Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Kent, who got married on this day in 1961 at York Cathedral. The wedding between the Queen’s cousin and the daughter of a Baronet attracted a lot of public interest, especially from Yorkshire, for their native bride and the first Royal Wedding at York Minister since 1315. The couple have three children and supported the Queen for many years before she retired from Royal Duties in 2002. The Duke still continues with his duties. The couple reside at Kensington Palace. Take a look at scenes from their wedding below-
The bride walked up the aisle on the arm of her father Sir William Worsley.
The ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of York. The Best Man was his brother, Prince Michael of Kent, while Princess Anne was among the bridesmaids.
After the ceremony, the groom bowed while bride curtsied to the Queen and members of foreign royal families.
Among those guests were Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain, Queen Helen of Romania, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, King Constantine of Greece, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, King Harald of Norway, Princess Paul of Yugoslavia, Princess Alice Countess of Athlone, Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Lady Patricia Ramsay, and Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The Duke of Kent wore his regimental (Royal Scots Greys) Uniform with the Sash of the Royal Victorian Order and his medals. The new Duchess of Kent wore a John Cavanagh white silk gauze gown with a 15 foot double train and Queen Mary’s Crochet Bandeau (which later became her Pearl and Diamond Fringe Tiara).
After the ceremony, the couple rode through the streets of York, towards Hovingham Hall, her family’s seat, for the reception.