A Very Royal Wedding celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip’s
marriage in November 1947. Presenter Alexander Armstrong discovers how a battered post-
war Britain pulled off the wedding of the century against the odds.
The image of the British Royal family is most popularly encapsulated around the world in the powerful images of Royal weddings now punctuated on a continuous basis by gossip and scandal. Just how much of what we hear is true and how difficult is it to live under the constant scrutiny of the press?
It's London in the late autumn of 1947. The capital is black from the smoke of coal fires and the buildings still show the raw scars of wartime bombing. Clothes are still rationed and so is fuel. But something astonishing is happening in the heart of the city.
Anna is inspired by an Italian lamb dish served at the wedding of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter. Food historian Dr Annie Gray meets Fiona Cairns, the baker who created the official wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The programme unearths a recipe that has been hidden in the...