary
Today, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary. In other words, seventy years of marriage.
This year in the UK only 1,260 couples celebrate seventy years of marriage. Each couple receive a personal card from Buckingham Palace in this special year for Her Majesty and her husband.
On 20th November 1947, the royal couple married at Westminster Abbey. The grand ceremony was witnessed by 2,000 guests and was broadcast on the radio to over 200 million listeners. It was the first Royal event following the end of the Second World War and gave the country something to celebrate, after years or hardship and rationing.
The Queen first met her future husband in 1939 when she was just thirteen years old. Yet, even then she knew he was the one for her. They exchanged letters whilst Prince Philip served in the Navy and in 1946 they secretly became engaged. Yet, it wasn’t until the following year that it was made official after Princess Elizabeth’s 21st birthday.
Top 10 Royal Wedding Facts
- The Queen and Prince Philip first met at a wedding. Prince Philip’s cousin Princess Marina of Greece married the Duke of Kent.
- Her Majesty saved up her war ration cards to buy the silk fabric for her wedding dress. Many British women sent their own ration coupons to the Queen so she could have the dress of her dreams. However, it was illegal to give the coupons away and so they were returned.
- Sir Norman Hartnell designed the dress which included 10,000 white pearls. The silk came from Chinese silkworms at Lullingstone Castle and the fabric was woven by the Scottish firm Winterthur in Dunfermline.
- The Queen started her wedding day with a cup of tea. Meanwhile, the Duke is said to have enjoyed a gin and tonic before heading to Westminster Abbey.
- The Duke of Edinburgh apparently still fits into the Royal Navy uniform he wore at his wedding.
- The Queen’s tiara snapped just before the ceremony and had to be repaired swiftly by the court jeweller.
- Her wedding bouquet was laid at the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey. This tradition was started by the Queen Mother and continues today, most recently by the Duchess of Cambridge.
- The couple received over 2,500 wedding presents. Many were put on display for several days as part of a charity exhibition at St James Palace. More than 200,000 attended the exhibition.
- As food rationing was still in place at the time of the wedding, the Royal Wedding Cake was created using ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides. The four-tier cake stood nine feet tall. A further eleven cakes were also given as presents.
- The happy couple were accompanied on their honeymoon by The Queen’s corgi, Susan. They spent their wedding night at Broadlands in Hampshire before spending the rest of their honeymoon at Balmoral.
Royal Wedding Platinum Anniversary Special Stamps
This momentous occasion has been marked by the release today of a special set of Royal Wedding Platinum Anniversary stamps. The six stamps feature images from 1947. Two stamps feature photos from the Royal Engagement, two from the Royal Wedding and two from the Royal Honeymoon.
The seven Royal Wedding Platinum Anniversary Stamp Cards depict each of the stamp images in postcard size along with one featuring an image of the miniature sheet in full.
As Christmas is quickly approaching, these items would be the perfect stocking filler for Royal enthusiasts. You can also find an array of collectible items including special stamps and coins in the Royalty collectibles section at the Post Office Shop.