Royal family fans will want to clear next Monday night for an evening of nostalgia, courtesy of ITV’s A Very Royal Wedding. The documentary, hosted by Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong, will look back at Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s wedding, ahead of their 70th anniversary on November 20.
The documentary, which will run from 9pm – 10.10pm, will look back on their wedding day with contributions from Joan Collins, Sheila Hancock and page boy Prince Michael of Kent, who all look back on their own memories. Alexander will also meet one of the seamstresses responsible for the Queen’s gorgeous wedding dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell and required Princess Elizabeth to use ration coupons to obtain the material!
It was known as ‘the people’s wedding’, in part as it came so soon after the war and gave the people of Britain a real boost. It took place at Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests and was broadcast via the radio to 200 million listeners. The pair later took to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to well-wishers.
We’ll also get to see recreations of the Queen’s 3-carat diamond engagement ring, her wedding bouquet and the whopping 9ft wedding cake. There will be colour archive of the wedding and some of the Queen’s private home film footage of the day.
Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten are in fact distant cousins, and met at a wedding in 1934. They became secretly engaged in 1946 but it wasn’t formerly announced until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday in April 1947.
Their wedding resulted in more than 2,500 gifts from around the world and 10,000 ‘congratulations’ telegrams! They spent their wedding night in Broadlands, Hampshire before going on to Birkhall, on the Balmoral Estate, for the rest of their honeymoon.
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As we all know, their marriage resulted in Prince Charles (1948), Princess Anne (1950), Prince Andrew (1960) and Prince Edward (1964).