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In pictures: Royal diamond wedding

Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on their wedding day

It is 60 years since the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten - the first time a British heir presumptive had been married.

The royal couple with their bridesmaids and page boys

The royal couple had eight bridesmaids, including the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, plus two page boys.

Crowds in front of Buckingham Palace

Thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the royal wedding on 20 November, 1947.

The royal newly weds leaving Westminster Abbey

The Queen was the 10th member of the royal family to be married at Westminster Abbey - the first was Henry I, who married Princess Matilda of Scotland there in 1100.

The page from the book of register, showing the royal marriage

The marriage was entered in the book of register. The many witnesses included the King and Queen, Queen Mary and Princess Andrew of Greece (the groom's mother).

The congregation at the Queen and Prince Philip's diamond wedding ceremony

Some 2,000 guests were invited to a special ceremony to mark the royal couple's 60th wedding anniversary.

The Queen and Prince Philip walk up the aisle

The couple retraced their steps up the aisle of Westminster Abbey 60 years after their wedding.

The royal couple

The Queen is the first reigning monarch in British history to celebrate his or her diamond wedding.

Prince William

The couple's grandson, Prince William, gave a reading during the service.

Relatives of Prince Philip

Their German links meant Prince Philip's relatives, Prince and Princess Ludwig and Princess Margaetta of Baden and the Margrave and Margravine of Baden, were not invited in 1947.

The Queen and Prince Philip leave Westminster Abbey

The abbey's bells rang out as the Queen and Prince Philip left, to be met by cheering crowds before unveiling a plaque in Parliament Square.


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