On Her Wedding Day, Queen Elizabeth II Almost Forgot To Wear Her Royal Necklaces

Date December 20, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving British monarch till date. Her reign has been celebrated as perhaps one of the most eventful. One of the most memorable events of her life is her wedding to the sterling Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

It was a drizzly day in November of 1947. And the day was far from ordinary. It had been a while since a royal wedding took place at Westminster Abbey and the whole of England was buzzing with excitement.

The Royal engagement had been announced earlier in July that same year and many people were eagerly looking forward to the event. Today especially, many people waited in the mall, defying the weather, all to catch a glimpse of the Princess before the ceremony. And they were not disappointed.

Princess Elizabeth made her appearance at 7 am to the delight of the crowd. Hundreds they were, huddled in groups to stay warm on this glorious day. Indeed, the Princess was surprised to see so many people on the Mall that day.

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Extra measures were taken to ensure that the event was hitch free. The route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, the venue for the Royal Wedding, was carefully checked by the Special Branch to ensure it was completely safe.

Everything was in order but there was to be an amusing turn of event, something that nobody anticipated.


The Queen Anne and Queen Caroline pearl necklaces

Prior to the wedding, Princess Elizabeth received hundreds of gifts from important people in Britain and all over the world. They counted 2,583 and they were displayed at St Jame’s Palace. Among the presents was a string of pearls presented to the Princess by her parents, The King and Queen. The pearls were the famous Queen Anne and Queen Caroline pearl necklaces.

The Queen Anne necklace is the smaller strand and consists of 46 individual pearls. Historians record that the pearls once belonged to Queen Anne who was the last monarch of the Stuart dynasty in Britain. It was reportedly given to her as a gift by Prince George, the Duke of Cumberland.


The second and larger strand was previously owned by Caroline of Ansbach, the queen consort of George II. This necklace was made up of 50 pearls. It is said that Caroline was a lover of pearls and had a great collection of them. She decided to make one special necklace using pearls from her 50 best necklaces.


Together, these pearls had been in possession of the Royal family for generations and it was a thing of great pride that the Princess was to wear them on her wedding day.


She forgot them.

In a final rush to get from her dressing room to Westminster Abbey, the Princess realized that she did not have the necklaces. Thankfully, a courier remembered that the jewels were still on display at St. James’ palace. Jock Colville, who at the time was personal secretary to the Princess, was asked to retrieve the necklaces.

In the flurry of activity, the secretary unintentionally commandeered the car carrying King Haakon of Norway. Odd as the situation was, the King graciously allowed Jock Colville take his car and retrieve the jewels.

In the end, the wedding was hitch free and a huge success. Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip had their honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey in New Hampshire. She went on to become the next Queen of England.

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Her marriage was blessed with four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. She has been married for over 70 years and continues to rule all of Britain till this day.

Long live the Queen!

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