A Story of Love and Loyalty
In November 2017 Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary. Here you can learn more about the romance that has inspired a celebratory collection of coins for this special royal occasion.
The Wedding Dress
In 1947 Britain was still under the tight restrictions of post-war austerity and rationing was still a heavy presence in daily life. Princess Elizabeth, like any other bride, had to save ration tokens to buy the materials for her dress and the public were keen to support her, sending in their own tokens to help create the special dress.
The kind gesture was greatly appreciated but the rations were sent back with a note of thanks, and the government granted an extra 200 ration tokens for the royal wedding dress.
The dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, who also designed the coronation dress worn by Her Majesty just over five years later. The dress was fit for a princess – a duchesse satin bridal gown with motifs of star lilies and orange blossoms. The 13-foot silk tulle full court train was the crowning glory, embroidered in pearls, crystal and appliqué duchesse satin. True to the austere time, Princess Elizabeth did her own make-up on the big day.
The Silver Wedding Anniversary 1972
The Royal Mint struck a commemorative 25p coin with both obverse and reverse designs by Arnold Machin. The reverse featured the initials of the royal couple with the figure of Eros – the Greek god of love – between the initials on a foliage background.
The Golden Wedding Anniversary 1997
The commemorative crown struck for the golden wedding anniversary was decorated by a shield design by Leslie Durbin on the reverse. The obverse featured a combined portrait by Philip Nathan, creator of the famous Britannia coin design which has featured on coins since 1987.
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