The Royal Wedding, 1947

Though the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was broadcast live on BBC Radio, highlights were also screened on television later that day. This mute film, which shows the royal couple leaving Westminster Abbey and their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, was originally broadcast with narration delivered live from the TV studios.

Two thousand guests were invited to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace afterwards served dishes named after the royal couple, starting with Filet de Sole Mountbatten.

↗ Originally broadcast 20 November 1947.

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