A look back at The Queen’s wedding dress

A look back at The Queen’s wedding dress…

In honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, we thought we would take a nostalgic look back at the iconic wedding dress she wore in 1947.

When Princess Elizabeth walked up the aisle at Westminster Cathedral in 1947, her dress was not just a fashion statement; she represented and personified the newborn hopes of a nation that had only just seen the end of the Second World War. Royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell achieved an expression of national renewal by decorating the gown with garlands of spring flowers.

Her ivory satin gown featured a soft sweetheart neckline and was created using silk produced at Lullingstone Castle, near London. As is traditional in the Royal Family, Elizabeth’s dress featured delicate floral embroidery representing the four nations of Britain, as well as some 10,000 seed pearls.

Similarly to many other brides marrying just after the Second World War, Princess Elizabeth saved up her clothing ration coupons over the months in order to obtain the amount of fabric needed to create her satin gown. In a rather touching gesture of loyalty, women from all over Britain also saved up their coupons and sent them on to Buckingham Palace.

We hope you have a glorious Jubileekend!


  1. Jane d says:

    I love looking at this dress and the veil, as my mother worked for Norman hartnell and hand embroidered some of the flowers on the veil, she had fond memories of it

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