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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Proposal (marriage)

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl signified a proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

In 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland made a ruling that on Leap Year Day a woman could propose marriage to the man of her choice. She also stated that any man who refused a proposal on leap year must pay a fine or buy the woman 12 pairs of gloves.

The use of the name Great Britain was officially used for the first time 1474 when a marriage proposal between Edward IV of England's daughter, Cecily, and James IV of Scotland was written.

A woodcut depicting a "one-knee proposal", Germany, 1815
As a monarch, Queen Victoria had to propose to Prince Albert.

In 1936 Miss Daphne Kearley became the first British flight attendant, working on Air Dispatch’s luxury service between Croydon, England and Le Bourget in France. She received 299 proposals of marriage in her first ten months in the job.

220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.

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