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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.

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.

On April 26, 1923, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon became the centre of attention for the million of people who crammed the capital, eager to view the first Westminster Abbey wedding in over 500 years. She would become the future Queen Elizabeth in 1936 when her husband, Prince Albert, Duke of York became King George VI when his brother, King Edward VIII abdicated to marry a twice divorced Wallis Simpson.

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.

The Diamond Anniversary: A love match the nation badly needed

Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten and his bride, Princess Elizabeth of York, on their wedding day. On the morning of his wedding Philip, who'd renounced his Greek and Danish titles, was giving the style "His Royal Highness" and the title "Duke of Edinburgh" by his new father-in-law, King George VI.

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

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Historical royal wedding gowns

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on her wedding day.

The Duke and Duchess of York (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) pictured with Queen Elizabeth II at her christening on May 29, 1926.


Best Hats of the Royal Wedding

Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain

A rare photo showing all of King George V and Queen Mary's children in the later childhood or teens. Back row : Prince Albert, Prince Edward and Prince Henry; front row : Prince John, Princess Mary and Prince George. circa 1915

Chic Vintage Bride: Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon and Prince Albert of England on their wedding day, April 26, 1923 (later Queen Elizabeth and King George VI)