Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Royal Wedding Cheered Nation; AS the Queen and Prince Philip Celebrate Their 63rd Wedding Anniversary Today, Their Grandson and His Fiance Have a Lot to Live Up To

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Royal Wedding Cheered Nation; AS the Queen and Prince Philip Celebrate Their 63rd Wedding Anniversary Today, Their Grandson and His Fiance Have a Lot to Live Up To

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Byline: Prince Philip

WHEN Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton this week, I wondered if the event would cause as big a stir as William's grandmother's wedding, when the present Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, was married 63 years ago today. The Chronicle, like all other papers, worldwide, it seems, carried the story under the heading: 'This Happy Day - radiant princess weds her sailor duke.' This paper also went on to say, in a sub heading: 'Historic pageant that gripped the world.' Well, I'm not so sure William and Kate can live up to that - in fact I'm not too sure they'd want to.

Straight away, when the announcement came, everyone seemed to be shouting that, after the money crisis, we can't afford a big lavish 'do'.

But, for those who remember, in 1947 the country was still slowly recovering from the Second World War and things were so bad that bread and potatoes were still being rationed.

The Chronicle said that Princess Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, drove in a glittering cavalcade of British pageantry to Westminster Abbey and was married to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, RN. …

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