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Posted at 9:41 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Prince William engagement: Which other royals married at Westminster Abbey?

By Liz Kelly

Then Princess Elizabeth and Philip of Greece marry at Westminster in 1947. (AP)

On Tuesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their intention to marry at Britain's Westminster Abbey on April 29. The couple shared news of their engagement just last week, with William giving Kate his mother's sapphire engagement ring.

Of course, this won't be Westminster's first royal wedding. Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth herself married Prince Philip of Greece at the church on Nov. 20, 1947. And Elizabeth's parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (then the Duke and Duchess of York) married at Westminster in 1923. Prince Andrew -- Elizabeth's second son -- married Sarah Ferguson there in 1986 (though the couple divorced a decade later). Andrew's sister, Princess Anne, also walked the Westminster aisle in 1973 only to divorce in 1992.

King Henry I seems to have been the first royal to hold his nuptials at Westminster. He married Princess Matilda of Scotland there on Nov. 11, 1100 after a council of bishops determined that Matilda was not, as suspected, a nun but had only lived in a convent to protect herself "from the lust of the Normans." King Henry I is also noted for holding the record for acknowledging more than 20 illegitimate children, which surely would have made him the talk of his age's tabloid press. Sadly, the printing press did not arrive in Europe until around the year 1440.

William's parents, Prince Charles and the then Lady Diana Spencer married on July 29, 1981 at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.

Sources: Westminster Abbey, Wikipedia

By Liz Kelly  | November 23, 2010; 9:41 AM ET
Categories:  Royals  | Tags:  Kate Middleton, Prince William  
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Comments

"My, you ought to seen old Henry the Eight when he was in bloom. He WAS a blossom. He used to marry a new wife every day, and chop off her head next morning. And he would do it just as indifferent as if he was ordering up eggs. 'Fetch up Nell Gwynn,' he says. They fetch her up. Next morning, 'Chop off her head!' And they chop it off. 'Fetch up Jane Shore,' he says; and up she comes, Next morning, 'Chop off her head' – and they chop it off. 'Ring up Fair Rosamun.' Fair Rosamun answers the bell. Next morning, 'Chop off her head.' And he made every one of them tell him a tale every night; and he kept that up till he had hogged a thousand and one tales that way, and then he put them all in a book, and called it Domesday Book – which was a good name and stated the case."

--Mark Twain "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | November 23, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I has been quite a while since I visited Westminster Abbey, but I believe that is where their Tomb of the Unknown is located.

Posted by: JLRGG | November 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Sas, you're taking me back to high school. Good times.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | November 23, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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