The Queen's Wedding
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip
Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 was a glamorous antidote to
post-war austerity. The notion of a post-war Renaissance was
consciously echoed by the designer, Norman Hartnell, who created an
exquisite wedding dress inspired by Botticelli's Primavera. The
white satin gown was garlanded with York roses, star flowers and
orange blossom, all encrusted with pearls and crystals.
Accompanied by eight bridesmaids and two pageboys, Elizabeth was greeted by a fanfare as she began her long walk down the nave of Westminster Abbey. At the altar stood the groom dressed in his ordinary naval uniform, but wearing the insignia of a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter. Just that morning the King had given him the title of Duke of Edinburgh.
The Archbishop of York gave a rousing address and the newly-weds
walked out of the West Door of the Abbey to the accompaniment of
Mendelssohn's Wedding March. They travelled back to the Palace
through the crowded and drizzly streets of London in the Glass
Coach, with its scarlet-liveried outriders and Household Cavalry
After the requisite balcony appearance a wedding breakfast was held for 150 guests, with a menu featuring unrationed partridges and Filet de Sole Mountbatten. After the reception the couple were showered with rose petals by their family, and drove in an open carriage to Waterloo Station, beginning their honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire.