A trio of November royal brides

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day
November 20th 1947, Buckingham Palace

November isn't overladen with royal weddings but among them is one of the most historic royal of them all. For this is the month in which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their wedding anniversary. The longest marriage in British royal history began on a cold November day in 1947 and seven decades later it's still being celebrated. The sparkle and joy of that event is among those remembered here as we look at three royal brides for November.

Queen Elizabeth II,  November 20th 1947
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, then heir to the throne, married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on November 20th 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London. The wedding of the elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth was broadcast to millions around the world and it was seen as a beacon of hope in the post war years with the bride famously receiving ration coupons from around the country to help provide for her wedding dress. The couple have gone on to break many royal records and this month they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. A landmark indeed.


Princess Anne, November 14th 1973
Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, only daughter of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, married Captain Mark Phillips on November 14th 1973 at Westminster Abbey with tens of millions watching on television. Anne, later Princess Royal, was the first of the Queen's children to wed and her husband famously refused a title at the time of their marriage. They had two children, Peter and Zara, and shared a love of horse riding and equestrianism. They divorced in 1992. 

Alexandra Manley, November 18th 1995
Alexandra Christina Manley became a royal bride on November 18th 1995 when she married Prince Joachim, the younger son of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark. Their wedding was held at the Chapel of Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerod with a reception at the Fredensborg Palace. It was the first big royal nuptials in several years and attracted guests from all the ruling houses of Europe as the then second in line to the Danish throne said 'I do'. The couple had two sons, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, but soon after the marriage of Joachim's brother, Frederik, in 2004 they announced their separation and they were divorced in 2005.  


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