Dateline: 28 April 2011   

          Westminster Abbey - Weddings         

In spite of much media hype about how Westminster Abbey is a famous place for royal weddings, it is surprising to reflect on the fact that there have only been 15 weddings by persons who have been entitled to be called 'Royal HIghness'. They are:


(1) 11 November 1100: King Henry I of England was married to Matilda of Scotland.

(2) 9 April 1269: Edmund of Crouchback, 1st Earl of Leicester and Lancaster, son of King Henry III was married to Lady Aveline de Forz.

(3) 30 April 1290: Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I was married to the 7th Earl of Gloucester.

(4) 8 July 1290: Margaret of England, daughter of King Edward I was married to John II, son of Duke of Brabant.

(5) 20 January 1382: King Richard II of England was married to Anne of Bohemia.


There then follows a period of 537 years before another royal wedding.


(6) 27 February 1919: Princess Patricia of Connaught was married to Commander Alexander Ramsay.

(7) 28 February 1922: The Princess Mary, daughter of King George V was married to Viscount Lascelles.

(8) 26 April 1923: The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), second son of King George V was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later to become The Queen Mother).

(9) 29 November 1934: The Prince George, Duke of Kent, son of King George V was married to Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

(10) 20 November 1947: The Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), elder daughter of King George VI was married to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten RN (later Duke of Edinburgh).

(11) 6 May 1960: The Princess Margaret, second daughter of King George VI was married to Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Earl of Snowdon).

(12) 24 April 1963: Princess Alexandra of Kent was married to Angus Ogilvy.

(13) 14 November 1973: Princess Anne, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II was married to Captain Mark Phillips.

(14) 23 July 1986: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II, was married to Miss Sarah Ferguson.

(15) 29 April 2011: Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton.


Other venues for royal marriages were:

St Stephen’s chapel in the Palace of Westminster.

Whitehall Palace and Greenwich Palace were two of the locations used by Henry VIII.

St James’s Palace and St George’s chapel Windsor were also popular with later monarchs and their children.

Princess Patricia, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, began the modern trend for royal marriages at Westminster Abbey in 1919 and Princess Mary and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, who married the future George VI, chose to follow her example.


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