If it wasn’t for American socialite Wallis Simpson, The Royal Family as we now know it would be completely unrecognisable. Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry her in 1937. As a result, his brother, Prince Albert became King George VI.
The princes Andrew, Edward and Charles are Queen Elizabeth II’s sons. Therefore, as they are so closely related to the monarch, their weddings are of great interest to the country. More than that, their offspring come first in line to be the future rulers of the country. And, above all else, the population loves a royal spectacle!
Royal weddings continue to captivate the nation, and this is amplified when the royal in question will rule the country. Especially in times of hardship, it is these figures we look to. Certain weddings shaped the monarchy that we know today. Never has this been truer than with the post-war weddings of King George VI and Elizabeth II.