As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip celebrate a remarkable 70 years of marriage on 20th November, we thought we’d take a look at royal weddings through the centuries, and see what inspiration we can draw from them.
Princess Margaret’s wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones in the spring of 1960 was the first royal wedding to be broadcast live on television, and since then, the world has tuned in to a succession of royal nuptials.
In 1981, we watched with bated breath as a young Lady Diana Spencer walked down the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral in an elaborate gown whose 25ft train was the longest in royal wedding history. Thirty years later, we saw her son William marry Kate Middleton, who dazzled in an elegant lace Alexander McQueen dress.
No other royal marriage in history has lasted as long as Queen Elizabeth II’s, and the Tudor era was certainly not a showcase for lasting unions, with its best-known monarch famously marrying six times.
King Henry VIII might not have been a believer in living happily ever after, but he did know how to host a spectacular celebration – and so do we.
We have all the ingredients you need for a wonderful celebration that includes the very best aspects of royal weddings through the ages – sumptuous food, magnificent decorations and, of course, the world’s largest Tudor artefact as a splendid backdrop.
Brimming with history and romance, the magical Mary Rose Museum is a wedding venue fit for a king, and is licensed for both civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.
Our beautiful Admiral’s Gallery can host a celebration for 100 people sitting down to a formal dinner surrounded by the many treasures recovered from Henry VIII’s magnificent flagship.
With spectacular views of the ship’s restored timbers, the atmospheric Upper Deck has a capacity of 40 and brings guests closer than ever before to the Mary Rose; it’s as close as you can get to tying the knot on the ship itself.
For smaller events, The Wardroom seats up to 16 and has wonderful views over Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The variety of venue spaces doesn’t end there – the North Pavilion is a light and spacious area for drinks receptions, and all guests have exclusive evening access to our Bridge Balcony, where they can sip champagne and nibble canapés as they look out across the harbor and HMS Victory.
If you want your wedding to reflect some of the best traditions of the Tudor era, you’ll need a spectacular feast, and we work with a number of caterers to create your perfect wedding breakfast.
Surrounded by evocative echoes of the past, you’ll start your exciting new chapter feeling like a king and queen – just make sure you celebrate your 70th wedding anniversary with us!
For more details about this inspirational venue, visit http://www.maryrose.org/weddings/