The Queen’s father said he “lost something precious” the day she was married 68



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What did your father say to you on your wedding day? Did he give any hint of how he was feeling?

To celebrate the recent wedding anniversary of Prince Philip and the Queen, Her Majesty’s office has released a short, sweet letter written by the Queen’s father, King George VI, 68 years ago, not long after his daughter’s wedding.

He writes:

I was so proud and thrilled at having you so close to me on our long walk in Westminster Abbey,” the emotional letter begins. “But when I handed your hand to the Archbishop, I felt I had lost something very precious.

You were so calm and composed during the service and said your words with such conviction, that I knew everything was all right.

I have watched you grow up all those years with pride under the skilful direction of Mummy…who, as you know, is the most marvellous person in the world in my eyes, and I can, I know, always count you, and now Philip, to help us in our work.

Your leaving us has left a great blank in our lives, but do remember that your old home is still yours…and do come back to it as much and as often as possible.

I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip, which is right, but don’t forget us is the wish of your ever loving and devoted…Papa.

The Queen was incredibly close with her father and no doubt this is one of her most precious possessions.

King George passed away suddenly while young Elizabeth was on tour in Kenya with her husband in 1952.


What did your parents say to you on your wedding day? And what words of advice or love did you have for your own children as they walked down the aisle? 

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  1. How wonderful, glad the Queen decided to share this. An amazing insight into the love her father had for her.

  2. Very touching letter from devoted father, showing his undying love for his daughter. Thank you to her royal magesty for sharing this keepsake

  3. My darling dad said ‘it’s not too late to back out’ and he looked so
    Miserable the whole time I still can’t look at pics and not get sad.

    1 REPLY
    • My Dad said the same thing to me on the way to the church. Wish I had listened to him and run a mile. Second time round made the right choice but too late for my Dad to know him.

  4. My dad died when I was 13 Mum was in Sri Lanka my in- laws were in NSW and could not afford to come to the wedding as we were in WA so there was no one to give us words of advice.

  5. Beautiful letter. My parents were angry I got married. At my wedding reception he said to our best man and I quote, ‘ there is no good in this for us.’ I married later than a lot of girls my age and I think that they thought I would be the spinster daughter that looked after them in their old age.

    6 REPLY
    • Parents have different types of love regardless how selfish they may be, they can’t see past their own needs sometimes, such is possessive love, mine were a bit like that.

    • I don’t think it’s possessive love I think it’s NO ONE is good enough for their daughter. I think they have pre conceived ideas of who their daughter’s will marry & when they don’t come up to scratch, they object to them. My parents objected at first but soon realised I had the best of husbands & miss him so much after 59 years.

    • Some people are just not happy with life or he wasn’t good at reading his daughter, whatever Glad your with love of your life, look after each other.

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