A younger Queen Elizabeth will make her small screen debut on Netflix

By Diana Pearl
Updated August 19, 2015 05:00 PM
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Queen Elizabeth may be relaxing at Balmoral and gearing up to celebrate surpassing Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest serving monarch this fall, but elsewhere in the United Kingdom, it’s one of her past milestones that’s gathering attention.

The cast of the upcoming Netflix series The Crown, which follows Queen Elizabeth’s early years, stepped out in full 1940s garb to recreate the then-Princess Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

Claire Foy, who plays the young monarch in the series, wore a near-exact replica of the Queen’s Norman Hartwell crystal-and-pearl-embellished wedding gown, while the “bridesmaids” (who, in real life, included her sister Princess Margaret and cousin Princess Alexandra of Kent) and “page boys” wore ’40s style white dresses and ruffled shirts with kilts, respectively.

Mock newspaper photographers (rocking ’40s fashions) lined the streets leading up to Ely Cathedral, which is acting as the world famous Westminster Abbey in the series. A replica of the Queen’s Irish State Coach, which transported her to the ceremony, was created for the show, too.

The Queen was just 21 years old when she married Prince Philip in front of 2,000 in-person guests and millions by broadcast. The two met for the first time 13 years before their wedding, in 1934, at the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

Less than five years after Elizabeth and Philip wed, she inherited the throne after her father, King George VI’s death in early 1952.

Foy is joined by Doctor Who star Matt Smith, who plays the groom, Prince Philip, in the series, while John Lithgow plays Prime Minister Winston Churchill (who was also a wedding guest!)

Queen Elizabeth’s Changing Looks

The Queen is just the latest famous British royal that Foy has portrayed on screen. Earlier this year, she appeared as Anne Boelyn, wife number two of Henry VIII, in Wolf Hall.

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