As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal wedding rapidly approaches, we thought what better time to look at the Royal weddings spanning the last century and see what made them special!

 

George VI’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family george vi and elizabeth WHEN : 26 April 1923 (before George VI was crowned King)

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : George VI married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

HONEYMOON : Scotland and Surrey.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : Royal weddings were traditionally held within a royal chapel, however, in order to raise spirits after World War I, it was decided George VI and Elizabeth’s wedding would be a public affair at Westminster Abbey.

 

 

Elizabeth II’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family elizabeth ii and phillipWHEN : 20 November 1947 (before Elizabeth II was crowned Queen)

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO: Elizabeth II married Phillip Mountbatten.

HONEYMOON : Broadlands, Hampshire and Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL:  The wedding was broadcast on the radio to 200,000 million listeners worldwide.

 

 

Princess Margaret’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family princess margarent and anthony armstrong-jonesWHEN : 06 May 1960

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

HONEYMOON : Caribbean.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : It was the first wedding to ever be televised, with 20 million viewers tuning in.

 

 

Princess Anne’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family princess anne and mark phillipsWHEN : 14 November 1973

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips.

HONEYMOON : Aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : It was only the 2nd time in over 200 years that a Royal had married a commoner.

 

 

Prince Charles’ Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family charles and dianaWHEN : 29 July 1981

WHERE : St Paul’s Cathedral

WHO : Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

HONEYMOON : Cruise upon the Royal Yacht Britannia to Egypt followed by a stay at Balmoral.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : Viewed by a television audience of an estimated 750 million, it is the most popular programme ever broadcast.

 

 

Prince Andrew’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family andrew and sarahWHEN : 23 July 1986

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson.

HONEYMOON : Azores.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : 2000 guests attended the ceremony, two note worthy names being British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the US First Lady Nancy Reagan.

 

 

Prince Edward’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family edward and sophieWHEN : 19 June 1999

WHERE : St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

WHO : Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones.

HONEYMOON : Balmoral.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : The wedding did not follow the format of previous Royal weddings, and was primarily for friends and family – at the couple’s request.

 

 

Prince Charles’ 2nd Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family charles and camillaWHEN : 09 April 2005

WHERE : Windsor’s Guildhall.

WHO : Prince Charles married Camilla Shand.

HONEYMOON : Scotland

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : The couple had a small, private civil wedding at the Guildhall and then a service of blessing at Windsor Castle.

 

 

Prince William’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family william and kateWHEN : 29 April 2011

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Prince William married Kate Middleton.

HONEYMOON : Seychelles.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : Some half a million people gathered outside the gates of Buckingham Palace to watch the famous balcony kiss.

 

 

Prince Harry’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family harry and meghanWHEN : 19 May 2018

WHERE : St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

WHO : Prince Harry is due to marry Meghan Markle.

WHAT MAKES THIS WEDDING SPECIAL : The wedding is a testament to the positive changes made within British society and the House of Windsor since the last time an America divorcee married into the Royal family.

 

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