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Prince Edward marries Princess Alexandra – a Victorian Royal Wedding

Posted in Historical articles, History, London, Religion, Royalty on Saturday, 30 April 2011

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The sanctity of marriage is central to the social and moral fabric of all Christian countries, and though attitudes change, it is certainly true that despite varying statistical degrees of success, the institution remains one of the principal foundations of private life and a confident and healthy society.

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Prince Edward marries Princess Alexandra at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, by Clive Uptton

In the Catholic and Orthodox churches marriage is considered one of the Seven Sacraments, and in the Anglican Church it may perhaps be said that a Royal marriage has about it a special sacramental element in confirming and strengthening the relationship between Church and State, mirroring as it does, not only Christ’s being wedded to his Church, but on a more political level reflecting the future monarch’s solemn adherence to the Christian faith. So the marriages of future Kings and Queens of England are of considerable significance both in terms of dynasty and of religion. For these weddings are profound Christian rituals as well as splendid occasions for pageant and pomp, and at their heart enshrine and celebrate the enduring Christian traditions and beliefs of our ancient and also very modern  nation. Our picture shows the marriage of Edward, Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, to his beautiful Danish Princess, the future Queen Alexandra, the great great great grandparents of Prince William, now Duke of Cambridge.

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