Black and White photos of Historic Royal Weddings

Black and White photos of Historic Royal Weddings


Royal weddings became global events, watched by millions on television, with every element of the wedding day under scrutiny. The fashions of the assembled crowds may have changed over the years, but many conventions of a royal wedding day live on.

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Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, shows off her wedding gown for the first time as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981. # Reuters/Mal Langsdon

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Police officers restrain a crowd of people who turned out for the wedding of Princess Mary and Henry Charles George, Viscount Lascelles, in February of 1922. # © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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Spectators look on as workmen carry large crowns for Princess Mary’s marriage to Henry Charles George, Viscount Lascelles, at Westminster Abbey in 1922. # © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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The Duchess of York leaves her house for her wedding in April of 1923. # © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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Britain’s Duke of York and his bride pass crowds of cheering people as they return to Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, England, on April 26, 1923. # AP Photo

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From left to right: Lady May Abel Smith, Princess Marie Louise, Princess Beatrice, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. In foreground, Princess Elizabeth (the future queen), Princess Patricia, Alexander Cambridge (the Earl of Athlone), and Master Alex Ramsey. All watching the departure of the Prince Henry, The Duke of Gloucester and his wife Princess Alice, The Duchess of York formerly Lady Alice Scott, in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, London on November 6, 1935. # AP Photo/Staff/Putnam

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Eager hands reach through the bars of the forecourt at Buckingham Palace, London on November 6, 1935, as watchers try to gather the rose petals that fell from all sides upon Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, and his new wife, Princess Alice. # AP Photo/Staff/Putnam

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Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Gloucester wave to the huge crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace, London after their wedding on November 6, 1935. # AP Photo

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An elevation shot taken from Buckingham Palace shows thousands of Londoners gathered around the Victoria Memorial at the entrance to Buckingham Palace to cheer the newly married Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and members of the Royal family when they appeared on the palace balcony following the wedding in Westminster Abbey on November 21st, 1947. # © Bettmann/CORBIS

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An ocean of humanity in London on November 20th, 1947, as people try to get a glimpse of the Royal Wedding procession of Princess Elizabeth, near South Africa House and St. Martin in the Fields Church. # AP Photo

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The bridal procession carrying Princess Elizabeth and her father King George VI is seen turning into Whitehall in London on November 20th, 1947, with the sovereign’s escort of Household Cavalry. # AP Photo

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A London youngster is handed over the heads of spectators in Trafalgar Square, London, in an effort to prevent her from being crushed in the mass of people trying to witness the Royal Wedding procession of Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten, November 20th, 1947. # AP Photo

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The bridal procession, with the sovereign’s escort of Household Cavalry, is seen leaving Buckingham Palace in London for Westminster Abbey on November 20th, 1947. # AP Photo

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, November 20, 1947. From left to right, King George VI, Princess Margaret, Lady Mary Cambridge, the bride and bridegroom, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. # AP Photo

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Crowds sleep out in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 19, 1981 to be sure of getting a good view of the Royal Wedding procession of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer the next day. # AP Photo

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A passerby looks at a window display of the royal wedding at the British Airway office on New York’s Fifth Avenue on July 27, 1981. The display includes photographs of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and toy soldiers arranged in parade formation. # AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler

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Charles, Prince of Wales, and bride, Lady Diana, wave the crowd in coach as they pass through Fleet Street after their wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral, on July 29, 1981. # AFP/Getty Images

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