While climbing out of bed at an ungodly hour, brewing up a pot of coffee, and gluing oneself to a TV—or any other screen you can manage—to witness all the lavish pomp and circumstance that surrounds a royal wedding may seem like a relatively new pastime, the truth is that we’ve been doing it for years. Case in point: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding.
Though Elizabeth and Philip didn’t have dozens of television networks broadcasting their every step down the aisle, their nuptials did manage to attract more than 200 million earlobes, who listened in on the event via BBC Radio. Shortly thereafter, newsreel footage of the soon-to-be Queen’s big day made its way into movie theaters around the world. Now, thanks to the power of the internet, we can go back in time and tune in, too.
British Pathé has made a handful of videos from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's wedding, which took place on November 20, 1947, available for streaming on YouTube.
If you want to go back even further in time, The Royal Family’s YouTube channel includes footage of the 1923 wedding of Elizabeth’s parents, The Duke of York (later King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother), which also took place at Westminster Abbey.