Before the lavish ceremony for William and Kate, and before Charles and Diana’s fairytale nuptials, there was the glamorous wedding of Elizabeth and Philip. A Very Royal Wedding celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage in November 1947.

Set against the backdrop of a battered post-war Britain when resources were scarce and rationing was common, the country pitched in to pull off an extravagant occasion against the odds. This was “the people’s wedding” and presenter Alexander Armstrong meets the ordinary people who made this such a special day, including one of the seamstresses responsible for the spectacular wedding dress. With an army of experts, Armstrong recreates the glamorous details - the Queen’s exquisite 3-carat diamond engagement ring, her beautiful wedding bouquet and her show-stopping 9-foot-high, 500-pound wedding cake.

A Very Royal Wedding includes contributions from actors Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock, sharing their memories of the wedding, as well as revealing insights from those who were part of the big day, such as page boy Prince Michael of Kent. Featuring colour archival footage, some never seen before, and the Queen’s own private home movies, A Very Royal Wedding celebrates the royal event of the 20th century.

Credits (Click to expand)

Presenter

ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG

Photography

PATRICK ACUM

Additional Photography

CARLO D'ALESSANDRO

KELLY BETON

TOM HEYWOOD

SAMUEL JACKSON

Drone Footage

DEAN WYNTON

Composer

ANDY COWTON

Sound

STUART THOMPSON

Additional Sound

PETER BRILL

Dubbing Mixer

MATT SKILTON

Archive Courtesy of

ALAMY

AP ARCHIVE / BRITISH MOVIETONE

ARTURO BEECHE

BFI NATIONAL ARCHIVE

BRENT ARCHIVES

BRITISH PATHE

DAILY EXPRESS / N&S SYNDICATION

FIFE CULTURAL TRUST AND MR HENRY BOSSHARDT

FOOTAGE TEAM

GETTY IMAGES

HUGO BURNAND

HUNTLEY FILM ARCHIVES

ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS LTD / MARY EVANS

ITN SOURCE

ITV ARCHIVE

MIRRORPIX

PRIVATE CINE FILM BY GRACIOUS PERMISSION OF

HM THE QUEEN AND HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

REUTERS / SCREENOCEAN

SWNS

TOPFOTO

WILLIAM & GEORGINA HUSTLER /

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY LONDON

With Thanks To

LE CORDON BLEU

ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA

Archive Producer

JANE BIGGER

Edit Producer

JULIA MAIR

Additional Editing

RICK APLIN

Online Editor

ADAM GRANT

Colourist

ANDREW CLOKE

Assistant Producer

NATALIE WOOLMAN

Production Coordinator

ALICE KENT

Line Producer

HOLLY WINTGENS

Head of Production

ANNABEL LEE

Film Editor

HANNAH BRIERE-EDNEY

Executive Producers

SUSAN JONES

NICOLAS KENT

Producer and Director

ELEANOR SCOONES

© Oxford Film and Television Ltd 2017

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