Queen and Prince Philip forced to retake wedding photos after awkward blunder

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On November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey to meet her handsome fiancé, Philip Mountbatten, a prince of Greece and Denmark.

The couple said their vows in front of the rest of the royal family, politicians and word leaders, before heading out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony to wave to the thousands of well-wishers gathered on the streets.

As is tradition in the royal family, the couple released a series of their official wedding snaps for fans to enjoy, and they're part of the history books.

However the majority of the pictures we see weren't actually taken on the day itself, because a rather awkward error on that November day meant they all had to be reshot.

The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, before the flowers went missing
(Image: PA)

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Philip's friend Sterling Henry Nahum – better known as Baron – was tasked with taking the official photos, and made sure he was fully prepapred.

In the lead up to the celebration, he used stand-ins to pose in the positions he was planning to ask the royal bride and groom to stand in to see how the pictures looked.

His partner Derrig Gibb and secretary Dinah Blaber were tasked with the job, and spent a lot of time standing for the talented photographer.

The flowers were nowhere to be scene
(Image: ITV)

Oh dear…
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Speaking to the Mirror in 1981, Gibbs said: "Baron had to get the lighting right.

"So – I went to Moss Bros, and hired a naval uniform and a wedding dress."

However, when they looked back at the pictures there was an issue – she didn't have her bouquet.

During the excitement of the celebrations, someone misplaced the bride's beautiful flowers, which meant she didn't have them when it came to taking the photos.

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The Queen and Prince Philip retook the photos during their honeymoon
(Image: ITV)

The honour of making the Queen's bouquet went to Longmans florist in London, and the family were clearly impressed as lots of other royal brides, including Princess Diana, have since requested their services.

David Longman, who was head of the company at the time, explained what happened with the Queen's missing flowers during ITV documentary Invitation to the Royal Wedding.

He said: "If we go back to the Queen's wedding in 1947, when you look at the state photographs of all the bridesmaids and the royal guests, and there is the Queen without a bouque. It got lost.

"So in the middle of their honeymoon they had to get dressed up again in their wedding clothes and my father had to provide another bouquet for those photos.

To ensure this mistake never happens again every royal bride now has two bouquets, just in case someone accidentally puts it down and forgets about it."

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