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    The marriage of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother) and Prince Albert, the Duke of York on 26th April 1923, at Westminster Abbey. This was the first royal wedding shared with the public.

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    Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, 1923

  • Kathy Walker

    Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon originally turned down "Bertie's" proposal in 1921 because she did not want the limitations on her life that being a member of the royal family would bring. But the prince was stubborn, and said that he would not marry anyone else. Lady Elizabeth was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Albert's sister, Princess Mary, in 1922. He proposed to her again, but she did not accept until January, 1923.

  • Beatrice Behlen

    Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, future Queen Elizabeth, on her way to marry George, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey, 26 April 1923

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