Tomorrow will mark 65 years since the then-Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece at Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty‘s duchess satin wedding gown was made by Normal Hartnell, and atop her head sat the King George III Fringe Tiara, which actually broke on the morning of the wedding.
Tonight, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the Royal Variety Performance at Royal Albert Hall in London, put on annually since 1912 to raise money for the Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. According to Royal Historian, the fund, of which the Queen is a patron, raises money for elderly members of the entertainment industry. The televised show includes comedy routines, a bit of singing and dance performances.
Tonight, HM wore a silver gown – designed by her personal dresser, Angela Kelly – with her Coronation necklace (minus the detachable Lahore diamond pendant). Many thanks to @Royal_beans for identifying the outfit.
The Queen wore a bias cut heavily beaded silver mesh lace dress embellished with crystal diamante forming a series of parallel lines.
— JB (@Royal_beans) November 19, 2012
Royal reporters Phil Dampier and Ashley Walton put together a book of Prince Philip’s most famous zingers. Entitled Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes, the two journalists write of His Royal Highness: “He can be controversial, irascible, and sometimes downright rude. But would we have it any other way?”
Say what you want about him, but I adore the DoE. He reportedly once remarked that the pieces from an Ethiopian art exhibit looked like the “kind of thing my daughter would bring back from school art lessons.”