Queen’s wedding was ‘chaotic’ as pearls went missing before marrying Philip

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The Queen married Prince Philip 13 years after first meeting at another wedding, but the big day had its own chaos.

When she was preparing to tie the knot with the Duke of Edinburgh, her bouquet and pearls were missing, causing a frantic search.

Lady Pamela Hicks, long life friend of Her Majesty, was one of her bridesmaids.

The now 92-year-old's daughter, India, followed in her footsteps and featured as a bridesmaid at Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles years later.

Lady Pamela was there when the Queen fell in love with Philip, after they met in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to Prince George, Duke of Kent.

They announced their engagement officially on July 9, 1947, and tied the knot only four months later on November 20 at Westminster Abbey.

Lady Pamela said her friend fell in love immediately, while Philip's feelings took time to develop.

She said: "She was very much in love. He grew very much in love."

As much as their relationship was a perfect love story, there was chaos on the big day as her bouquet couldn't be found, Lady Pamela says.

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Her pearls were also missing until someone remembered at the last moment that they had been displayed with the wedding gifts.

Therefore, just in the nick of time, the pair were able to wed inside the Abbey – with the Queen being the 10th member of the Royal Family doing so at the time.

The pearls, two necklaces, were made up of one called the 'Queen Anne' necklace, believed to have belonged to Anne, the last Stuart Queen, and another known as 'Queen Caroline', said to have belonged to King George II's wife.

She had eight bridesmaids at the event, including HRH Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Mary Cambridge, Diana Bowes-Lyon, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Hon. Margaret Elpinstone and the then Hon. Pamela Mountbatten.

More than 2000 people were invited as guests to the ceremony, including foreign royals like the King of Iraq, a Prince from the Netherlands and a Princess from Luxembourg.

BBC Radio broadcast the event and it was heard by 200 million people across the world.

Lady Pamela and her daughter India have taken part in an illuminating documentary that gives insight into the Queen and her life over the years.

The documentary, My Years With The Queen is available on ITV hub

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