Wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Philips

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Wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Philips
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Princess Anne and Mark Philips on their wedding day.
Date 14 November 1973
Location Westminster Abbey, London, England
Participants Princess Anne and Mark Philips

The wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips took place on Wednesday, 14 November 1973 at Westminster Abbey in London. An estimated 500 million television viewers from around the world watched them marry.


Princess Anne and Mark Phillips met at the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he won an equestrian gold medal. Princess Anne had been a keen fan of horses for most of her life and they bonded over that. She was BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971.

Their engagement was announced in May 1973.

The wedding[edit]

The day was declared a bank holiday and a global estimated audience of 500 million watched the Westminster Abbey ceremony, with large crowds lining the streets on the wedding day. Princess Anne was accompanied to the ceremony in the Glass State Coach by her father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The service was a traditional royal wedding conducted by Donald Coggan, the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time. The married couple then returned to Buckingham Palace for the traditional balcony appearance before going on their honeymoon, on board the Royal Yacht Britannia traveling the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.


Being a traditional royal wedding, Mark Phillips, being a Lieutenant at the time, wore the army uniform of his regiment, the Queen's Dragoon Guards while Princess Anne wore a Tudor wedding inspired dress which included a traditional high collar and medieval sleeves, inspired by Elizabethan dress. It was made of silk especially woven for Princess Anne.

Her tiara was borrowed from her mother, Elizabeth II's wedding to Philip Mountbatten.


The Royal family that attended the wedding included:

Other royal guests