Queen’s disaster two hours before wedding – but simple sentence calmed her down

Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten after their wedding 1947 (Image: Mirrorpix)

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Like any bride, the Queen spent months planning her dream wedding to Prince Philip.

The Monarch, who was Princess Elizabeth at the time, spent the four months between her engagement and the day she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey organising every tiny detail – including the guestlist, the food and of course finding the perfect dress.

But however much planning goes into weddings, there are some things you simply can't control – and the bride found herself facing disaster just two hours before the celebrations were due to begin.

The Queen asked designer Norman Hartnell to make her dress, opting for a fit and flare ivory silk gown with a floral design, featuring 10,000 white seed pearls, silver thread, sparkling crystals and transparent appliqué tulle embroidery.

The Queen and Prince Philip's official wedding photos show off the stunning tiara
(Image: Corbis via Getty Images)

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Attached at the shoulders was a magnificent 13-foot embroidered silk tulle full court train.

But like any royal bride, she also got to wear a tiara – and her wedding day piece is still one of many people's favourites.

Reworn by Princesses Anne and Beatrice on their weddings, Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara is made from 47 diamond bars divided by metal spikes.

The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara is absolutely stunning

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However the piece caused a lot of drama on the Queen's big day, when it snapped as she was getting her hair done.

She told the Duchess of Cambridge the story when the royal duo went to see an exhibition on Kate's wedding dress in 2011.

She said: "The catch, which I didn't know existed, it suddenly went.

"And I didn’t know it was a necklace, you see. I thought I'd broken it.

The Queen worn it several times since, and lent it to her daughter Princess Anne and granddaughter, Princess Beatrice

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"We stuck it all together again, but I was rather alarmed."

Just two hours before the wedding was due to start, the tiara snapped in half as the hairdresser was fixing Elizabeth's veil.

The Queen Mother managed to remain calm and reportedly reminded her upset daughter "there are still two hours and there are other tiaras."

And luckily, this wasn't any ordinary wedding, and the royal family's jeweller was on standby just in case anything went wrong.

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He came to the rescue, rushing the broken piece to their workshop to see if he could repair it in time – with a police escort.

And he managed it.

The team frantically welded the piece back together and got back to the bride just in time for her to have it placed on her head.

Some people claim that you can see the tiara looks slightly wonky in some of the pictures from the day, but we think it looked perfect.

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