Royal DISASTER: How the Queen almost MISSED Prince Philip wedding

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Royal DISASTER: How the Queen almost MISSED Prince Philip wedding

QUEEN Elizabeth II encountered a last-minute disaster on her wedding day, a royal documentary reveals.


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this month. The young Princess Elizabeth was bowled over by the dashing Philip Mountbatten from the moment she met him when she was just 13. She was determined that he was the man she was going to marry and the nation tuned into to the radio broadcast of their wedding in 1947 when she was 21.

However, there were some “hiccups along the way” on the big day, reveals fashion historian James Sherwood in 2013 Netflix documentary “The Royals”.

The Queens wedding presents on display before the ceremony including her pearls Image Getty
The Queens wedding presents on display before the ceremony including her pearls Image Getty

He describes how Princess Elizabeth “selected the Fringe Tiara that had been worn by her mother, a very famous royal tiara”.

The stunning piece of royal jewellery was made for Queen Mary, King George V’s wife, from a diamond necklace given to her for her wedding by Queen Victoria.

Queen Mary had gifted it to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother, who then passed it on to the Queen as “something borrowed” for her wedding to Prince Philip.

However, the tiara caused an infamous mishap just before the Westminster Abbey ceremony.

“It snapped when the hairdresser tried to set it,” explains Sherwood.

The tiara was made for Queen Mary Queen Elizabeth IIs grandmother Image Getty
The tiara was made for Queen Mary Queen Elizabeth IIs grandmother Image Getty

“We have others, dear,” the Queen Mother reportedly told Elizabeth.

The Queen had her heart set on the special tiara, though.

“The Queen wanted to wear that particular tiara because she’s terribly sentimental about her jewels,” says Sherwood.

The royal jewellers Garrard came to the rescue and the tiara was fixed just in time.

It was rushed to the court jeweller’s work room by a police escort.

The tiara was made for Queen Mary Queen Elizabeth IIs grandmother Image Getty
The tiara was made for Queen Mary Queen Elizabeth IIs grandmother Image Getty

Close-up study of the Queen’s wedding day portraits reveal a tiny gap in the tiara, between the centre fringe and the smaller spike to its right, due to the quick repair.

The Queen can also be seen wearing two pearl necklaces in her wedding portrait, which were at the centre of another wedding day mishap of their own.

They had been left out as part of the display of wedding presents at St James’ Palace, and no one had thought to return them to the Queen in time for the wedding.

Her private secretary, Jock Colville, had to run back on foot through the thronging crowd to retrieve the pearls.

The pearls are also steeped in royal family tradition, with the smaller strand dating all the way back to Queen Anne.

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The Queen Mother went on to lend the Fringe Tiara to Princess Anne for her marriage to Captain Mark Philips in 1973.

The Queens wedding presents on display before the ceremony including her pearls Image Getty
The Queens wedding presents on display before the ceremony including her pearls Image Getty

It remained in the Queen Mother’s possession until her death in 2002.

It is now part of the Queen’s collection, and she can be seen wearing it in her New Zealand Diamond Jubilee portrait from 2012.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK