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Royal Wedding 2011: Westminster Abbey History, Divorce Rate

Posted by on April 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM EST

westminster abbeyHere are some of the royalty that have gotten married in Westminster Abbey.

With the 2011 Royal Wedding (Prince William & Kate Middleton) just nine days away we take a look at all of the previous royalty who were also married in Westminster Abbey (and the divorce rate of those marriages). Get ready for a long list of Kings, Queens, Dukes, Princesses and Princes in this laundry list of Royal Weddings.

In 1923, Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) in an April ceremony.

King Edward VIII, formerly the Prince of Wales was abdicated from the British throne on December 11, 1936 (scandalous) so he could marry twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson.  Edward’s younger brother, Prince Albert, become King George VI.  Their wedding didn’t occur in Westminster Abbey, but thought I would throw it in here because it was a bit juicy! The couple was married in France.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married at the Abbey on November 20, 1947.  These two met at the wedding of Prince Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to the Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of Princess Elizabeth in 1934. Yikes, sounds all too closely related to me.

Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones (later the Earl of Snowdon) on May 6, 1960.  They divorced in 1978.

Princess Anne, Prince Charles sister and the Queen’s only daughter, married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.  They had two children, Peter in 1977 (Queen’s first grandchild) and Zara in 1981.  Geez, you never hear about these two.  The couple were divorced in 1992.  The same year, Princess Anne remarried Commander Timothy Luarence.  This was held in a private ceremony in Scotland.

In 1986, Prince Andrew (Prince Charles’s younger brother and the Duke of York) married publishing executive Sarah Ferguson.  They had two children, Beatrice in 1988 and Eugenie in 1990.  Their marriage ended in 1992.

Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth, married public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones.  They became the Earl and Countess of Wessex.  Their first child was born in 2003, Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (what a mouthful) and their son, James Viscount Severn, was born in 2007.  This is the only one of the Queen’s children that has not divorced.

All of these marriages took place in Westminster Abbey.  How many of them survived? Not many.  4 of these couples divorced.  Those are not good odds.  Do you think Prince William and Kate Middleton can survive?  Maybe it has nothing to do with the church.



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