We’ve found several hidden meanings in past royal events, like the subtle symbols at Prince Philip’s funeral. However, we never realized the special connection between Princess Anne’s first wedding date and Prince Charles…until now.
Let’s rewind to 1973, when Princess Anne tied the knot with her first husband, Mark Phillips, on November 14 at Westminster Abbey. Although the nuptials took place in November (just like her parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip), the date also held a special meaning for Prince Charles, as it was his 25th birthday.
We can only imagine the bittersweet feeling that accompanies serving as a groomsman on your own birthday. Still, the coincidence worked out in his favor because November 14 was later declared a Bank Holiday in the U.K. due to its royal significance, according to Hello! magazine.
Princess Anne and Phillips welcomed two children during their years-long marriage: Peter Phillips (43) and Zara Tindall (40). In 1989, they announced their separation.