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Old Wedding Photos of 1947

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

C20th Fashion History 1947 Wedding Photos
Late 1940s Post WWII Wedding Group and a Bridal Couple 1947

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Bridal Party Leaving the Church

This 1947 photo shoes the Bridal Party leaving the Church. This wedding took place in South Wales UK.  1947 was the year that the young Princes Elizabeth, later Her Majesty the Queen, married Prince Philip.  You can read more about the Queen's wedding dress here.

Late 1940s Post WWII Wedding Group and a Bridal Couple 1947

This wedding was a large family wedding and all the bridesmaids are nieces or fully grown sisters of the groom or the bride.  All the bridal party, apart from the groom, wear clothes made from satin.  The bridesmaids dresses are of different styles, therefore it is possible they were reused from different earlier weddings.  If you examine the pictures you can distinguish four pairs of matching bridesmaids.

1947 Wedding of John and Violet Reed 1947 Sylvia the bridesmaid

John and Violet pose for the traditional wedding shot of new husband possessively holding his wife. His body language speaks volumes. In the wedding photo beside them is Sylvia, John's adult married sister.  Sylvia was married at 17 in 1942 here.

Late 1940s Wedding Group with Bride and Bridesmaids 1947

Late 1940s Post WWII Wedding Group and Bride and Groom 1947

In this picture the lady almost far left, wearing a hat with a large white flower is Connie, who was married to Jim in 1945.  Her wedding is featured on the 1945 page.  The 7 year old bridesmaid next to the groom is Pat who married in 1965 - her 1960s wedding is here.  The young teen girl stood just behind Pat, is Gloria, whose 1956 wedding is shown on the same page as that of Princess Grace.

1947 Facts and Events

  • British pledge to leave India by June 1948.

  • Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh married Princess Elizabeth on November 20 1947. Her dress is more a ceremonial celebration gown than a wedding dress.

  • There are protests over Christian Dior's longer length fuller skirted gowns.  Harold Wilson thought them wasteful, however the press coined the name 'New Look'.  Women go on to ignore the comments and the New Look becomes a 15 year fashion trend!

  • Aluminium foil becomes available for use in the kitchen.

  • Pakistan separates from India.

  • First Transistor invented.

  • A mystery begins - Roswell UFO event.

  • Public relations disaster for Britain as it becomes embroiled in the Exodus ship incident at Palestine in 1947.

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