Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Buckingham Palace to put on exhibition of Queen's wedding

Buckingham Palace will put on an exhibition recreating the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, to commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary later this year.
The wedding in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947 will be recreated with archive films of the ceremony itself. Behind-the-scenes preparations will also be made public.
The ivory-coloured wedding dress, decorated with crystals and 10,000 pearls, will also be shown along with the dresses worn by her grandmother Mary, and her mother Elizabeth -- better known to the public as the Queen Mother.
Also on display will be the military uniforms worn by King George VI and her fiance Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
Parts of her jewellery collection will be featured, including the diamond bracelet Philip had given her to mark their marriage, as well as gifts from Mahatma Gadnhi, pope Pius XII, Chinese president Chiang Kai-Shek and US president Harry Truman.
In celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary, the Queen and her husband will become the first reigning monarchs to reach 60 years of marriage.
The exhibition will be open to the public between July 28 and September 25.