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1947: The People’s Royal Wedding


The marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on 20th November 1947 was supposed to be a low-key family affair, but it became an extraordinary moment of national celebration to raise the spirits of a country broken by war. For one day the drab grey world of post-war Britain was transformed into a Technicolor spectacular starring a fairytale bride in a beautiful dress and her dashing groom with Hollywood good looks. But this was no ordinary royal wedding, it was the result of an amazing collective effort as ordinary people from all across the country and the Commonwealth united to play their parts in the people’s royal wedding.

This landmark documentary will celebrate the contributions of all those who made the wedding such a unique occasion, from those on the inside like H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, who was a 5 year-old page boy, to those busy behind the scenes like seamstress Betty Foster, who helped to make the Queen’s wedding dress. At the heart of the film will be stunning recreations of some of the key elements of the day, including the engagement ring and the wedding cake as well as a reunion of the Westminster Abbey choir. The film will also feature celebrity interviewees including Joan Collins, Sheila Hancock, Derick Jacobi and Jilly Cooper who will share their very personal memories of an unforgettable day.


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Presented by

Alexander Armstrong