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How Queen’s tiara ‘snapped’ in disaster just two hours before her Royal wedding

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It’s been 73 years since the Queen married Philip Mountbatten at a fairytale ceremony that delighted a nation.

The pair celebrated their anniversary by opening cards, including a homemade gift created by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Queen, 94, was a 21-year-old princess when she married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947.

Their enduring relationship has lasted the longest of any British sovereign.

Like any bride, Elizabeth spent months planning her dream wedding to the dashing prince.

The Monarch, who was known as Princess Elizabeth at the time, spent the four months between the engagement and the big day organising the guest list, menu and finding the perfect dress.

But you can’t control everything, and it has been reported that the Queen found herself facing a disaster only two hours before she was due to walk down the aisle.

According to The Mirror, the Queen had asked designer Norman Hartnell to make her dress – which was a fit and flare ivory silk gown, with a floral design.

It featured 10,000 white seed pearls, sparkling crystals and transparent appliqué tulle embroidery.

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She paired the dress with pearls and a diamond tiara to complete the ultimate Princess look.

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

But, The Queen’s worse nightmare became a reality when she was in her final preparations.

As she was getting ready, the fringe tiara is said to have 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.

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

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

The Queen Mother reportedly managed to calm her upset daughter, by reminding her: "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.

He came to the rescue and managed to fix it – although some claim the tiara looks a tad wonky if you look at pictures.

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