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Royal Weddings

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011, they followed a long line of British royal weddings. However, their wedding would have been seen by more people than any other. Although the Abbey was full to its 2,200 capacity, nearly a billion people worldwide tuned in to watch live coverage or news highlights of the wedding.

The wedding of HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The wedding of HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

None would have been prouder than the Duke of Cambridge’s grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, who married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten RN here during post-war austerity in 1947.

The wedding of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The wedding of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Her father, His Majesty King George VI, exchanged vows with Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at the High Altar in April 1923.

HM The Queen’s sister HRH The Princess Margaret was married here in 1960 and of the current Royal Family, HRH The Princess Alexandra, HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Duke of York were all married on the steps of the High Altar.

The wedding of HRH The Princess Royal

The wedding of HRH The Princess Royal

In all, 16 royal weddings have taken place in the Abbey and the tradition goes back nine hundred years - to Henry I who married Princess Matilda of Scotland in 1100.

The biggest challenge we face is maintaining such a large physical collection of material within a historic building – believe it or not, there’s just not enough space for it all.

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Matthew - Keeper of the Muniments

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