How Royal Weddings Were Changed by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Planning a wedding often means finding a balance between modern and traditional, especially when it comes to etiquette.

The first modern Royal Wedding to captivate the world — decades before William and Kate’s — took place 70 years ago this Monday, when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married with unprecedented fanfare in Westminster Abbey.

Back then they were then still Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, but the wedding of the King of England’s elder daughter was unlike any that people had experienced before — in part because it was the first of its kind to be broadcast live. Two hundred million people around the world listened to the proceedings from their homes, while half a million more took to the streets in London to catch a glimpse of the procession. And the wedding itself had 2,000 guests, over ten of whom were themselves kings and queens.

Though the wedding wasn’t the first influential royal ceremony, the event took that influence into the 20th century, as shown by the clip above, from the PeopleTV special Elizabeth and Philip: A Royal Romance–The Real Life Story Behind ‘The Crown,’ premiering Friday. And as viewers of the Netflix series The Crown already know, that effect wasn’t limited to the wedding itself.

Planning a wedding is a task with which most Brides have little to no previous experience.