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Royal wedding: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding

On Nov. 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth, 21, and Prince Philip Mountbatten, 26, married at Westminster Abbey in London.

Prince Philip, son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, received the title Duke of Edinburgh on his wedding day.

The Los Angeles Times reported that they “married in a ceremony of breathtaking beauty” and drove past well-wishers in a glass carriage to shouts of “we want the bride.”

Jan. 1, 1947: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth pose with their daughter Princess Elizabeth, left, her fiance, Lt. Philip Mountbatten, and Princess Margaret in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, London.
Jan. 1, 1947: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth pose with their daughter Princess Elizabeth, left, her fiance, Lt. Philip Mountbatten, and Princess Margaret in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace, London.
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September 1947: Portrait of Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten.
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Sep. 17, 1947: Princess Elizabeth and Royal Navy Lt. Philip Mountbatten pose in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace.
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Nov. 17, 1947: Some of the royal wedding gifts are displayed at St James's Palace, London, when they were on view to the public. In the center of the middle shelf is the vase of engraved Steuben glass given to the couple by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
Nov. 17, 1947: Some of the royal wedding gifts are displayed at St James’s Palace, London, when they were on view to the public. In the center of the middle shelf is the vase of engraved Steuben glass given to the couple by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
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Nov. 19, 1947: People spend the night outside London's Westminster Abbey before the royal wedding.
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Nov. 20, 1947: A billowing flag, part of the decorations on Admiralty Arch, frames the royal bridal procession as it passes on its way to Westminster Abbey.
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The Irish Coach escorted by the Household Cavalry and carrying Princess Elizabeth and King George VI arrives at the west door to Westminster Abbey.
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Nov. 20: 1947: The royal wedding takes place inside Westminster Abbey.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, places the ring on the finger of his bride, Princess Elizabeth.
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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth lead the procession of royal guests down the aisle of Westminster Abbey after the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
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Led by the Very Rev. Alan Campbell Don, Dean of Westminster Abbey, Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pass the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as they walk toward the west door of Westminster Abbey.
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A high-angled shot of the royal newlyweds, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, leaving Westminster Abbey.
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The newlyweds continue out of Westminster Abbey.
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Inside the horse-drawn Glass Coach, Philip holds Elizabeth's hand.
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The princess and duke wave to the crowd as they depart Westminster Abbey in the Glass Coach, traditionally used to transport royal brides. Princess Diana would ride in it decades later on the way to her wedding.
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Escorted by a troop of Household Cavalry, the coach circles the Victoria Memorial and heads for the gates of Buckingham Palace, lower left.
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Elizabeth and Philip pose for the official wedding picture, taken after their return to Buckingham Palace.
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The newlyweds pose with royal guests at Buckingham Palace.
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Nov. 20, 1947: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave to the crowd from the palace balcony. From left are, King George VI, Princess Margaret, Lady Mary Cambridge, the bride and bridegroom, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, grandmother of the bride.
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