After seeing Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s characters in the movie Wedding Crashers, who eat, drink and try to hook up with women at the weddings they crash, I don’t think I’d be too happy about catching someone crashing my wedding. Unless of course, the wedding crashers were Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. That’s exactly who crashed the wedding of John and Frances Canning.
The couple knew the queen would be visiting the Manchester Town Hall the day of their wedding there. So John wrote to Buckingham Palace to invite the monarch but his invitation was declined. Or so he thought. Secretly, arrangements were being made for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to stop by. I can’t even imagine the look of surprise that John and Frances had when they saw the queen. The queen wished them well and even posed for photos with the newlyweds. Now those are wedding crashers everyone would welcome.