13 Most Dramatic Royal Wedding Moments Ever
It is no secret that weddings are often stressful and, when it comes to royal weddings, there is more pressure than ever to put on a perfect event. Of course, no matter how much money and help you have at your disposal, there are always surprises and, over the years, members of royalty around the world have had some pretty dramatic moments when it came to their weddings. From shocking scandals to family feuds, throughout history almost every royal wedding has been at least a little dramatic, so here are 13 of the most dramatic and controversial royal wedding moments over the years:
13. Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson
Back in 1937, Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor, caused quite the stir when he insisted on marrying an American socialite and divorcee, Wallis Simpson. In early 1938, Edward became the King, but only months into his reign he threw the monarchy into chaos when he decided to marry Simpson who was deemed unacceptable as a prospective Queen consort. In the end, Edward chose love over his title and abdicated the throne which meant his younger brother George VI became King. Following his abdication, he married Simpson on June 3, 1937, and because of the drama he created in Britain, the ceremony was held in France and no members of Edward’s immediate family, who were the British royal family of the time, attended. Despite the scandal, Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson remained married until Edward’s death in 1972.
12. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
If anyone thinks that Queen Elizabeth II was upset by the drama surrounding the most recent royal wedding between her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it may have reminded her of the drama she went through! Over 70 years ago, she was still Princess Elizabeth and chose to marry Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, but upon announcing their engagement, many eyebrows were raised. Many were incredulous that Elizabeth had chosen someone who was foreign-born as her husband, but what caused the most controversy was his family’s ties to the Nazis. Philip’s sisters had married German nobleman with ties to the Nazi party, and early reports indicate that Elizabeth’s mother did not initially approve of the marriage. British biographer Marion Crawford wrote, “Some of the King’s advisors did not think him good enough for her. He was a prince without a home or kingdom. Some of the papers played long and loud tunes on the string of Philip’s foreign origin.” Through the controversy and drama playing out around them, Prince Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles and adopted the last name of his mother’s British family, and the two were married on November 20, 1947.