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Elizabeth and Philip: 20 November 1947 (National Archives) (National Archives) [Hardcover]

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Item description for Elizabeth and Philip: 20 November 1947 (National Archives) (National Archives) by Val Horsler...

As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate their 60 years of marriage, the National Archives presents a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the royal wedding of 1947. The magnificence of the occasion captured the nation's imagination and brought thousands on to the streets to cheer. Its Norman Hartnell dresses and 400 lb. wedding cake (extravagances frowned on in some quarters) offered a temporary escape from a ration-book economy and the worries of an unstable world. Using the unparalleled original material in The National Archives, Elizabeth and Philip charts the round-the-clock efforts of those, both high and low, who ensured the event's success. Fascinating nuggets and individual anecdotes abound from the official who proposed using fireworks (given all the 'surplus explosive chemicals' left over from the war!) to civil servants appalled at the poor-quality tourist tat, or the police who, politely but firmly, demanded their own beer tent to keep up morale on the day. There was royal protocol to consider too how would the Foreign Office deal with congratulations from Japan, with which Britain was still technically at war, or from Albania's former king, now persona non grata in his homeland? And would it be necessary to protect all that pageantry and glamour from that most British of problems, rain?

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Item Specifications...

Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.06" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 6, 2007
Publisher   National Archives
ISBN  190561523X  
ISBN13  9781905615230  

Availability  0 units.

More About Val Horsler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Val Horsler has been involved for almost 30 years in history, heritage and archaeology publishing, most recently as Head of Publishing at English Heritage. Now a full-time writer and editor, her recent publications include Living the Past and This Spectred Isled: A Journey through Haunted England (co-authored with Susan Kelleher). She has two daughters and lives by the sea in Kent, England.

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