Anne was the first of the royal children to get married, and if she could have her own way, she would have settled for a small and intimate ceremony embraced by the ones she loved. However, her role obliged her to do otherwise.
It was a massive event watched by millions from all over the world. Anne did give her own personal touch by having her dress designed by a regular dressmaker and the cake made by the British army’s caterer.
Strike a Pose
In September 1971, the royal princess was on the lavishing cover of British Vogue. This was followed by two other appearances, one in May 1973 and one in November 1973, following her engagement.
Anne was the first royal ever to be seen on a fashion magazine cover, however, she was not the last. The late Lady Diana was on three British covers and one US Vogue cover, and the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, was on the June 2016 edition.
Wedding Number One
When Anne was 25 years old, she married her first true love, Captain Mark Phillips. Mark had a successful military career which was expected for royals to go after. The wedding took place on her brother's, King Charles, birthday.
Princess Anne signed the wedding certificate under the name Anne Mountbatten-Windsor, making this the first royal document to be signed under that name. Her wedding day was glamorous, however, it wasn't exactly what she wanted.
A Piece of History
The tiara Princess Anne wore on her wedding day was symbolic and was chosen with great thought. It was the same tiara her late mother, Queen Elizabeth, wore at her wedding. The Queen Mary Fringe Tiara is timeless.
Princess Beatrice, the niece of Princess Anne, wore the tiara too. It is estimated to be worth almost nine million dollars, making it one of the most expensive tiaras in the royal collection.
Life Before Mark
Just before Captain Mark Phillips came into the picture, Anne dated Andrew Parker Bowles for a while. This was in 1970, and by 1973 Parker Bowles was already married to Camilla, who would eventually become King Charles's queen.
It is thought that the relationship between Anne and Andrew never escalated due to the fact that Andrew was a Catholic and could not marry a member of the royal family and of the church of England.