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The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate 67th wedding anniversary: ten facts

November 20, 2014
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The Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on November 20. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will spend the day on an official visit to Scotland where they will visit RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks in Moray.

The Queen and Prince Philip on their wedding day

To honour the occasion, HELLO! Online has gathered a list of ten facts about their big day.1. On 9 July 1947, it was officially announced that the then Princess Elizabeth would marry Philip, after the couple had known each other for many years.

The royal couple celebrate 67 years of marriage on Thursday

2. Four months later, on 20 November, royals from around the world arrived in London for the one of the biggest events of the decade. The wedding, held at Westminster Abbey, was attended by royals from Spain, Norway, Greece, Denmark and the Netherlands. The Queen was the 10th member of the Royal Family to be married in the Abbey. The first royal wedding to take place there was when King Henry I married Princess Matilda of Scotland on 11 November, 1100.3. The day before the wedding it was announced Philip would become 'His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh' after renouncing his Greek and Danish titles.

The Queen was 21 years old when she married and Prince Philip was 26

4. The royal bride had eight bridesmaids including her sister Princess Margaret and her cousins Princess Alexandra of Kent and Lady Mary Cambridge.5. The newlyweds were officially married at 11.30am GMT.

The royal bride had eight bridesmaids

6. The couple received over 2,500 presents and 10,000 telegrams from well-wishers around the world.7. Elizabeth’s dress, which was made of soft white satin, was designed by Norman Hartnell. Many believe the dress inspired a new generation of royal wedding dresses including Princess Grace of Monaco's and the Duchess of Cambridge's.8. Rationing was still in place when Elizabeth and Philip's nuptials took place two years after WWII had finished. Ahead of the wedding, excited brides-to-be from around the country sent the Princess extra coupons so she would be able to have her perfect gown. However, she returned all the coupons following protocol and was allowed an extra 200 by the Government.

Her wedding dress was designed by Norman Hartnell

9. After the ceremony, guests headed to Buckingham Palace for the wedding breakfast in the Ball Supper-room. The menu was Filet de Sole Mountbatten, Perdreau en Casserole, Bombe Glacee Princess Elizabeth.10. Their wedding cake, which was nine feet high with four tiers, was cut using the Duke of Edinburgh's sword, which was a gift from Elizabeth's father, King George VI.

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