“It is with the greatest of pleasure that the King and Queen announce the betrothal of their dearly beloved daughter, the Princess Elizabeth, to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. RN, son of the late Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Andrew (Princess Alice of Battenberg) to which union the King has gladly given his consent,” the statement said to those concerned in 1947- 70 years ago.
The wedding was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury in front of 2,000 invited guests. The wedding was not particularly ostentatious given the poor economical state of post war-Britain. However, the couple received more than 2,500 gifts from around the world and 10,000 telegrams, according to the BBC.
The wedding cake was an impressive four tiers and nine feet high, with ingredients donated by the Australian girl guides—as the UK was in the grip of a sugar-rationing program—according to Bullen.
This probably has to be the longest surviving marriage in the public eye, and the longest among the royals! … probably the most romantic too. Check this out- A Queen weds the love of her life, Prince Philip who pledges during her coronation ceremony, in front of the world, while he knelt: “I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, do become your liege man of life and limb and of earthly worship.”!
They took a portrait to mark the day, both looking very at peace with each other, considering their ages, The Prince 96 and the queen 91. These are people who’ve known each other since the queen was about 13 years old.
It’s nice to see a marriage going strong, although from the outside one may wonder what real challenges a couple like this could have ever faced,certainly not comparable to what 85% of couples out there, but if you’re over 35, you know that life has it’s own special spice of challenge for everyone no matter your age, class or social stand.