Princess Anne and Mark Phillips met at the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he won a gold medal in a horse event. 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 wedding

The day was declared a bank holiday and a global estimated audience of 500 million watched the Westminister 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 kiss before going on their honeymoon, on board the Royal Yacht Britannia traveling the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.


Being 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. Her grandmother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon also wore the tiara at her wedding.


Royal family that attended the wedding included

Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who aged 9 was a page boy.

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