Royal Platinum Wedding: the bride, through veils of time

A princess, a queen in waiting, royal history in the making. Elizabeth was many things on her wedding day, November 20th 1947, but above all she was a bride. She was on show to the world and being scrutinised by millions but throughout that day there were moments just for her. Seventy years may have passed but some survive, caught on camera while the bride's thoughts were caught elsewhere. As the Queen and Prince Philip prepare to celebrate their Platinum Wedding Anniversary, here is Elizabeth the bride, through the veils of time...

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Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the princess who always kept calm and carried on, shows just the smallest hint of nerves as she arrives at Westminster Abbey on November 20th 1947 with her father, King George VI.

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A moment of history as George VI prepares to walk with the princess through the ancient Abbey at Westminster, among their ancestors, past the walls that have witnessed some of the most important royal moments of all. King and heir, father and daughter. 

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Elizabeth and Philip married in the morning but the grey November day and the solemnity of the Abbey throw shadows all around the bride as she walks towards her groom.

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King George takes a step back as his daughter stands beside her husband at the altar. The emotion of their faces is hidden but the scene is still magical.

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The happy couple prepare to begin the next phase of their lives. Now husband and wife, Philip and Elizabeth get ready to face the world. At the heart of it all, a beautiful bride, caught forever in the veils of time.


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