A wedding is always a big event for every couple, but a royal wedding can have a positive impact on the whole nation. Here are some royal weddings that have been celebrated over the past 25 years.
Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Timothy James Hamilton Laurence
On 12 December 1992, Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, married Timothy Laurence, a commander in the Royal Navy. This was Anne’s second marriage, having been divorced from Mark Phillips in 1992. The previous marriage forced the couple to marry in Scotland at Crathie Kirk, due to the Church of England’s unwillingness to permit the marriage in church.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones
19 June 1999 saw the marriage of Edward Antony Richard Louis, third son of Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. When Edward met Sophie Rhys-Jones at a charity event in 1994, she was a public relations executive. The marriage took place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was held mainly for family and friends, with the reception held at St. George’s Hall in Windsor.
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles
After a long-term, controversial relationship, at which time both were married, Charles, Prince of Wales, heir to the throne and eldest son of Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, married Camilla Rosemary Shand. She was known as Camilla Parker Bowles by her first marriage. The wedding took place at Windsor’s Guildhall on 9 April 2005, and despite having received public criticism for Camilla’s part in Charles’ first marriage, the wedding was a big event for the British public, who had grown to accept the union.
Peter Mark Andrew Phillips and Autumn Patricia Kelly
Peter Phillips is the eldest grandchild of Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and son of Anne, Princess Royal and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips. He met Autumn Kelly at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Their engagement forced Autumn to convert from Catholicism to the Church of England so that her future husband would not lose his place in succession to the throne. They married on 17 May 2008 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton
Having both studied art at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, William Arthur Philip Louis, eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, began a long term relationship with Catherine Middleton. The pair were married at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011. It was a lavish national event, magnified by the fact that their first child will be next in line to the throne after William.
Zara Anne Phillips and Michael James Tindall
On 30 July 2011, Zara Phillips, second- eldest granddaughter of Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, married rugby union player Michael Tindall. They had met during England’s Rugby World Cup in 2003. The wedding took place at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.
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Julie Scott works for the Royal Scots Club, which is a famous wedding venue in Edinburgh in Scotland.