Before the lavish ceremony for William and Kate, and before Charles and Diana’s fairytale nuptials, there was the glamorous wedding of Elizabeth and Philip.
In May - to celebrate ITV Choice's Royal Season, the channel will screen 'A Very Royal Wedding', a documentary that celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage in November 1947.
The show is set to premiere exclusively on ITV Choice (DStv 123) on Friday, May 4, at 8pm. Set against the backdrop of a battered post-war Britain when resources were scarce and rationing was common, the country pitched in to pull off an extravagant occasion against the odds.
This was “the people’s wedding” and presenter Alexander Armstrong meets the ordinary people who made this such a special day, including one of the seamstresses responsible for the spectacular wedding dress.
With an army of experts, Armstrong recreates the glamorous details - the Queen’s exquisite 3-carat diamond engagement ring, her beautiful wedding bouquet and her show-stopping 3-metre high, 230 kilogram wedding cake.
A Very Royal Wedding includes contributions from actors Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock, sharing their memories of the wedding, as well as revealing insights from those who were part of the big day, such as page boy Prince Michael of Kent.