Queen’s wedding day marred by Prince Philip’s ‘disappointment’ – ‘Bitter pill to swallow’

1923

THE QUEEN’s marriage to Prince Philip was a “joyful” day for many around the country but the Duke of Edinburgh still felt “great disappointment” over the involvement of royals.

Prince Philip’s lack of family presence at his wedding to the Queen was a “bitter pill to swallow”, according to royal commentators. The Duke of Edinburgh officially married then-Princess Elizabeth in a “spectacular” ceremony on November 20, 1947. However, as royal commentators discussed on Channel 5’s ‘Before They Were Royal’, the future consort still experienced some “disappointment”.

Historian Professor Kate Williams said: “The wedding day of Philip and Elizabeth couldn’t have been grander, couldn’t have been more spectacular.

“People got very very involved with it and very excited by it. The crowds were absolutely huge.

“Everything about the wedding is reinventing Philip.

“He’s a great war hero, he’s practically British and now he’s the marvellous future consort of the marvellous future Queen.”

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Queen’s wedding day marred by Prince Philip’s ‘disappointment’ – ‘Bitter pill to swallow!’ (Image: GETTY)

queen latest news prince philip royal wedding 1947

Professor Williams said: ‘Everything about the wedding is reinventing Philip.’ (Image: CHANNEL 5)

Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond added: “But for all the joy of the wedding day, there’s a bitter pill for Philip to swallow.

“His mother is the only member of his immediate family by his side

“His father, Prince Andrew, had died during the war after not seeing his son for many years.

“And his sisters are not invited.”

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Ms Bond said: ‘It was deemed that his sisters, who’d married Germans, should not come over.’ (Image: CHANNEL 5)

queen latest news prince philip royal wedding 1947

Ms Bond said: ‘His mother is the only member of his immediate family by his side.’ (Image: GETTY)

She explained: “It was deemed that his sisters, who’d married Germans, should not come over.

“It was too soon after the war.

“So that was a source of great disappointment for him.”

All four of the Duke of Edinburgh’s sisters had married into the German nobility shortly before World War II and three of their husbands actively served in the German army against Britain during the conflict.

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The Duke of Edinburgh officially married then Princess Elizabeth in 1947. (Image: GETTY)

queen latest news prince philip royal wedding 1947

ROYAL WEDDING TIMELINE (Image: EXPRESS)

Philip came from a broken home after his family was forced to flee their native Greece a year after he was born.

The Duke’s mother, Princess Alice, was admitted to a sanatorium for mental health problems.

His father abandoned the family to live with his mistress in Monaco.

Philip was forced to rely on the charity of family friends to house him.

Eventually the royal found a home in Britain and a career in the Royal Navy.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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