In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II‘s death, royal enthusiasts are looking back on her life — including a moving story about her wedding dress.
When Her Majesty, who died at age 96 on Thursday, September 8, married Prince Philip in 1947, the British government was still recovering from World War II — and materials needed to bring her gown to life were scarce and expensive.
The U.K. was now a nation that rations was a common practice, and the royal family wasn’t exempt. MSNBC reported that Elizabeth, who was a princess at the time and determined to find her dream dress, saved clothing coupons to pay for it. The public was excited about Elizabeth’s upcoming nuptials so they sent their own rations to her, even though she was given 200 more ration coupons. Town & Country. (Each donation was however returned.
The monarch’s dress was designed by Norman Hartnell and was “decorated with 10,000 pearls sent from America,” according to the Royal Collection Trust. The dress was finished with a 15-foot train hand-woven in Essex. Elizabeth wore a tiara borrowed from Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on her head.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip said “I do” at Westminster Abbey. (Her Majesty assumed the throne at just 25 years after King George IV’s passing.
The couple remained married until Philip’s death on April 9, 2021. They had two sons together King Charles III, Prince Andrew, Prince EdwardAnd Princess Anne.
People around the world watched as the queen bid farewell to her longtime lover, just like she did at her wedding. Queen Elizabeth wore a black jacket, hat, and mask for her husband’s funeral. On her arrival, Queen Elizabeth was seen adjusting the mask and wiping away tears.
On Thursday, the palace announced Elizabeth’s death in a statement, sharing: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”
News of her passing came hours after it was revealed that Her Majesty was “under medical supervision” amid recent mobility issues.
“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s healthAnd have recommended she remain under medical supervision,” the statement read. “The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
The queen’s loved ones, including her grandsons Prince William and Prince HarryThey ran to her side and bid farewell to the monarch, who ruled for 70 years.