Why Did Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip Attend The Wedding Of Princess Diana's Parents In 1954?

August 22, 2018 11:18

Princess Diana's rise to the royal status seemed like a fairytale: She met a prince, had a beautiful wedding, and gave him two amazing sons. But few know that Diana's family had close ties with the British monarchs for several generations. Her parents, in particular, were in good graces of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. So, let's dive into the history between these two families and learn more about it.

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Devoted royal servants

Princess Diana's father, John Spencer, had the Viscount Althorp title and served as an Equarry to Elizabeth II's father, King George VI, and subsequently to the Queen herself.


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Before Spencer, two of Diana's grandmothers served as ladies-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, which shows how close their families had been for generations.

Similarly to his ancestors, John Spencer was a dedicated servant to the members of the royal family, which is why they even attended his wedding with Diana's mother, Frances, in 1954.


Viscount Althorp's wedding was surprisingly high-profile and even took place at Westminster Abbey. As The Montreal Gazette reported, the ceremony was attended by 1,700 guests, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Destined to become equal

Such long and familiar history between Princess Diana's family and British royalty makes us believe that it was her destiny to someday marry a prince.

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As we know now, Diana became the chosen bride for Prince Charles and to this day remains one of the most favorite women in the history of the royal family.

Some fairytales happen out of nowhere, but others are a product of years in development and carefully nurtured relationships.

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