Factbox: Major British royal weddings since 1923

Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:47pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Thousands of Britons are planning to get out the bunting, balloons and fold-up tables to celebrate the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Here are some details on some of the major British royal weddings in the last 80 years:

* WEDDINGS BEFORE WORLD WAR TWO:

1923 -- Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) in Westminster Abbey in April.

1937 -- King Edward VIII, formerly the Prince of Wales, formally abdicated from the British throne on December 11, 1936, in order to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite. Edward's younger brother became King George VI.

-- In June 1937 Edward and Wallis Simpson married in the

secluded Chateau de Cande in the Loire Valley in France.

* AFTER 1945:

1947 -- Westminster Abbey was the scene of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on November 20. They first met at the wedding of Prince Philip's cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to The Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of Princess Elizabeth, in 1934.   Continued...

 
<p>Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, showing her wedding gown for the first time, turns as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles in London, July 29, 1981. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon</p>