Because of the important role she played, the Queen insisted on including her beloved cousin in the wedding.
After her younger cousin played a crucial role in the “courtship process,” Queen Elizabeth II insisted on Princess Alexandra being a bridesmaid at her wedding to Prince Philip.
Because the young royal had “nearly been there” in the early months of their romance, Queen Elizabeth II requested that Princess Alexandra play a significant role in the bridal party for her wedding to Prince Philip. During the 1940s, Her Majesty and Prince Philip would spend time together at Coppins, Alexandra’s family home.
“Alexandra as a little child was fully aware of the courtship that was going on between Philip and Princess Elizabeth because a lot of that wooing really happened in Alexandra’s own garden,” Daisy McAndrew said in the Channel 5 documentary “Princess Alexandra: The Queen’s Confidante.”
“One of the reasons Elizabeth wanted little Alexandra to be one of the bridesmaids at the time was because she’d almost been there as part of the courtship process.”
The young naval officer was tasked with escorting the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth around the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met in 1939.
While he was fighting in World War II, they began exchanging letters and kept in touch.
Six of the Queen’s great-grandchildren have yet to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
After the war, Prince Philip and the then-Princess Elizabeth would meet on a regular basis at Coppins, Princess Alexandra’s family’s Buckinghamshire residence.
Because he was a cousin of both the Queen and Prince Philip, the young royal was used to spending time with them.
Through their dads, King George VI and Prince George, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and the Queen are first cousins. Princess Alexandra was the sixth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, two weeks after her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated.
Her father was King George V’s fourth son and Queen Mary of Teck’s fourth daughter, thus she and the Queen are both direct descendants of Queen Victoria.
Princess Alexandra was quickly picked as one of the eight bridesmaids when Prince Philip and the Queen announced their engagement in April 1947.
Princess Alexandra was only 11 years old when the royal wedding took place on November 20, 1947. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”