Margaret’s wedding marriage: Inside the lavish ceremony brought to life on The Crown

Margaret’s wedding marriage: Inside the lavish ceremony brought to life on The Crown


Princess Margaret’s wedding inside the
lavish ceremony brought to life on the crown Princess Margaret’s wedding was
one of the most lavish occasions in British history featuring 20 wedding
cakes a 60-foot floral arch in the mall and a 30 metre dress train when the
Queen married Prince Philip in 1947 Britain was still in the depths of
post-war austerity her majesty was even forced to use ration coupons to buy her
own wedding dress a Norman Hartnell fit-and-flare dress with long sleeves a
13-foot train decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls but her sister
hadn’t altogether more lavish affair in a specular ceremony at Westminster Abbey
on may 6 1960 Princess Margaret and society photographer Antony
armstrong-jones later Lord Snowdon were married for nearly two decades before
separating in 1976 and announcing their divorce two years later their wedding
was one of the most iconic in British history and their relationship anything
but conventional in the Netflix series the crown with the couple portrayed by
vanessa kirby and matthew goode it’s clear the British photographer was not
the usual royal marriage material amid speculation he was bisexual and had
a child out of wedlock Princess Margaret reportedly accepted
his proposal a day after learning her former flame Peter Townsend intended to
marry Marie Luce Janani who was half his age Margaret’s engagement announcement
made on the 26th of February 1960 took the press by surprise as she had been
careful to keep the romance a secret following her split from Townsend
Princess Margaret’s marriage to Armstrong Jones saw him become the first
commoner in more than 400 years to marry into the royal family in a move that
shocked the nation and their wedding was also the first televised royal wedding
paving the way for Princess Diana and Prince Charles Prince William and Kate
Middleton and soon Prince Harry and Megan Markel
broadcast around the world to an estimated audience of 300 million miyabi
was filled with 36 cameras and three miles of electric cable to film the
occasion with emergency backup microphones even hidden in the altar
candlesticks but it wasn’t just the technology that made the special day a
huge spectacle Princess Margaret rode in the Royal
Glass coach towards Westminster Abbey passing 70-foot mast stated with gold
tassels to de Rosa’s and monogrammed with their initials M a a 60-foot floral
arch was also erected in the mall which cost three thousand pounds and
apparently wiped out the city’s stock of roses with Covent Garden markets traders
complaining all that were left were tulips the declarations alone cost more
than twenty thousand pounds the equivalent of almost half a million
pounds today with the whole wedding costing more than the Queen’s her silk
organza wedding dress was designed by Norman Hartnell a favored couturier of
the royals and featured a skirt comprised of some 30 meters of fabric
adornments such as the crystal embellishments and beading were kept to
a strict minimum in order to suit Margaret’s petite frame and she had
eight young bridesmaids led by her niece Princess Anne the Duke of Edinburgh was
courted the bride and the best man was dr. Roger Gillett
but Princess Margaret was not able to outdo her sister on every front
she admittedly had 20 wedding cakes but the largest weighed only 150 pounds
nothing compared to the Queen’s 500 pounds show-stopping wedding cake
following the ceremony the newlyweds headed back to Buckingham Palace for a
reception with some 1,000 guests where they appeared from the balcony to the
masses of fans below several people fainted after having
waited more than 30 hours to see them and after the extravagant party the
happy couple set sail that evening for their Caribbean honeymoon on the Royal
Yacht Britannia the couple had two children Lady Sarah chato and David
Armstrong Jones who become the second Earl of Snowdon
but it was not happily ever after the princess and the high society
photographer divorced in 1978 armstrong-jones went on to marry ello
divorcee Lucy Lyndsey Hogg in the same year they divorced in 2000 after it was
revealed that Armstrong Jones who was in his 60s at the time had fathered a son
with a magazine editor he died at the age of 86 in January 2017

25 comments

  1. This was NOT the first marriage of a member of the royal family with a commoner in 400 years. Princess Louise, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's daughter, married the Marquess of Lorne (later Duke of Argyll. That too was an unhappy marriage: when Princess Louise discovered that Lorne was homosexual, she had the garden windows of their apartment in Kensington Palace bricked up to prevent him from slipping out at night to troll the guardsmen in the park.

  2. I was just a little girl when this wedding took place, and I really didn't understand what was going on except that it was on the television. Everybody was talking about it. I think Americans were so interested because the actress, Grace Kelly, had just married into European royalty a few years before and became a "princess". As a little girl (6 or 7 years old), I wondered why Armstrong-Jones had two last names with a hyphen between them. (Children are silly that way!) The years seem to have FLOWN by! Btw, congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan AND Princess Eugenie and her fiancé. May God BLESS each couple with JOY, HEALTH and a LONG and HAPPY marriage!

  3. What I could never understand is why did Philip walk Margaret down the aisle. Her uncle Henry, the Duke of Gloucester (sp) was still alive and kicking and virtually scandal free.

  4. Princess Ann's wedding was after Princess Margarets' and was also televised, but skipped in this so called informational video. What else in this presentation was wrong?……….

  5. Margaret married that swishy little twit on the rebound. I never liked him or the arrogant, narcissistic Princess. My British mother thought Margaret was gorgeous and she never stopped raving about her wedding dress being the most beautiful one ever. I disagreed with her on both points.

  6. Before this robot voice gets her knickers in a knot, the author of this drivel would do well to read some biographies of then-Princess Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth II. Yes she used ration coupons for her wedding dress, but she used, not just her own, but an additional 200 coupons given her by the government (which other brides did NOT get) and she also had hundreds of coupons DONATED by many of her subjects who eschewed using their own coupons and, instead, sent them to their Princess so that she could have a silk wedding dress. She returned those, with the appropriate note of thanks, as it would have been illegal for her to use them.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_dress_of_Princess_Elizabeth
    http://theenchantedmanor.com/tag/princess-elizabeths-wedding-dress/

  7. I think it is telling that Princess Margaret purchased such a HUGE tiara to wear at her wedding. It's very nearly a crown – the closest to a 'Coronation' like her sister that she could have had. Sad that her children had to sell it at auction though, with so many of her other jewels to pay inheritance tax.

  8. They need a new person writing the words on the video. One was supposed to say " and Kate Middleton" but it was written as "pancake Middleton". Too funny.

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