Friday, March 9, 2012

Buckingham Palace Marks Queen Elizabeth's 60th Wedding Anniversary (From 2007)

This video is from the summer of 2007 and shows footage from a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace that  celebrated the 60th wedding anniversary of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who were married in 1947. The exhibition featured wedding gifts (they received over 2500!) and Her Majesty's (then Princess Elizabeth) wedding dress from the ceremony. Keep an eye out for a special gift from India, a piece of crocheted, cotton lace made from yarn personally spun by Mahatma Gandhi. Read a funny story from the BBC about that gift

"BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt says Mahatma Gandhi's present caught the disapproving eye of Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth's grandmother. She told a friend the piece of hand-spun lace was "indelicate", mistaking the tray cover for the Indian leader's loincloth."

Other wedding gifts included 131 pairs of nylon stockings and 500 tins of pineapple. These items were a luxury no doubt, due to the on-going rationing following World War 2.

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