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A Guide To British Royal Weddings from Queen Victoria to Meghan Markle: 1970s-1990s

For avid Anglophiles and royal-watchers alike, learn more about the Royal Family and their weddings!

Queen Elizabeth's Family

Queen Elizabeth has four children, Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. The four children were married throughout the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Three of the four marriages ended in divorce, something that required the Queen to adapt to the growing changes in sentiment towards divorce in the UK.

Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, is the second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. She married Mark Phillips on November 14, 1973 at Westminster Abbey. The BBC aired the wedding. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1992.

 

History - Princess Anne's wedding (pictures, video, facts & news). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/events/princess_annes_wedding

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer

Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 21, 1981 in St Paul's Cathedral, London. The wedding was marketed as a "fairytale wedding" and nearly 750 million people watched the television broadcast of the wedding. Lady Diana's dress had a twenty-five foot train, that set records and inspired wedding fashion for the next decade. This marriage was highly scrutinized by the media and they divorced in 1996.

Princess of Wales, Diana: 1961-1997. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/diana/stories/glamor0901.htm

 

Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson on July 23, 1986 in Westminster Abbey. Sarah, known as Fergie by the British press, had two different headpieces for the ceremony. She wore a flower crown during her entrance, and then a borrowed tiara in the processional. She also had "S & A" embroidered on the train of her dress. This marriage also ended in divorce in 1996.

Pixeltocode.uk, P. (n.d.). Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II. Retrieved from https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/royals/prince-andrew-son-of-queen-elizabeth-ii/

 

Prince Edward marries Sophie Rhys-Jones

Prince Edward was the last of his siblings to be married. He married commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in St George's Chapel in Windsor in June 19, 1999. They didn't want their wedding to be a "state occasion" so no members of the government were invited. This is the only first marriage of the Queen's children to last.

Emma.Goodey. (2018, August 23). The Countess of Wessex. Retrieved from https://www.royal.uk/the-countess-of-wessex

 

A New Tradition: the Royal Wedding Kiss

 

At Charles and Diana's wedding, the monarch was facing the perception of being stuffy and out-of-touch, so a new tradition was born. Charles and Di with the rest of the family waved at crowds on Buckingham Palace's famous balcony and a new tradition was born.

The History of The Royal Balcony Kiss. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.southernliving.com/news/royal-wedding-balcony-kiss-harry-meghan