Sunday, February 7, 2010

Another Missing Bridal Bouquet

Another very well dressed out royal wedding party. Nothing like having the bridesmaids really coordinate! Interestingly enough there was no worry given to the fact that the bridesmaids wearing veils wouldn't set the bride apart. However, the bridal gown here is floor-lenght, and the train is visibly very long, so, there is the difference... so much for bride's maids not being allowed to wear white. This is the wedding of Princess Mary (daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, formerly Princess May of Teck) and Viscount Lascelles, later titled the Earl of Harewood. This wedding took place on February 28th, 1922. Interestingly enough, here is another royal bride without her bridal bouquet... so, what happened to it? Like the Duchess of York (The Queen Mother) and Princess Elizabeth (QE II), Princess Mary's bouquet is absent from the portrait taken in the throne room at Buckingham Palace. I would think that possibly it was left at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, but, from what I have read, that tradition wasn't started until a year later in 1923, when the Duchess of York (Queen Mother) left her bouquet at the tomb in memory of her brother who died in World War I. In any event, without the bouquet, there are still plenty of flowers in this portrait. It looks like the bridesmaids are carrying classic 1920's waterfall/cascade style. It's really hard to tell what the flowers are from this picture, so I am going to assume that some roses are in there, along with plenty of plumosus fern for the waterfall/cascade effect.
Royal Wedding Tidbit for the day ... Princess May of Teck, later Queen Mary was initially engaged to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avandale, but just weeks after their engagement, Prince Albert died of pneumonia... Queen Victoria encouraged a match between Princess May and Albert's younger brother George. George became King George V. Princess Mary became wife of a king, mother of two kings, Edward VIII and George VI, and grandmother to Queen Elizabeth II... whew!
Photo Credit: A Royal Family Album From The Days Of Queen Victoria to H.R.H. Prince Charles of Edingurgh, by Marguerite D. Peacocke, Pitkin Pictorials Ltd., 1948.

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