The Queen is so thrifty she used coupons to buy her wedding dress when she married Prince Philip

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WHEN the Queen and Prince Philip married over 70 years ago, even members of the royal family couldn’t escape the post-wartime rationing.

Which is why Her Maj ended up paying for her wedding gown with coupons.

The Queen paid for her wedding dress with coupons
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The pair married on November 20, 1947, just two years after World War II ended, when rationing was still in place throughout Britain.

According to Market Watch, just like any other person in the UK, the Queen had to save up her coupons to purchase the materials needed to make her gown.

She did however receive a gift of 200 extra coupons, but it was still a thrifty move from the monarch – who has an estimated net worth of £425 million.

Despite the extreme couponing, the dress was still extravagant in design, made from ivory silk and featuring a 13-foot train.

Rationing was still in place when the Queen and Prince Philip were married
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The couple tied the knot on November 20 1947
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It was also adorned in crystals as well as 10,000 seed pearls imported from the US.

The pair married at Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests.

The Queen had eight bridesmaids: Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten, The Hon. Margaret Elpinstone, Lady Elizabeth Lambart and Diana Bowes-Lyon.

The couple were married in front of 2,000 guests
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Meanwhile, it’s reported that Kate Middleton’s dress is estimated to have cost £250,000.

British designer Sarah Burton designed Kate’s iconic dress, which consisted of an ivory satin bodice with lace applique, incorporating a floral pattern, and long lace sleeves.

The back of the dress had 58 buttons and in total the skirt, underskirt and bridal train measured a staggering 8ft8ins long.

Workers from The Royal School of Needlework worked on the dress and it was reported they were initially told it was for a TV costume drama.

The dressmaker and designs were kept secret until the day of the wedding, and only when the Duchess stepped out of the car was the designer revealed.

Meghan Markle meanwhile wore a stunning bespoke gown by Givenchy, created by British designer Clare Waight Keller.

The veil was 15ft (five metres) long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.

Meghan’s veil was thought to be a tribute to the Queen
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The veil was thought to be a tribute to the Queen who wore her own flower-embroidered veil with a long train at her wedding.

An exact cost of Meghan’s dress has not been revealed, but royal expert Kate Nicholl said prior to the wedding that Meghan was likely to go for something with a much more modest price tag.

Kate explained to Entertainment Tonight: “I don’t think she’s going to want to get royal life off to a start where she’s criticised for spending something like £400,000 on a wedding dress.”


In other royal news, we told you royal fans claim Prince William looked ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unhappy’ at Archie’s christening.

We also revealed Prince Harry is ‘fiercely protective’ of Archie and will ‘protect him from the glare of public opinion’, claims royal insider.

And we showed you Kate Middleton looks ‘ready to flee’ in Archie’s christening photo after ‘Fab Four’ row, body language expert claims.

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