The wedding of Princess Anne and Mark P
hillips took place on Wednesday, 14 November 1973 at Westminster Abbey in London. An estimated 500 million television viewers from around the world watched them marry.



Princess Anne and Mark Phillips met at the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he won an equestrian gold medal. Princess Anne had been a keen fan of horses for most of her life and they bonded over that. She was BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971.

Their engagement was announced in May 1973.

The weddingEdit

The day was declared a bank holiday and a global estimated audience of 500 million watched the Westminster Abbey ceremony, with large crowds lining the streets on the wedding day.

The service was a traditional royal wedding conducted by Donald Coggan, the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time. The married couple then returned to Buckingham Palace for the traditional balcony appearance before going on their honeymoon, on board the Royal Yacht Britannia traveling the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.


Main article: Wedding dress of Princess AnneBeing a traditional royal wedding, Mark Phillips, being a Lieutenant at the time, wore the army uniform of his regiment, the Queen's Dragoon Guards while Princess Anne wore a Tudor wedding inspired dress which included a traditional high collar and medieval sleeves, inspired by Elizabethan dress. It was made of silk especially woven for the Princess Royal.

Her tiara was borrowed from her mother, Elizabeth II's wedding to Philip Mountbatten.


The Royal family that attended the wedding included:

Other royal guests
The Princess Royal was escorted to her wedding in the traditional horse and carriage, The Glass Coach, by her father, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Maureen Baker of Susan Small designed the dress, based off of court dress from the era of Elizabeth I. The high collar and long sleeves of the gown were appropriate both for the required modesty of a royal wedding gown and for the chilly November weather. What makes it successful, though, is that despite the full coverage the gown still made the most of the princess’s figure: the pin-tucked bodice hugged her tiny waist closely. The dramatic trumpet sleeves are by far the most memorable part of the gown. They were edged in pearls and draped over pleated chiffon cuffs to create their shape.

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