On November 20, 1947, in the post-war UK, Elizabeth, future Queen of England, married her chosen one, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. The crowd, gathered in mass, exults. This day of history is also the return of hope. “They were more than a million, in a hurry, to see pass in the square of glass and gold the heiress of the old empire in white veil”, comments in French one of the journalists of the time.
Upon arrival in front of Westminster Abbey, the war and its traumas are forgotten. The British are dreaming again in front of the ivory satin dress embroidered with 10,000 pearls. The triple train of tulle and silk also marks the spirits. The UK is still in a rationing period and like her people, the Princess has had to adapt. “The bride’s dress suffered the consequences of rationing of textile products. The princess had to finance her wedding dress with coupons “, details Marc Roche, a biographer of Elizabeth II.