On this week November 17-23

On this week November 17-23


November 20, 1947: Elizabeth marries the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey

In front of 2,000 invited guests and broadcast to 200 million radio listeners worldwide, Princess Elizabeth married the Greek born Philip Mountbatten.

The couple, who are distant cousins, first met at a wedding in 1934 and then became secretly engaged in 1946, before it became publicly announced once Elizabeth turned 21 in 1947.

Like any other bride in post-war Britain, Elizabeth had to collect clothing coupons for her dress. The pair have since become the first British monarch to celebrate a diamond wedding anniversary in 2007.



November 19, 1994- The first lottery draw

For the very first time on this week, those big money balls were released ready to change the life of a select few lucky winners. With an estimated jackpot of £7 million, lottery buyers had a one in 14 million chance of striking lucky in this first draw. But in the end, seven winners received around £800,000 each in the first lottery draw.

In the history of the lottery, the number that has appeared the least number of times in the lucky draw is 20, whilst it's thought that for every draw, 10,000 people choose the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.



November 23, 1975- Queen begin nine week run at No.1 with 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

From Galileo to Scaramouche's fandango, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was unquestionably unique when it arrived on our radios in 1975. Originally thought to be too long to be a hit at 5 minutes and 55 seconds long, Queen proved all the naysayers wrong when it reached the top of the charts, also becoming the year's Christmas number one. The song was released with what's now often recognised as the first pop video which cost just a relatively cheap £5,000 to produce.

November 20, 1992- Fire breaks out in Windsor Castle

When a halogen spotlight was left worryingly close to a curtain in the Queen's Private Chapel, the 900 year old Windsor Castle became alight. The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who was at the castle when the fire started, helped to move valuable items that were threatened by the fire which included one of the world's greatest art collections.

It took 250 firefighters 15 hours to put the fire out and it damaged 100 of the castle's rooms. After years of restoration, Her Majesty, who had been "heartbroken" by the fire, celebrated her Golden Wedding Anniversary with Prince Philip in the restored castle in 1997.