Princess Anne wedding to husband Timothy Laurence compared to first Mark Phillips nuptials

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Princess Anne wedding to husband Timothy Laurence compared to first Mark Phillips nuptials

Princess Anne's wedding to Mark Phillips in 1973 was a lavish affair at Westminster Abbey with all the trappings of a big royal wedding. The pair w

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Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips in 1973 was a lavish affair at Westminster Abbey with all the trappings of a big royal wedding. The pair were both keen on horses, a hobby that went on to cement their bond in marriage. He presented her with a sapphire and diamond ring to cement their engagement.

Five-hundred million people watched the ceremony on TV, at which a 22-year-old Anne wore a Tudor-inspired wedding dress made by the head designer of popular brand Susan Small.

She wore the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara and a long veil.

Continuing with the royal tradition for young bridesmaids and page boys, Anne had nine-year-old Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, her aunt Princess Margaret’s daughter, and her nine-year-old brother Prince Edward.

The couple had two children, Peter and Zara, but divorced in 1992 after separating in 1989.

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Thirty people attended Anne and Timothy’s wedding, where she wore a white jacket, a white knee-length dress and a pretty spray of white flowers in her characteristically beehived hair.

Her engagement ring is a cabochon sapphire and diamond piece.

Anne and Timothy live in an apartment in St James’s Palace.

Princess Anne and the Queen appeared in a Zoom call to carers in previous weeks and an unseen clip of a sweet interaction between them was included in last night’s documentary.

A body language expert analysed the moment for Express.co.uk.

Judi James said: “This video is probably only the second glimpse into the very warm and funny relationship between the Queen and her daughter.

“Here we can see the way Anne combines some very loving but un-fussy caring rituals as she guides the 94 year-old through the perils of video conferencing while adding a joke about herself at the end.”

Anne is particularly good at dealing with the elderly, the expert says, and avoiding the sometimes patronising tone younger people may use when speaking to their elders, the expert said.



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