The Duke of Edinburgh | Consort, conservationist and champion of the young
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 November 1947
DURATION | 25 minutes 41 seconds
This is a compilation of segments from the radio broadcast of the marriage of HRH Princess Elizabeth with Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. We begin with Mendelssohn's 'Wedding March', which accompanies the newly-weds as they leave Westminster Abbey. Wynford Vaughan-Thomas describes the scene inside the Abbey before handing over to Richard Dimbleby, who narrates the events on the processional route of the royal party back to Buckingham Palace. There, Frank Gillard joins the crowds as they await the royal couple's balcony appearance prior to their departure for their honeymoon.
The BBC placed 55 microphones along the route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey so listeners could hear everything from the wedding responses to the clatter of the horses' hooves. Television cameras were positioned outside the Palace and the Abbey for live transmission, but footage of the procession was compiled and shown later in the evening. The commemorative 'Radio Times' describes the BBC's coverage of the royal wedding.
The above picture shows King George VI and Princess Elizabeth arriving in the Irish State Coach at Westminster Abbey.
Crowds cheer as the happy couple emerge from Westminster Abbey.
Crowds chant 'We want Philip' after the birth of Prince Charles.
The duke reveals the questions that this international scientific project will seek to answer.
The Duke of Edinburgh talks about the importance of skills in the modern workplace.
Four teenagers grill the Duke of Edinburgh about his life and work.
Why preserving endangered species is important for the health of the planet.
Public awareness about threats to the environment can save the world.
What drives people to do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?
Follow two groups as they undertake their expeditions in gruelling conditions.
The Duke of Edinburgh warns of the catastrophic effects of human behaviour on the environment.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Commemorative 'Radio Times' cover to mark the royal wedding.
Background to the radio programme 'Let's Find Out' and its participants.
Images of Prince Philip from 1948-2005
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