Windsors: A Royal Dynasty

The 1947 Royal Wedding: The People's Wedding

Season 1, Episode 4 of 4

On November 20th, 1947, Princess Elizabeth, the heir to the throne, married Prince Philip, the handsome sailor she'd loved since their first meeting eight years before (when he'd been a dashing cadet and she a shy 13 year old). Their wedding in a bleak English autumn lit up the grey skies of a London still scarred by the blitz, rationing and fuel shortages and transformed the national mood of weary disappointment. The wedding, when it finally came, was more than just a spectacular royal event. It brought back memories of pomp and splendor unseen in Britain since the coronation of Elizabeth's father, George VI, 10 years earlier. The day a future queen married her prince became an emotional milestone for the nation, marking the end of 'austerity Britain' and the beginning of a better world. The story follows the lives of Elizabeth and Philip, from their first public appearance as a couple in October 1946 (at the wedding of Lady Patricia Mountbatten), through to their own wedding in late November of 1947. This special features exclusive interviews and rare archival footage.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
11/6/2008
11 p.m.
11/7/2008
4 a.m.
11/9/2008
4 p.m.
7/3/2009
2 p.m.
1/7/2010
2 p.m.
1/8/2010
4 a.m.
1/10/2010
4 p.m.
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