The Queen was at Buckingham Palace to supervise her daughter Princess Anne being fitted for a bridesmaid dress for her sister Princess Margaret’s wedding to Antony Armstrong Jones. The Queen asked a hilariously relatable question when attending a bridesmaid dress fitting for her daughter, Princess Anne.
At the age of eight, Princess Anne was a bridesmaid for her aunt Princess Margaret’s wedding in 1960, and designer David Sassoon was tasked with going to Buckingham Palace to do a fitting. David opened up about his experience working alongside the royals on Channel 5’s Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers, where he shared the Queen’s very down-to-earth worry.
He said: “It was very exciting for me because I had only recently come out of college from the Royal College of Art, and suddenly I was going to Buckingham Palace to fit a dress on the Royal Princess. “Designers were tradesmen so we went to the trade entrance where we were met by a page.
“We went up to the royal apartment. Nanny put Princess Anne into the bridesmaid dress and then out of the blue the Queen appeared.
“I went backwards to make a bow and walked into this corgi bowl full of water which upset all over my shoes.”The Queen pulled a cord by the side of the fireplace and a page appeared and wiped my shoes.”
Later during the visit, when the Queen was looking at the dress, she asked a hilariously relatable question. David explains: “The Queen looked at bridesmaid dress and said ‘will it wash’. She was very concerned that it would wash.” This is a concern any mother would have at the thought of a beautiful bridesmaid gown being covered in food, dirt and who knows what else.
And when it came to the Queen’s own wedding day, a wardrobe malfunction threatened to ruin it. The Monarch, who was Princess Elizabeth at the time, and Prince Philip announced their engagement on July 9, 1947, and tied the knot four months later in November at Westminster Abbey.
But just two hours before the ceremony was due, disaster struck. Her tiara snapped in half as the hairdresser was fixing it to her veil, which almost prevented her from wearing it at all. She told the Duchess of Cambridge the story when the royal duo went to see an exhibition on Kate’s wedding dress in 2011.
She said: “The catch, which I didn’t know existed, it suddenly went. “And I didn’t know it was a necklace, you see. I thought I’d broken it. “We stuck it all together again, but I was rather alarmed.” And it was down to the Queen Mother’s words that she kept her cool.
She reportedly reminded the upset bride “there are still two hours and there are other tiaras.” Luckily, since this was unlike any ordinary wedding, Princess Elizabeth had a jeweller on standby just in case something went wrong.