Princess Anne Married Mark Phillips 47 Years Ago Today (in Her Mom the Queen’s Wedding Tiara!)

PA Images via Getty Princess Anne and Mark Phillips on their wedding day on Nov 14, 1973

Princess Anne married Mark Phillips on this day, 47 years ago.

On November 14, 1973, Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter married Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the Army during a lavish wedding ceremony watched around the world.

As the first of the Queen and Prince Philip’s four children to marry, there was much fanfare around the day, which saw crowds line the streets around Westminster Abbey and was watched by an estimated 500 million people.

Wearing a high-necked Tudor-style dress with trumpet sleeves and a seven-foot train, the royal bride accessorized with a tiara of sentimental value – it was the exact same one worn by her mother on her own wedding day back in 1947. The Queen Mary Fringe tiara made in 1919 was once again worn by Anne’s niece Princess Beatrice for her recent July nuptials.

PA Images via Getty Princess Anne on her wedding day

Popperfoto/Getty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding

With her brother Prince Edward as pageboy and cousin Lady Sarah-Armstrong Jones (daughter to Princess Margaret) by her side, the service and balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace was covered during an eight-hour BBC broadcast and the day was declared a national holiday.

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The couple met at a horse-riding event in Mexico City in 1968 and their engagement was announced in May 1973. Following the official photocall in May when Anne showed off her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, the royal fiancée was asked if marriage could withstand the pressure of public duty, to which she famously quipped: “Can? It’s got to, hasn’t it?”

They went on to have two children, Peter, born in 1977 and Zara, in 1981 and settled at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, a Grade-II listed manor house set in 730 acres of parkland that was gifted to her by the Queen and where she still lives today.

Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Princess Anne with her children, Peter and Zara

Amid reports of an affair with her personal bodyguard Sergeant Peter Cross and the discovery of love letters from naval officer Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence (the Queen’s former equerry), the couple divorced in April 1992, becoming the second royal couple to do so during the 20th century (the first was Margaret and Lord Snowdon). It later emerged that Phillips had also fathered a daughter during their almost 20-year marriage.

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Shutterstock Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence at their wedding in December 1992

In December 1992, Anne married Laurence, while Phillips married Hawaii-born U.S Olympic equestrian Sandy Pflueger in 1997, with whom he had a third daughter.

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Barrington Stage Company Awarded Over $1 Million Dollar Gift In Memory of Mary Anne Gross

The Gross Family gift will support payroll and basic operating costs for the next six months.

Barrington Stage Company Awarded Over $1 Million Dollar Gift In Memory of Mary Anne Gross

Barrington Stage Company has announced that a generous gift of just over $1 million dollars has been made to the company by the family of the late Mary Anne Gross in recognition of her lifelong love of theatre and the Berkshires. This award also recognizes the heroic and tireless efforts of Barrington Stage Company in producing the first live Equity theatre in the United States in summer 2020, following the shutdown of live performing arts due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The Gross Family will also award $1 million to Pittsfield’s Berkshire Theatre Group.

The Gross Family gift will support payroll and basic operating costs for the next six months in order to ensure that there are no furloughs or layoffs while the theatres continue to raise funds in support of future artistic programming. A portion of the gift is structured as a matching grant to leverage additional donations for 2021.”The idea,” said Phill Gross, “is to keep theatre infrastructures in place so that when the world is ready, they are ready to get back to as close to normal operations as soon as possible. The arts have been impacted dramatically by social distancing and crowd restrictions and they are so very, very important to the fabric of our lives and the livelihood of the artists themselves. For sure, we will need them more than ever when we come out the other side of this.” Mr. Gross is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Adage Capital Management.Barrington Stage Company’s production of Harry Clarke, by David Cale, starring Mark H. Dold and directed by BSC’s Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, was scheduled to open the theatre’s mainstage season as the first indoor production in the United States to receive approval from Actors’ Equity Association following the onset of the pandemic. At the end of July, Massachusetts delayed the state’s reopening plan, which included indoor theatres. In less than a week, Harry Clarke was moved to an outdoor and opened to rave reviews. The production played from August 5-19, 2020.
The Gross Family gift was initiated by Mary Chris and Alan Bassman, who were seeking a way to honor the passing of Mary’s mother in December 2019.”We wanted to do something that could make a difference in the community and that would be a wonderful and fitting tribute to our mother’s memory,” said Mrs. Bassman. “My mom loved the theater and by exposing me to it at a young age, fostered my love for the performing arts. My brother, Phill and his wife Liz have been involved with many non-profits and offered to help with a charitable endeavor that would be meaningful to all of us.”Mr. Bassman added, “Mary Chris and I have been coming to the Berkshires for 15 years. Two years ago, we bought a condo in Pittsfield, moving here full time in June. We saw the outdoor performances of

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