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Queen revisits wedding memories July 27, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in The Royals.

The Queen has viewed an exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Buckingham Palace collection, which opens to the public on Saturday, features the dress in which she walked up the aisle and gifts presented to the happy couple. The ivory silk bridal gown is decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, glittering crystals and features an intricate 13ft star-patterned train.

Sir Hugh Roberts, director of the Royal Collection said: “I think, as with everybody, really seeing the dress again, she will have marvelled at the marvellous quality of the embroidery, and the marvellous way the dress was so particularly well suited to that great occasion.”

Gifts on display include three linked brooches intended to be worn across the stomach from Queen Mary and a delicate piece of hand-spun lace made by Mahatma Gandhi, featuring the words “Jal Hind”, meaning “Long Live India”.

The Queen and Prince Philip of Greece tied the knot on November 20, 1947.

The exhibition also includes the bridesmaids’ dresses and Prince Philip’s own gift to his new wife of a platinum and diamond bracelet crafted from a tiara that belonged to his mother Princess Andrew of Greece.

Information panels at the exhibition also reveal more unusual presents such as 500 tins of pineapple.

A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947 runs until September 25.

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