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Old 03-22-2011, 10:23 PM
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Interesting Facts About British Royal Brides

I found this article on Yahoo. Thought everyone would like to see it.

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Old 03-22-2011, 11:27 PM
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I found this article on Yahoo. Thought everyone would like to see it.

Facts About Royal Brides - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
Most of it was just basic known stuff. But it was cute, Elizabeth recieved 200 pairs of nylons for wedding gifts. I guess back then they were a luxury, since even the queen had to use ration coupons to buy her dress. She likely didn't have to, but it showed real integrity, that Elizabeth would follow the rules the people had to.

I didn't realize Princess Anne actually dated Andrew Parker-Bowles, Camilla's ex husband, but broke up because he was catholic and she'd have to give up her right to succession. And that Andrew met Camilla, while dating Charles' sister, and went after her when Charles left for the navy.

Or that while Diana, a virgin, was believed to have lived with the queen mother at Clarence house during the engagement so the woman could shield her innocence, she was actually at Buckingham palace. She was worried Charles would not give up Camilla. She almost backed out but her sister Sarah told her 'your face is already on tea towels, it's too late to chicken out now.'

Sarah's father was Andrew's polo manager so they knew each other as kids. But it was Diana who introduced them as adults. Diana invited Sarah to sit with them at Ascot. Andrew tried to force feed her chocolate cream puffs since she was on a diet. Her train because of his initial on it was dubbed the 'a train', how original.

Sophie and Edward are the most interesting, probably for me since they were the wedding I got to watch, old enough to remember. The sun had sold a picture of one of Sophie's friends lifting her bikini top. The palace went after them for premeditated cruelty, and the newspaper donated all the profits to Sophie's favorite charity as an apology. They were criticized for some very expensive gifts on their gift list including camera equipment. The wedding was mainly family and celebrity friends. Prince William taught line dancing, the Queen and York girls did YMCA dance, and the queen mother did the twist.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:52 PM
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Meilissandrian, you just made my whole day/week/month worthwhile. It's so wonderful that you share your memories. I remember only Diana and Charles's wedding ( I think perhaps I was without television during part of the rest), but even had I been paying more attention, I probably wouldn't remember all these details.

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Or that while Diana, a virgin, was believed to have lived with the queen mother at Clarence house during the engagement so the woman could shield her innocence, she was actually at Buckingham palace. She was worried Charles would not give up Camilla. She almost backed out but her sister Sarah told her 'your face is already on tea pots, it's too late to chicken out now.
It's amusing how everyone hears something different. I've only ever heard, or read, that her sister told her that her face was already on the tea towles, not tea pots.

It often becomes a sort of royal 'chinese whispers'.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:33 AM
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Meilissandrian, you just made my whole day/week/month worthwhile. It's so wonderful that you share your memories. I remember only Diana and Charles's wedding ( I think perhaps I was without television during part of the rest), but even had I been paying more attention, I probably wouldn't remember all these details.

More please!
Madam Royal, you're right the quote was tea towels, I fixed it.

Edward VII rejected his dad's wish for him to marry German, he thought they were all not attractive enough. Victoria and Alexander II both wanted Alexandra for their heirs. When Alexandra agreed to marry Edward, she cemented her sister becoming Maria Federovna of Russia (formerly Princess Dagmar of Denmark). Though their dad was heir to the throne, their parents were not rich, the sisters shared a bedroom, and even sewed their own dresses. They wed after Albert died, so other than the bride and her ladies, all the ladies of court had to wear gray or lilac, as the court was still in mourning.

George V was station in the navy in Malta with his Uncle the Duke of Edinburgh. He fell in love with his cousin, Lady Marie. His father and Uncle supported it, but both their mothers were opposed. Marie eventually became queen of Romania. His brother was set to marry Princess Mary 'May' a beloved goddaughter of Victoria, when he died of pnemonia before the wedding. May lay her wedding boquet of orange blossoms on the grave. Her and George bonded as they mourned, and though basically an arranged marriage, were extremely happy and had 6 kids.

Duke of York proposed for two years before the queen mum said yes. His mother went to her family castle, to meet this woman who stole his son's heart. She was said to approve, but would not step in. The newly founded BBC wanted to air the wedding live on the radio, but the archbishop said no. He worried it would be broadcast in Brothels and Pubs.

Elizabeth met Philip, when he was assigned to escort her, when his Uncle was giving her and her parents a tour of Dartmouth naval college. She was smitten and they wrote many letters. Her mother disapproved at first, and was known to call Philip 'The Hun'. His sisters were unable to attend the wedding as they were German princesses, and it was after the war. The Princess Royal refused to attend, officially due to illness, but it was known because her brother Duke of Windsor was not invited.

Or Prince Edward and Andrew put the customary 'just married' sign on the back of the carriage for Diana and Charles, raising huge smiles. They took the carriage to the train station, as they took a train to start their honeymoon.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:10 PM
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Wow - so many great details.

I didn't realize the Princess Royale refused to attend on account of her brother - that's touching. What a difficult time that was for the family. I think it changed them forever. It was almost as if the Duke of Windsor insisted on modernizing the family, in his own way - and now we actually have the future heir married to a divorced woman (although not an American and not twice-divorced, but still).

And then there was Queen Victoria, who seemed to try and make time stand still for almost a century...
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Wow - so many great details.

I didn't realize the Princess Royale refused to attend on account of her brother - that's touching. What a difficult time that was for the family. I think it changed them forever. It was almost as if the Duke of Windsor insisted on modernizing the family, in his own way - and now we actually have the future heir married to a divorced woman (although not an American and not twice-divorced, but still).

And then there was Queen Victoria, who seemed to try and make time stand still for almost a century...
I love even queens have to listen to their mother. Queen Victoria was single when she took the throne. Because she was a single woman in those times, she had to live with her mother. Her and mother didn't get along though so she shoved her mother in the furthest wing of Buckingham palace, and often refused to meet her. Lord Melbourne suggested her only out was marriage, and she eventually proposed (pretty modern of her to propose) and married Albert. Her mother was kicked out on her royal bum to Ingestre house finally. After the death of Princess Augusta, Victoria's Aunt, she was given Clarence and Frogmore houses. Albert seemed a peace maker between the two.
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Didn't Victoria have to propose because she was Queen? She probably resented her mother because of all that had happened before she came to the throne.
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George V was station in the navy in Malta with his Uncle the Duke of Edinburgh. He fell in love with his cousin, Lady Marie.

She was not "Lady Marie", she was correctly titled "HRH Princess Marie of Edinburgh"
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