Good morning, we will continue to finish up September with documentaries on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. This time we will look at the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. It is called a Very Royal Wedding. It is narrated by Alexander Armstrong. The run time for this documentary is 47:54. There is nothing like a royal wedding. It is something that brings the nation together.
The royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip set the trend for royal weddings to come. It was something that the British had never seen before. This film looks at how their royal wedding was pulled off. It happened at a time when a nation needed a moral boost. So from the wedding dress to the bouquet and the flowers, one historian looks at how the state pulled off this royal wedding. It was the marriage of a beautiful princess and a dashing prince.
The day had finally arrived. It was November 20, 1947, and a princess and her father are being taken to the church in a carriage. They were greeted by crowds. Over 200 million people listened on the radio. A small group was lucky enough to watch on television. Prince Michael of Kent recalls the crowds and felt their energy.
When Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip announced their engagement it caused a sensation. Their courtship was conducted through letters over the war. When their engagement was announced, it was clear that Prince Philip was not the only pin-up for Princess Elizabeth. Prince Philip had the film star good looks and was considered a Greek god. Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were the glamour couple of the decade.
Even though Prince Philip had blue blood, he did not have a bank account to back him up. A bit of royal recycling had to take place and Prince Philip used his mother’s tiara to get prepare an engagement ring for his future bride. Prince Philip designed the ring so that the Princess could wear it all the time. Once engaged, the wedding planning began. However, the government thought the nation could not afford the wedding. Prime Minister Winston Churchill disagreed and felt the nation was due for a celebration. It had been a hard road for Britain during World War II and recovery from World War II. The royal family faced the hardships of World War II alongside the British people.
Every corner of the country pitched in to help with the wedding. Women sent in their clothing coupons so that Princess Elizabeth could get a wedding dress. However, Buckingham Palace returned the coupons. There were rumors that the silkworms came from Japan, which was an enemy nation. The public was assured that the silkworms came from China. One of the silk weavers spoke about her pride in working on the material for the dress and had an invite to the Royal wedding. The wedding dress design was kept under lock and key. Normal Hartnell, the designer, blacked out his windows and kept his manager in the studio with a gun. Betty Foster, a seamstress was one of the few people in on the secret. She would sew the button holes for the dress and she had never sown button holes before.
What else needed to be accomplished before the big day? Continue to watch this documentary to find out more.
This is a delightful documentary on the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. I thoroughly enjoyed Alexander Armstrong’s narration; he brought a lightness to the film. I also enjoyed hearing the stories from the people who witnessed those events from Prince Michael of Kent who was a page boy at the wedding to the silk weaver. This would be something that would be fun showing in a history class.
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