(Australian Associated Press)
BRITAIN’S ROYAL WEDDINGS PAST
A look back at the weddings of members of the British Royal Family during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and where the romances ended up.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND CATHERINE MIDDLETON
April 29, 2011. Westminster Abbey
The future King of England married Catherine Middleton in a ceremony watched by millions around the globe. The pair met while studying at St Andrews University in Edinburgh and finally tied the knot after eight years together.
After weeks of speculation as to who would dress the bride, Middleton walked down the aisle in a now-famous custom lace Alexander McQueen gown. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace.
The pair, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has three children, Prince George, 4, Princess Charlotte, 3, and the newly-born Prince Louis.
ZARA PHILLIPS AND MIKE TINDALL
July, 30, 2011. Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
More than seven years after they were introduced in a Sydney bar the Queen’s granddaughter and Olympic equestrian Zara Phillips and English rugby player Mike Tindall were married in Edinburgh.
The two sport stars tied the knot in a simple but lavish affair attended by key members of the royal family. They have since welcomed a daughter Mia and are expecting another child in the summer.
PETER PHILLIPS AND AUTUMN KELLY
May 17, 2008. St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Peter Phillips became the first of the Queen’s grandchildren to wed when he married Canadian Autumn Kelly. The son of the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, Phillips typically avoided the spotlight but sparked furore when he sold photos of his wedding to a celebrity magazine.
The pair met in 2003 while both working at the Montreal Grand Prix. Phillips did not tell his future bride of his royal connections for some time, with Kelly discovering she was dating a royal when she spotted him on TV.
They’ve since had two daughters, Savannah and Isla.
PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES
April 9, 2005. Windsor Guildhall
After a long and infamous affair, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles finally wed in a low-key private civil ceremony at Windsor.
The ceremony was followed by a televised religious blessing at St George’s Chapel in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
The pair first met in 1970 and were on-again, off-again lovers for decades.
PRINCE EDWARD AND SOPHIE RHYS-JONES
June 19, 1999. St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
The Queen’s youngest son married PR manager Sophie Rhys-Jones in a low-key ceremony at St George’s Chapel.
The prince winked at his bride as she joined him at the altar wearing a simple ivory gown.
The pair, known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex, have two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
PRINCESS ANNE AND TIMOTHY LAURENCE
December 12, 1992. Crathie Kirk, Balmoral
The Princess Royal’s second marriage was held in Scotland as the Church of England at the time did not allow divorced people to marry in its churches.
She wed Royal Navy Commander Timothy Laurence and became the first British royal divorcee to remarry since 1905.
PRINCE ANDREW AND SARAH FERGUSON
July 23, 1986. Westminster Abbey
Married in a fairytale wedding on the heels of the pomp of Charles and Diana, all eyes were on the pair as the Queen’s second eldest son married a commoner who was the daughter of a major. The pair were known as the Duke and Duchess of York following their nuptials.
While initially the monarchy had high hopes for the laid-back Ferguson, the marriage disintegrated and the pair divorced in 1996. However, they still remain close and have two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
PRINCE CHARLES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER
July 29, 1981. St Paul’s Cathedral, London
It was the wedding of the century, but the romance was doomed almost from the beginning when the heir to the throne married Lady Diana Spencer in a ceremony watched across the globe.
The pair had two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, but separated in 1992 before divorcing four years later. Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
PRINCESS ANNE AND MARK PHILLIPS
November 14, 1973. Westminster Abbey
The first of Queen Elizabeth’s children to marry, Princess Anne wed army lieutenant Mark Phillips in a televised ceremony. Phillips was an Olympic gold medal-winning equestrian who unusually did not take a title from the Queen on marrying into the royal family.
The pair welcomed two children, Peter and Zara, while together before divorcing in 1992 – the siblings bear no titles.
PRINCESS MARGARET AND ANTONY ARMSTRONG-JONES
May 6, 1960. Westminster Abbey
The vivacious younger sister of the Queen married photographer Armstrong-Jones after being talked out of marrying her first love Peter Townsend because he was a divorcee.
Armstrong-Jones was made the Earl of Snowden on the day of the wedding – which was the first to be broadcast on television.
Rumours of affairs circled in 1966 and the couple drifted apart before divorcing in 1978.
They had two children while together, David and Sarah.