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#RoyalWeddings recap

With Prince Harry’s wedding underway today, we’re sharing all our posts from this past week’s #RoyalWeddings theme. (With a few extras thrown in!) Enjoy!
Tickets for royal weddings are nothing new, as we see from this notice about the wedding of the Princess Royal to the Prince of Orange in 1734

Caledonian Mercury
Caledonian Mercury | 8 March 1734

A description of George III’s German bride in 1761 Her Majesty is of middle stature, at present rather what may be called short than tall, but as she is not much turned of seventeen, it is very probable she may grow taller.

George III bride
Derby Mercury | 11 September 1761

Duke of Clarence (later William IV) married Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen in 1818. The Windsor and Eton Express reported on the two-day postponement of the nuptials, due to the Queen’s health, and then goes into great detail of how the ceremony was set up, who attended, and the post-ceremony activities

William IV wedding
Windsor and Eton Express | 12 July 1818

Lengthy coverage of Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert, along with an illustration of the groom, appeared in the Monmouthshire Merlin. The account begins in a tone similar to the enthusiasm still generated by royal nuptials, ‘As soon as the light broke on the morning of this auspicious day, the metropolis presented in every district all the characteristics that mark the opening of a universal and joyous holiday’.

Queen Victoria
Monmouthshire Merlin | 15 February 1840

On the day prior to Prince Edward’s (Edward VII) marriage to Princess Alexandra, the London Evening Standard printed a detailed account of how the ceremony would unfold and who would be in attendance.

Edward VII's wedding
London Evening Standard | 9 March 1863

On the occasion of the union between Prince George (George V) and Mary of Teck, two poems were penned and printed. Here’s one of them.

George V's wedding
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser | 6 July 1893

George VI's wedding
The Queen Mother, then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, headed out to marry Prince Albert | The Graphic | 28 April 1923
George VI's wedding
Wedding ceremony of Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth | The Graphic | 28 April 1923
George VI and Elizabeth
The Duke and Duchess of York after the wedding ceremony | The Graphic | 28 April 1923

Elizabeth and Philip
Elizabeth and Philip at the altar | The Sketch | 26 November 1947
Elizabeth and Philip
Princess Elizabeth and Philip leaving the Abbey | The Sketch | 26 November 1947
Elizabeth and Philip
Their Royal Highnesses Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh | The Sketch | 26 November 1947
Elizabeth II
The radiant bride and the gallant bridegroom | Illustrated London News | 16 February 1952
Elizabeth II
Wedding party photo for Elizabeth and Philip | The Sketch | 26 November 1947
Elizabeth and Philip
Elizabeth and Philip on balcony | The Sketch | 26 November 1947

Prince Charles and Diana
Diana and Charles on the cover of the ILN | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Diana and Charles
Charles and Diana in carriage | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Diana
Diana on the cathedral steps | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Diana's wedding
Diana walking down the aisle | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Diana and Charles
Diana and Charles during the wedding ceremony | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Diana and Charles
Diana and Charles leaving the Abbey | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Diana and Charles
Diana and Charles on the balcony | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981
Charles and Diana
Wedding photos of Charles and Diana | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1918
Diana and Charles
Diana and Charles after the wedding | Illustrated London News | 1 August 1981

 

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