Princess Anne Married Mark Phillips 47 Years Ago Today (in Her Mom the Queen's Wedding Tiara!)

On November 14, 1973, Queen Elizabeth ’s only daughter married Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the Army during a lavish wedding ceremony watched around the world.

As the first of the Queen and Prince Philip ’s four children to marry, there was much fanfare around the day, which saw crowds line the streets around Westminster Abbey and was watched by an estimated 500 million people.

Wearing a high-necked Tudor-style dress with trumpet sleeves and a seven-foot train, the royal bride accessorized with a tiara of sentimental value – it was the exact same one worn by her mother on her own wedding day back in 1947.

With her brother Prince Edward as pageboy and cousin Lady Sarah-Armstrong Jones (daughter to Princess Margaret ) by her side, the service and balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace was covered during an eight-hour BBC broadcast and the day was declared a national holiday.

Following the official photocall in May when Anne showed off her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, the royal fiancée was asked if marriage could withstand the pressure of public duty, to which she famously quipped: “Can?

They went on to have two children, Peter , born in 1977 and Zara , in 1981 and settled at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, a Grade-II listed manor house set in 730 acres of parkland that was gifted to her by the Queen and where she still lives today.

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