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Elizabeth: The princess bride

Luxurious white bridal gowns, horse-drawn carriages, princes and princesses preparing to live "happily ever after" — for fans of the British Royal Family, there's nothing quite as thrilling as a grand royal wedding. As the spring nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton approach, CBC Digital Archives looks back at British royal weddings since 1947.

Postwar rationing is still a fact of life in 1947 Britain, but a royal wedding is no place for austerity. Princess Elizabeth is about to marry, and Britons want a bit of pageantry with the event. So, for the first time since the war, members of the royal household cavalry will wear their dress uniforms instead of drab khaki. Details of the bridal gown, however, are supposed to remain a strict secret until after the wedding, reports the CBC's Matthew Halton.

• Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten met in July 1939 at the Royal Naval College, where he had been a cadet and she was visiting with her father. They corresponded over the years and announced their engagement in July 1947.

• Mountbatten was made Duke of Edinburgh shortly before the wedding. In 1957, the palace announced that Queen Elizabeth had designated him a Prince of the United Kingdom. He would henceforth be known as Prince Philip.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: Nov. 13, 1947
Host: Larry Henderson
Reporter: Matthew Halton
Duration: 3:09

Last updated: November 22, 2012

Page consulted on February 4, 2014

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