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Upon the accession of Elizabeth, it brought up the question of the name of the royal house. The Duke's uncle, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, advocated the name House of Mountbatten, as Elizabeth would typically have taken Philip's last name on marriage; however, when Queen Mary, Elizabeth's grandmother, heard of this suggestion, she informed the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who himself later advised the Queen to issue a royal proclamation declaring that the royal house was to remain known as the House of Windsor.
Prince Philip privately complained, "I am nothing but a bloody amoeba. I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children."
On 8 February 1960, several years after the death of Queen Mary and the resignation of Churchill, the Queen issued an Order in Council declaring that Mountbatten-Windsor would be the surname of her and her husband's male-line descendants who are not styled as Royal Highness or titled as Prince or Princess. #britishroyals #britishroyalty #elizabethii #queenelizabethii #georgevi #queenelizabethqueenmother #queenmary #maryofteck #royals #royalty #royalwedding1947 #royalwedding #princephilipofgreeceanddenmark #ltphilipmountbatten #princephilipdukeofedinburgh #dukeofedinburgh #europeanroyals #europeanroyalty #princessandrewofgreeceanddenmark #windsordynasty #mountbattenwindsor
Given the rationing of clothing at the time, Elizabeth had to purchase the material using ration coupons. The government allowed her 200 extra ration coupons. She was given hundreds of clothing coupons by brides-to-be from all parts of the country to help her pay for her dress. She had to return the coupon gifts as it was illegal for them to have been given away in the first instance.
The dress was designed by Norman Hartnell and made of soft Damascus Prokar, with a high neckline, tailored bodice and a short train. The dress has a 15-foot silk tulle full court train, which was attached at the shoulders, is embroidered in pearl, crystal and transparent applique tulle embroidery. The train, symbolic of rebirth and growth after the war, was stated to be inspired by Botticelli's c. 1482 painting of Primavera. Elizabeth used the Queen Mary Fringe tiara to secured her veil. Elizabeth's outfit was completed with ivory duchesse satin high-heeled sandals, trimmed with silver and seed pearl buckles. The future queen did her own makeup for the wedding.
Her wedding bouquet consisted of "white orchids with a sprig of myrtle". The myrtle was taken from "the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet". The bouquet was returned to the abbey the day after the service to be laid on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, following a tradition started by Elizabeth's mother at her wedding in 1923. #britishroyals #britishroyalty #elizabethii #queenelizabethii #georgevi #queenelizabethqueenmother #queenmary #maryofteck #royals #royalty #royalwedding1947 #royalwedding #princephilipofgreeceanddenmark #ltphilipmountbatten #princephilipdukeofedinburgh #dukeofedinburgh #europeanroyals #europeanroyalty #princessandrewofgreeceanddenmark #windsordynasty #normanhartnell
November 20, 1947 – Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip of Greece at Westminster Abbey
Elizabeth was the heir presumptive of George VI. She met her future husband, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, in 1934. However, another meeting at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939, Elizabeth – though only 13 years old – said she fell in love with Philip and they began to exchange letters. The meeting was arranged by Philip’s uncle, Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who had an ambitions of a Mountbatten-Windsor marriage. They are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. Shortly after the war, the 21 years old Elizabeth became officially engaged on 9 July 1947.
The engagement was not without controversy; Philip had no financial standing and was foreign-born. Before the marriage, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles, officially converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism, and adopted the style Lt. Philip Mountbatten, taking the surname of his mother's British family. On the day of the wedding, he was created HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The wedding took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth was attended by eight bridesmaids: HRH The Princess Margaret, HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon. Margaret Elpinstone and Diana Bowes-Lyon. Her cousins Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent served as page boys. The Duke of Edinburgh's best man was David Mountbatten, the Marquess of Milford Haven, his maternal first cousin.
In post-war Britain, it was not acceptable for the Philip's three surviving sisters, who were married to German princes, to be invited to the wedding. The Duke of Windsor was not invited either. Following the marriage Elizabeth styled herself, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh until her accession. The couple have four children.
A t h r i l l o f h o p e , the weary world rejoices . #reenaburtonart
I believe in Mary. I don’t know if she was a virgin, and I don’t care. I wish it wasn’t the focal point of her narrative all these centuries. Yet, it’s part of why I love her.
To me, she’s every mother. She’s always there, with her miracle of creating life, and yet we’re always looking right past her. We take her body for granted; we diminish her labors; we demean her sacrifices; we dismiss her identity as a full individual, only acknowledging the singularity of those aspects we deem to be of service to us. Just like we do with every mother, we miss the point of her story entirely.
If we had not always been so ashamed of the beauty in our bodies and the magic they can make together, maybe we could have seen her. Isn’t it enough of a miracle that two people can join bodies and create new life in ecstasy? Isn’t it worth celebrating with awe and reverence that a woman’s body can form another being inside her own? That she grows an entire organ whose soul purpose is to feed it? That she literally shapeshifts in order to birth this being and then continues to give it sustenance and life and love ever after?
I wish these truths were what we revered at Christmas. I wish we could honor Mary even if, or maybe because, she was not a virgin. She was a woman. She was a mother. These things did not make her less pure, less worthy, less of a miracle. They ARE the miracle.
I see you Mary. I love you. I hope someday you will get to be seen and worshipped by all for the Queen you have always been.