Royal wedding: A 3D view of the historic church where royals marry

Although the home to coronations since 1066, Westminster Abbey has not always served as the venue of choice for royal weddings.

When Princess Patricia of Connaught chose the Abbey to marry Commander Alexander Ramsay in 1919, it was the first royal wedding in the iconic church since the marriage of King Richard II in 1382.

The 20th Century saw the Abbey come back into fashion for royal nuptials having hosted nine ceremonies.

William and Kate have decided to celebrate their special day at Westminster given its beauty, history, and intimacy. "Even at the altar, it seems like a parish church," explained Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, William's private secretary.


During a royal wedding, the royal family traditionally sit on the right-hand side of the church, with the guests of the bridegroom, if he is not a member of the royal ramily, on the left 

When Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Patricia of Connaught married Commander Alexander Ramsay on February 27, 1919, it was the first royal wedding to be celebrated in the Abbey in 537 years 

Princess Mary, daughter of King George V, married Viscount Lascelles on Februaray 28, 1922. Acting as one of the bridesmaids was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the future Queen Mother 

On April 26, 1923, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert who later became King George VI 

Prince George, Duke of Kent, married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark on November 29, 1934.  During the war in 1942 the Duke was killed in an air crash 

On November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. Sixty years later the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh gave thanks at the Abbey for their long and happy marriage 

The Queen's sister Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones on May 6, 1960 

Three years later on April 24, 1963, Princess Alexandra of Kent wed Angus Ogilvy 

On November 14, 1973 The Queen's daughter Princess Anne married Mark Phillips 

The last royal wedding that took place in Westminster Abbey was on July 23, 1986 when Prince Andrew wed Sarah Ferguson 

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