Queen Elizabeth Saved Coupons to Buy Her Wedding Dress — inside Her Wedding With Prince Philip
Tying the knot in the wake of World War II resulted in Queen Elizabeth resorting to creative means in gathering the necessary material for her gorgeous wedding dress.
In the years following the devastation of World War II, even the royal family was not immune from the rations imposed on the people until the economy got back into full swing.
These rations stretched beyond the basic needs of everyday life as Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress, and the material needed for it was not automatically given to her. The royal had to save her rationing coupons to afford her beautiful gown.
The striking dress made from ivory silk that Queen Elizabeth donned as she made the trip down the aisle toward Prince Philip was paid for by the coupons that the bride had put aside paired with the 200 coupons that the government had gifted her.
However conservative the manner of payment was, the result was breathtaking. The gown was made up of a 13-foot train and sported 10,000 seed pearls imported from America. A Botticelli painting inspired the pattern seen on the train.
Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 18, 2020
The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. pic.twitter.com/LEXLdsSlW1
With her 200 plus coupons, 21-year-old Queen Elizabeth roped in the help of designer Norman Hartnell to put her ensemble together. The designer only had four months to make the showstopper gown and had a team of 350 women.
The Duke of Edinburgh caught the eye of 13-year-old Queen Elizabeth while she was visiting the Royal Naval College with her family.
Hartnell had the design of the gown done within a month of the royal couple's engagement and was reported to have said that he wanted the future queen's dress to be "the most beautiful dress I had so far made."
Norman Hartnell, one of the Queen’s favourite designers, not only created Princess Beatrice’s vintage wedding dress but also Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress and her coronation gown. https://t.co/0EYlmoLhlh— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) July 19, 2020
Queen Elizabeth's modest approach to her wedding outfit is definitely not a tradition passed on to the new generation of royals. Prince William's bride opted for a gown that racked up a bill of $434,000 in 2011.
Despite the considerably lower value of the Queen's dress when made, it still holds a sense of charm and beauty. The dress was put on display for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, and dressmaker Betty Foster shared:
"I had forgotten how beautiful it was, with that exquisite train—and how small the Princess was."
Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with their closest family.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 18, 2020
📷 The happy couple are pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler. pic.twitter.com/Ztw1Kk0eRy
73 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
Having exchanged nuptials in 1947, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip shared 73 years of marriage before the Queen's spouse passed away at the age of 99.
Prince Philip referred to tolerance as one the most critical elements in his successful relationship with the reigning royal. Having come from very different backgrounds, the two had to learn to compromise on their differing ideals.
5 Surprising Details About Queen Elizabeth’s Breathtaking Wedding Dress https://t.co/bosdtEvJKA— People (@people) November 20, 2020
The Duke of Edinburgh caught the eye of 13-year-old Queen Elizabeth while she was visiting the Royal Naval College with her family. He was 18 at the time and a cadet in training.
Seven years later, Prince Philip approached King George VI to ask for Queen Elizabeth's hand and marriage. After four short months of being fiancés, they embarked on the lifelong journey of being husband and wife.