Princess Elizabeth's wedding attire

The marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten - November 20, 1947

elizabeth_gownThe bride’s dress

Princess Elizabeth wore a full length silk gown made of ivory duchesse satin, designed by Norman Hartnell. The dress, with a 15-foot train that was attached at the shoulders, was embroidered at the neckline, as well as along the sleeve edges, the front bodice and throughout the skirt and train with garlands of orange blossoms, jasmine, the white rose of York, and ears of wheat. Ten thousand seed pearls were used for the embroidery. It is said that women from all over the country sent their clothing ration stamps so that the silk for the dress could be purchased.


The bride’s tiara and veil

The future queen wore the Hanover Fringe tiara, the diamonds of which were originally used in 1830 by court jewelers Rundell, Bridge & Rundell to form a necklace. It was later mounted on a frame for Queen Victoria so that it could be worn as a tiara.

The delicate frame allegedly broke shortly before the ceremony but the court jeweler was on hand to repair the tiara in time.

bouquetThe veil contained more than 100 miles of gossamer silk thread.

The bride’s bouquet

The bride's wedding bouquet was made of white orchids with a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet. The day after the wedding, Princess Elizabeth followed a Royal tradition started by her mother, of sending her wedding bouquet back to Westminster Abbey to be laid on the grave of the Unknown Warrior.

An identical copy of the bouquet was made and presented to The Queen on her Golden Wedding in 1997.


The bride’s attendants

The bride was attended by eight bridesmaids: her sister Princess Margaret Rose, Margaret Elphinstone, Diana Bowes-Lyon, Lady Caroline Montague Douglas-Scott, Lady Elizabeth Lambert, the Marquis of Milford-Haven, Lady Mary Cambridge, and Lady Pamela Mountbatten.

There were two pages: HRH Prince William of Gloucester and HRH Prince Michael of Kent.


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