Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip are not only related to each other by marriage but they are also distant cousins. While Queen Elizabeth spent her life in England, Prince Phillip comes from the royal family of Greece which lived in exile. They first met when she was still a princess and only 13 years old. In those days, the royal marriages were mostly arranged but young Elizabeth had set her eyes on the handsome naval officer Phillip. Her father King George VI allowed her to announce the engagement in 1946. The couple got married next year to a royal wedding ceremony.
Although the royal family is considered to be the epitome of perfection, it is interesting that the royal brides also go through similar wedding day issues like the rest of the people. Revealed by one of the bridesmaids Lady Pamela Hicks on her daughter’s Instagram, Queen Elizabeth also had her share of wedding day chaos. Just two hours before walking down the aisle, the tiara which belonged to Queen Mary broke down. Although the hairdresser tried to fix it to the veil it did not work. Queen’s Mother then sent the tiara with a police escort to the jeweler where it was folded. The tiara was returned to Queen Mother and was later inherited by Queen Elizabeth in 2002. The same tiara was worn by Princess Anne on her first wedding with Mark Phillip in 1973.
The bouquet was also lost for some time hence it did not appear in all photographs of the wedding. Although it was personally delivered to the Palace, it was misplaced for some time. They later recreated some wedding photos with a replica bouquet because the original was never found. However, there was one moment of relief which was Queen’s favorite Corgi Susan was hidden behind a rug in the bridal carriage. The same Corgi joined the newlywed couple for their honeymoon at Broadlands which happened to be Lord Mountbatten’s country estate. Despite all the minor glitches on the big day, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have been married for 72 years and still going strong.