The Royal Wedding of Prince Edward & Katharine at York Minster (1961) | British Pathé

York Minster the greatest Cathedral Church in the kingdom has not seen a royal wedding for 633 years not since 8 with the third was married here in 1328 so this is something worth waiting for all night if necessary and with a little forethought it's possible to be uncomfortable in comfort and on a day like this who cares if he has to breakfast on the pavement for who really cares if the June night has seemed unnaturally long for the night has come to an end at last and this is a day of a fairy tale wedding today a squaws daughter marries a royal Duke and she has golden hair and E is a handsome soldier what law could you ask 20 miles away at popping them all the bride is ready to leave her father's home to which she will briefly returned as a duchess and here she is Kathryn Worsley driving in a cloud of gossamer silk calls through the village where her family have lived since the middle ages the village where everyone knows her and she knows everyone at York Minster that great and the famous are arriving for the ceremony everybody recognizes Douglas Fairbanks who's behind him no power and a little anxious perhaps the bride's mother lady worse here is oh man back you can Duchess of Gloucester and the groom himself the Duke of Kent arriving at the South door while his royal relatives are taking their places inside the great Cathedral with them are members of many foreign royal families Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain accompanies the Queen Mother best man is the groom's brother Prince Michael their mother the Duchess of Kent and their sister Princess Alexandra arrived together from today the Duchess will once again be known as Princess Marina Princess Margaret and her husband watch quietly as they await the arrival of the most important guests of all her Majesty the Queen with Prince Philip and the Prince of Wales and her Majesty honours both City and the bride by wearing in her hat the wife Rose of York Quinn's house wears a navy suit and the tie of team's goal and Prince Phillip the uniform are filled and here too the peeling of bells and the cheering of the otter crowd comes the Yorkshire bride the girl whose deity address to take the breath away and a smile that has already won the world's affection many brides have felt nervous facing a far less August congregation the list but as the squaws daughter walks down the aisle on the Squires arm towards the Queens the princes The Dukes the sovereign herself Catherine Worsley carries herself with happiness and pride as everyone secretly deals a bride shortened splendid in taupe and lighter dr. Ramsey Archbishop of York assumed to be Archbishop of Canterbury the senior bridesmaid Princess Anne as the bride and groom take their places Princess Anne comes forward to take a bride's bouquet of white roses and dr. Ramsey begins the centuries-old words that will make them man and wife in the sight of God and this congregation will have this woman to thy wedded wife to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony wilt thou love her comfort her honor and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all other keep thee only unto her so long as ye both shall live I will catherine Lucey marry wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony wilt thou obey Him as serve him love honor and keep him in sickness and in health and forsaking all other keep thee only unto him so long as ye both shall live who giveth this woman to be married to this man with this ring I thee Wed with this ring I thee Wed with my pocket item fauna with my body ID honor and all my worldly goods quit the I shall and all my worldly goods with the I shall in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost amen in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost amen those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder after the public ceremony the solemn fighting of truth one to the other comes the private gathering in the vestry and for the rest of moment of pause with the unveiled face of a newly married bride the young Duchess walks on the arm of her husband to past her new relations past the mother-in-law who is now 1 for princess Marie and onwards to pay her homage to the Queen to whose family she now belong and this all their relatives and friends must be thinking whether they come from a palace or a quiet Yorkshire village this is how a bridegroom and his bride should look the wedding is over but as the Duke and Duchess leave under the cross swords of the Royal Scots Grey's the Dukes regiment for the thousands outside the big moment of the day is still to come their chance to see the young couple to cheer them and to wish them well the Magnificent 15-foot trainees had it carefully into the car which it almost seems to film everyone loves a wedding everyone loves a royal cell but in the cheers of the crowd there is something extra pride and affection for a Yorkshire lass and a lovely one at that for a girl who may be a duchess but whom they feel nonetheless to be one of themselves and this feeling grows stronger as she draws nearer to the family home because here she is not merely a Yorkshire lass but a huffingham lat young Miss Catherine from the hall who used to shop in their shops and walk in their field the bride comes home bringing her husband with her to preach and then take leave all their families and friends who are waiting with him to change from the finery of the great day into their going away clothes to drink a few toasts to smile a few smiles to say goodbye to be our mirror for their young attendance it's the other way round they were on their own for a few proud hours now the nannies have closed in again and if anyone wonders if everything has gone as it should let him look at the face of the bride you

Michael Martin

22 Responses

  1. I'm 54, and of course, Her Majesty looks simply lovely; but she always does! These are the first photos I've seen of Prince Charles so young!…I see so clearly the features of Prince William at Diana's funeral.

  2. It's interesting when your cousin is the Queen, at the end of the day she's still the center of attention at YOUR wedding. Complex…..

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