When the future Queen Elizabeth II (pictured) walked down the aisle in London's Westminster Abbey in 1947, her wedding dress was more than a fashion statement: It represented the hopes of a nation, according to royal wedding gown curator Joanna Marschner.
Queen Elizabeth's Wedding, 1947. Bride's Magazine:Princess Elizabeth & Duke of Edinburg.One foot shy of her parents' cake, the then-Princess's four-tiered wedding cake was created by McVitie & Price, Ltd. & featured sugar figurines depicting the couple engaging in favorite pastimes together. Slices were cut using the Duke's sword & one layer was preserved for Prince Charles's christening in 1948. http://www.brides.com/celebrity-wedding/royal-wedding/2011/04/real-royal-wedding-cakes#slide=4
Norman Hartnell, Wedding dress for Queen Elizabeth II (1947). The British designer was appointed dressmaker to the royal family in 1938, and also designed extensively for theatre and film. He was particularly known for his wedding gowns, and this one for the future Queen Elizabeth II was decorated with thousands of seed pearls and crystal beads. He also designed the Queen's coronation gown .