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A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS summer, a special exhibition marking The Queen and Prince Philip’s 60th wedding anniversary, A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947, will be on display in Buckingham Palace.

The aim of the exhibition is to recreate the day in 1947 when Princess Elizabeth married The Duke of Edinburgh and, with the aid of archive film footage of the celebrations and behind-the-scenes preparations, to reflect the mood of public rejoicing in the austere post-war days.

The outfits worn by principal members of the wedding party can also be seen together for the first time since November 20, 1947. They include Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress which was designed by Norman Hartnell, as well as the dresses worn by her grandmother Queen Mary, her mother Queen Elizabeth and the bridesmaids. The uniforms worn by King George VI and The Duke of Edinburgh will also be on display.

The royal couple received over 2,500 wedding presents from well-wishers around the world and those on show will include gifts from Mahatma Gandhi, Pope Pius XII, President Chiang Kai Shek and President Truman.

Princess Elizabeth also received many items of jewellery from members of the Royal Family and those displayed in the exhibition will include the diamond bracelet given to her by Prince Philip.

Entry to the exhibition is included in the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace – from July 28 to September 25, 2007.
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A richly illustrated book, Five Gold Rings: A Royal Wedding Souvenir Album accompanies the exhibition.