Год издания: 2007
Издатель: National Archives
Количество страниц: 112
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As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate their 60 years of marriage, the National Archives presents a fascinating, behind the scenes look at the royal wedding of 1947. The magnificence of the occasion captured the nation's imagination and brought thousands on to the streets to cheer. Its Norman Hartnell dresses and 400 lb. wedding cake (extravagances frowned on in some quarters) offered a temporary escape from a ration book economy and the worries of an unstable world. Using the unparalleled original material in The National Archives, Elizabeth and Philip charts the round the clock efforts of those, both high and low, who ensured the event's success. Fascinating nuggets and individual anecdotes abound from the official who proposed using fireworks (given all the 'surplus explosive chemicals' left over from the war!) to civil servants appalled at the poor quality tourist tat, or the police who, politely but firmly, demanded their own beer tent to keep up morale on the day. There...