Factbox: Major British royal weddings since 1923
(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...