Friday, July 27, 2007

Exhibit Celebrates Queen's Wedding Anniversary

A new exhibit this summer at Buckingham Palace celebrates the 60th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Among the items on display are the Queen's wedding dress and tiara. The Daily Mail (subject link) has an interesting story about the Queen's visit to the exhibit.

More information from the Daily Telegraph and the Times.

As a regular reader of royal biographies and history, I've always been amused by the trivia that one of the Queen's bridesmaids, her cousin, had the middle name Cinderella. I've always wondered what prompted Lady Diana Cinderella Mildred Bowes-Lyon's parents to give her such an exotic name. :) (The name Mildred seems rather out of place with the first two names...)

When we were in England 20 years ago, a rather shocking story was breaking in the media, that Diana Cinderella's two sisters, who had been reported dead for decades, were actually in a mental institution. But that's another story for another time...

How appropriate that Saturday's opening of the exhibit coincides with this week's release of the newly remastered ROYAL WEDDING DVD. As Astaire fans know, the story is set against the backdrop of London's celebration of Elizabeth and Philip's wedding, and it incorporates color footage of the carriage procession to the wedding. Fred's love interest in the film was played by Sarah Churchill, daughter of the great Sir Winston himself.


Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

Interesting story about the footage of the actual royal wedding:
It was part of a documentary (the first made in Technicolor in England) that was titled: Royal Wedding. So when they released the film in Europe it was given the title Wedding Bells instead.
Somehow I don't think English viewers would have confused Jane Powell with Elizabeth :)

11:13 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Love that extra bit of film & royal history. Thanks,

11:16 AM  

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