Elizabeth II and now, unfortunately, the late Prince Philip have been married for almost 74 years. Whole life! Cosmo recalls what the British royal family looked like on their wedding day, from the Queen and her consort to their grandchildren.
“Until death do us part,” is a phrase that, alas, has become a reality for Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9, 2021, two months before his 100th birthday, and just over six months before his 74th anniversary with his beloved wife. It was a beautiful love story - long, happy, full of ups and downs, but they always went hand in hand. We offer you to see what the spouses looked like on their wedding day, and remember how other members of the British royal family walked down the aisle - seeking to repeat "happily ever after" like Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Wedding Date: November 20, 1947
Were married: 73 years
Two years after the end of World War II, Britain was still living in hunger and ruin, which is why the future spouses Elizabeth and Philip wanted to make a very modest wedding, so as not to anger the people with a feast during the plague. Imagine their surprise when it turned out that this holiday is vital for the people.
For example, one newspaper polled readers: "Should the princess's wedding be the first post-war event that will awaken traditional joy and merriment in the British from the general holidays?" 86% of readers confidently stated: yes, it should. And she became so. The whole world collected for a magnificent wedding: subjects even donated their coupons. Only the official guests were invited to about two thousand people. And how many spectators there were! And years later, Elizabeth II recalled that this was one of the happiest days in her life.
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Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
Wedding date: November 14, 1973
Were married: 18 years
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Anne has been married twice. In her first marriage to Mark Phillips, the royal rebel lived for 18 years, gave birth to two children - Peter and Zara. The divorce of the spouses took place on April 23, 1992.
Princess Anne and Timothy Lawrence
Wedding date: December 12, 1992
Married: 29 years
Princess Anne's second marriage became much happier than the previous one. This time Timothy Lawrence became her chosen one. By her act, the daughter of Elizabeth II broke the statistics, becoming the first previously divorced member of the royal family since the time of Henry VIII to remarry.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Wedding date: December 12, 1992
Were married: 15 years
So much has been said, written and filmed about this marriage that it seems that the entire personal life of the spouses of Prince Charles and Princess Diana has been disassembled into atoms. On that day, December 12, 1992, both seemed happy, although each understood that true love did not happen in this union.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Wedding date: April 9, 2005
Married: 16 years
The main love of Prince Charles was and remains Camilla Parker Bowles. After parting with the "queen of hearts", he could not introduce his chosen one to the queen for a long time. And when this happened and she finally approved the marriage of her son, Princess Diana died.The wedding had to be postponed again - for seven long years. A modest wedding in the circle of those closest took place only on April 9, 2005.
In 2021, on the 16th anniversary of their wedding, a terrible thing happened in the family: Prince Charles' father, Prince Philip, died at the age of 100.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Wedding date: July 23, 1986
Were married: 9 years
The wedding, where newlyweds Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson wanted to live happily ever after, turned out to be one of the most toxic royal marriages. It is not for nothing that to this day the ex-spouses call themselves "the happiest divorced couple in the world." After his divorce in May 1996, Prince Edrew decided not to tie the knot anymore. It's a pity! Perhaps, in this case, he would not have gotten into such a loud sex scandal.
Prince Edward and Sophie Reed-Jones
Wedding date: June 19, 1999
Married: 22 years
The youngest and most distant from scandals and vicissitudes, the son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip got married at the age of 35, but, it seems, once and for life. With his wife Sophie, they are raising a son and a daughter.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly
Wedding date: May 17, 2008
Were married: 13 years
The first of the grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth to go to the altar was Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips. Alas, the man repeated the fate of his parents, and his first marriage turned into a divorce: Peter and Autumn broke up in April 1992.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Wedding date: April 29, 2011
Married: 10 years
Clever Will for almost 10 years hesitated to propose to his girlfriend Kate Middleton. But in 2010, the patient Catherine still waited for her finest hour. Princess Diana's son gave the bride his mother's ring, which made this event especially significant for her. The couple are happy to this day: this year, parents of large families will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
Zara and Mike Tindall
Wedding date: July 30, 2011
Married: 10 years
The marriage of Zara Tyndall (nee Phillips) to Mike Tyndall was truly happy. This year, the couple will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, and in March they became parents for the third time!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Wedding date: May 19, 2018
Married: 3 years
One of the most talked about couples, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, got married in May 2018. Many discussed this holiday not from the point of view of the splendor of the celebration, but from the point of view of the number of rules and traditions violated by Megan, which, by the way, she continued to do, even being Harry's legal wife. In 2020, the couple renounced royal duties, moved to the United States with their son Archie, and very soon their second child will be born. It is already known that it will be a girl.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Wedding date: October 12, 2018
Married: almost 3 years
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank met in 2010, and a relationship began almost immediately. However, the granddaughter of Elizabeth II received the marriage proposal only 8 years later. But she waited! In February 2021, the couple became parents for the first time.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi
Wedding date: July 17, 2020
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The elder sister of Princess Eugenie Beatrice, nevertheless, went to the altar second. The wedding with her lover Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi was postponed several times - at first the sex scandal involving her father, Prince Andrew, was to blame, then a pandemic happened … The happy event happened as soon as it became possible: July 17, 2020.
Earlier we told the love story of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. Also read what life was like for the late consort of the British queen. Read about 10 things Kate Middleton is not allowed to do here.
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