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The look of love: New footage from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 1947 wedding released

After releasing amazing never-before-seen footage from Prince Charles’ 1948 christening, Movietone have unveiled historic video from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 1947 wedding.

By Chloe Lal
Many of us would remember Prince William and Duchess Catherine's breathtaking wedding ceremony in 2011 which was held in London's Westminster Abbey.
And in a beautiful retro twist the couple, who had known each other for some time, exchanged love letters during Elizabeth's teenage years before tying the knot on 20 November, 1947.
The vintage film shows us the then Princess Elizabeth in a beautiful white satin wedding gown, which was created by the royal family’s designer, Norman Hartnell.
BBC radio broadcast the momentous occasion with over 200 million people worldwide tuning in. The phenomenal recording really takes you back and perfectly captures the excitement and buzz surrounding the romantic event.
Just like William and Catherine’s big day, crowds had gathered outside the church in hopes to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
Thousands of well-wishers lined the Mall and Buckingham Palace to witness the iconic moment the 21-year-old Princess made her debut as a wife, with Philip by her side.
Their first appearance on the balcony as newlyweds captured hearts across the globe.
Eyes only for each other: There is something spectacularly magical about the love shared between the Queen and her husband.
The film, which was released by the Associated Press and British Movietone, is full of nostalgia as it shows the day’s highlights including a close up shot of Elizabeth and Philip's signed marriage certificate.
Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 62 years, but at the core of the iconic woman, she is someone who has loved.
It is stunning to see how in love the royal couple were were on their wedding day and how it has only strengthened with time!
The pair are incredibly close, but Philip recalled that it took some coaxing.
"You were so shy. I couldn't get a word out of you,” the Duke of Edinburgh once recalled of his meeting with Elizabeth in 1939.
But it looks like those times have well and truly ended with the Queen’s former private secretary Lord Charteris admitting, "It is not unknown for the Queen to tell the Duke to shut up."
"You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance," Philip joked after 50 years of marriage and 10 years later he laughed that, "the secret of a happy marriage is to have different interests."
Joking aside, it is clear that it is the Prince’s utter devotion to his wife that has been a backbone to their incredible partnership.
"My job first, second and last is never to let the Queen down," he has sweetly said.
Prince Philip is the ever-doting husband, caring for his wife, the Queen, as he holds her hand through life.

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