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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena

The history of Royal weddings as seen through items in the Royal Collection

London : Daily Telegraph

The Royal Wedding, 1947 20 Nov 1947

RCIN 2002408

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An aerial photograph of the scene outside Buckingham Palace on the wedding day of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Huge crowds lined the streets, hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. An estimated worldwide audience of 200 million people had listened to the radio broadcast of the service.