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Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor (1894–1972) & Wallis Simpson, American socialite (1896- 1986). King Edward abdicated the British crown (after reigning nearly a year) on 11 Dec 1936, so that he could marry Wallis. She was not an acceptable candidate for a king's wife ~ not only because she was an American, but also because she was a married woman, already once divorced. Edward married Simpson on 3 Jun 1937.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother) and the Duke of York (later King George VI)married in 1923

Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones, walk down the aisle at the end of their wedding June 19, in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, wore a gown by Samantha Shaw at her wedding to the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward in 1999.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, cradle the newborn who would go on to become one of Britain's most enduring Queens.

Miss Katharine Worsley, married His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and grandson of King George V).

Queen Mary of Teck, wife of King George V and the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II. Her mother was a member of the British royal family, and her father was a German duke.

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Pictures: Royal Wedding Dresses, and What They Meant

When the future Queen Elizabeth II (pictured) walked down the aisle in London's Westminster Abbey in 1947, her wedding dress was more than a fashion statement: It represented the hopes of a nation, according to royal wedding gown curator Joanna Marschner.

The Royal Family, after King George VI 's Coronation. Shows King George VI with the Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth (then H. R. H. The Princess Elizabeth)

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Best Hats of the Royal Wedding

Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain

King George VI, Princess Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and the Queen Mother.

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The King and I: Charming pictures emerge of three-year-old Elizabeth cuddling up to her stuttering father George VI

King George VI and a little Queen Elizabeth II