On the 19th May this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will add to the rich tradition of British royal weddings over the years. The beginning of their marital adventure is sure to be a magical day and bring all the pomp and ceremony of a Great British celebration! At The Insurance Emporium, we are very excited for this right royal knees-up! In preparation, here is our guide to royal weddings through the years!
King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
On 26th April 1923, the future King married the daughter of a Scottish aristocrat at Westminster Abbey in a public service. This was a great break from tradition at the time, although it wasn’t broadcast on radio for fear that men would listen to it in the pub! This wedding signalled the start of the tradition of laying the bridal bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Upon their wedding the couple became the Duke and Duchess of York and took their honeymoon in Scotland and Surrey.
Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten
Our reigning Queen, Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten on 20th November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. The ceremony was broadcast on the radio and almost 200 million people listened in worldwide! After they’d married, the couple headed back to Buckingham Palace where they appeared on the balcony to wave to their adoring public. Their honeymoon was spent on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland, a place that has gone on to become a firm favourite of the couple!
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
The wedding of Princess Margaret to Antony Armstrong-Jones was a landmark occasion as it was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television. The ceremony took place on 6th May 1960 at Westminster Abbey and was watched by 20 million people! The day took a similar form to Margaret’s parents wedding, in that they headed to Buckingham Palace after their nuptials to wave to the public. After this they boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia on the River Thames and set sail for a Caribbean honeymoon!
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
This event might be one of the most fairy-tale royal weddings in modern history, with over 600,000 lining the streets of London to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana. The wedding took place on 29th July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral and was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The royal newlyweds travelled back to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony for the now-traditional kiss on the balcony. The pair then climbed aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise to celebrate.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
The 29th April 2011 saw the largest royal wedding of the century take place at Westminster Abbey. The day was declared a public holiday and included many of the traditional aspects of a royal wedding, despite Prince William not being the heir apparent to the throne. A total of 36.7 million people tuned into the wedding on television, with around 72 million viewing live streams on YouTube and 5,000 street parties held across the UK. It really was a big old royal knees up! Due to Prince William’s work in the RAF, their honeymoon was limited to ten days on a private island in the Seychelles.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot this year, we’re sure that there will be huge excitement all across Britain and the rest of the world. This wedding will see Meghan become the first American to marry into the Royal Family since 1937! If you find yourself following in Harry and Meghan’s footsteps and getting married this year then you might want to think about getting some Wedding Insurance to help cover for the unforeseen. At The Insurance Emporium, our Wedding Insurance policies come in seven different policy types and can be arranged with a simple one-off payment! Vow to head to The Insurance Emporium and find out more!
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