The Three Queens
Feb. 11, 1952
Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother stand at the entrance to London’s Westminster Hall as the coffin of Britain’s King George VI arrives to lie in state.
Royal weddings through the centuries
-Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg Gotha in 1840
-Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863
-Prince George, Duke of York and Princess Mary of Teck in 1893
-Prince Albert, Duke of York and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923
-Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mauntbatten in 1947
-Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981
-Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2009
When Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret were girls and they would ask their father for things, he would tell them it was up to their mother and they needed to ask her instead. Usually, she said no. Eventually they just started telling their dad she had already given permission in the hopes he wouldn’t think to check with her later.
Traditionally, royal couples had to hang their sheets outside their bedroom after their wedding night to prove the bride was a virgin and the marriage had been consummated (the expectation was that there would be blood on the sheets). Because horse riding was a near daily…