September 06, 2021 – 10:38 BST

Rachel Avery


The Queen and Prince Philip tied the knot with the world on November 20, 1947, and if you look at their stunning wedding photos, you don’t know that all of the pictures will have to be retaken many days later.

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The unusual wedding post-shoot was hot because the monarch’s bouquet was misplaced on the big day, which meant she didn’t have professional photos with the flowers in hand.

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Sterling Henry Nahum was the photographer tasked with capturing the iconic shots and he had to revisit the throne room at Buckingham Palace to make sure they had the perfect shot.

The royal couple had to take a honeymoon break to pose for the second lot of pictures and at some point during their private trips to Broadlands and Birkhall at the Balmoral Estate.

The official wedding photos were taken many days later

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Royal wedding florist David Longman revealed everything in the ITV documentary Invitation to Royal Wedding. He said, “In the middle of their honeymoon, they had to dress in their wedding gowns again, and my father had to provide another bouquet for these photos.”

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The queen before the bouquet was moved

That mistake changed the protocol of royal weddings forever, and now every bride has two identical bouquets in case one is lost.

The Queen and Prince Phillip said “I do” at Westminster Abbey – the same place where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011 and then headed to Buckingham Palace to wave to their enthusiastic fans on the iconic balcony.

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Crowds gathered to see the newlyweds

Another mishap that occurred on Her Majesty’s big day was that her precious tiara broke dramatically. On the morning of the royal wedding, the gem’s frame broke on the queen’s diamond fringed tiara and needed a quick fix before the wedding photos were taken.

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