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Exhibition

A Royal Wedding

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving for Waterloo Station at the start of their honeymoon
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving for Waterloo Station at the start of their honeymoon ©

Buckingham Palace

  • Saturday, 30 Jun 2007 - Monday, 1 Oct 2007

This exhibition marked the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip and looks back to 20 November 1947, when the nation rejoiced in the happiness of the future Queen and her consort.

In post-War Britain, with food and clothing rationing still in force, every aspect of the wedding preparations was eagerly followed at home and abroad. Thousands of people lined the processional route and millions listened to the live radio broadcast. 10,000 telegrams of congratulation were received at Buckingham Palace from around the world and over 200,000 people saw the special exhibition of wedding presents at St James's Palace. The Queen's wedding dress toured the country and the film of the wedding was watched by many thousands of people at cinemas across the country.

An aerial photograph of the scene outside Buckingham Palace on the wedding day of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. Huge crowds all around the Queen Victoria Memorial and up the Mall.

The Royal Wedding, 1947 ©

Map & directions

Visitor entrance (Gate C) is on the south side of the Palace, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.