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Royal Family: How is the Queen marking her first wedding anniversary without Prince Philip?


Today (November 20) is an especially sad day for the Queen as it marks the first wedding anniversary that has passed since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip died earlier this year on April 9 at the age of 99.

The royal couple married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests. Their wedding was also broadcast on BBC Radio to a global audience of around 200 million people.

On the occasion of their wedding they were granted the titles of The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, The Earl and Countess of Merioneth and The Baron and Lady Greenwich.

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Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after the ceremony

The Queen is understood to be “privately” marking her first wedding anniversary without her late husband today.

The royal couple married 74 years ago today in London and were the 10th royal couple to hold their service at Westminster Abbey.

As their wedding took place just a few years after the dark days of World War Two, Britain was still operating under rationing measures.



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As a result, Princess Elizabeth had to purchase her wedding dress using clothing ration coupons.

Hundreds of concerned royal fans were worried that the princess wouldn’t be able to get the perfect dress and sent their own assigned coupons to the palace- but they had to be returned as it would have been illegal to use them.



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Princess Elizabeth bought her wedding dress with ration coupons

The Queen famously referred to Prince Philip as her “strength and stay”. She said: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and my stay all these years.”

Princess Elizabeth first met Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark when she was just 13 years old when he had been asked to entertain the two young princesses during an official engagement.

The couple got married eight years after that initial meeting.

It is widely said that the Queen “never looked at anyone else” after they met and, once Philip proposed, his destiny as one of the most famous royal consorts was sealed.

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