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Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family

Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Prince of Greece and Denmark, today the Duke of Edinburgh, on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London.

Still in the aftermath of the Second World War, the wedding ceremony was relatively modest.  Princess Elizabeth collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress.   The royal couple spent their honeymoon at Broadlands, Hampshire, the home of Lord Mountbatten, and at Birkhall, Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s first child, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, was born in November 1948.  Charles has two sons, Prince William of Wales, now the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry of Wales.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s second child Princess Anne, The Princess Royal was born in 1950.  Princess Anne she has two children, Peter and Zara Philips, and one grandchild, Miss Savannah Phillips.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s third child, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, was born in 1960.  Prince Andrew has two daughters Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s fourth child, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, was born in 1964.  Prince Edward has two children The Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

Main Image: Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive by horse drawn carriage in the parade ring on the third day, traditionally known as Ladies Day, of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot on 16 June 2011.   Ascot is celebrating its 300 years of horse racing at the Royal Racecourse.  The first race ran in August 1711 with a prize of some 100 guineas.  Photo: AP/Alastair Grant)