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GEORGE V, KING, WEDDING GROUP
Neg No: GP (D)(00417)
Neg Size: 15"x12"
Neg Date: None

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Subject: The Wedding of King George V and Queen Mary: group portrait with bridesmaids.

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The Graphic, Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893

The Graphic, Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893
H.R.H. The Duchess of York and Her Bridesmaids
[signed A.H.]

The Graphic, Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893

The Graphic, Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893
The Miarrage of H.R.H. The Duke of York K.G.
and H.S.H. The Princess Victoria Mary of Teck:
The Wedding Ceremony in St. James's Chapel
[signed A.H.]

NB An almost identical view of this scene was painted in watercolours by Amedée Forestier, in collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II, RL 20841. Colour reproduction in Victoria & Albert, Vicky & The Kaiser: Ein Kapitel deutsch-englishcer Familiengeschicthe, Exhibition Catalogue from Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlinb, 1997

The Graphic, Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893

Detail

Sitters, left to right:

(Back row)

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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh later Princess Ernest Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1878-1942).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HH Princess Helena Victoria (of Schleswig-Holstein) (1870-1948).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, later Grand Duchess Kirill of Russia (1876-1936).
 
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HRH Duke of York, later HM King George V (1865-1936).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Victoria (of Wales) (1868-1935).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Maud of Wales, later HM Queen of Norway (1869-1938).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HH Princess Alice of Battenberg, later Princess Andrew of Greece (1885-1969).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Margaret of Connaught, later Crown Princess of Sweden (1882-1920).
 
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HRH Duchess of York, later HM Queen Mary (1867-1953).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, later Infanta Alfonso, Duchess of Galliera (1884-1966).
 
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The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HH Princess Victoria Eugénie of Battenberg, later HM Queen 'Ena' of Spain (1887-1969).
 
The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, pp 4 & 5
HRH Princess Patricia of Connaught, later Lady Patricia Ramsay (1886-1974).
 

Date: 6 July 1893.

Location: Buckingham Palace.

Descr: Full length.

Costume: (The Duke of York) Full dress uniform of a British naval captain;

(The Duchess of York) Silver and white brocade court dress, trimmed with orange blossom and Honiton lace.

"The pattern for the Royal Wedding Dress was selected by H.S.H. Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, and is composed of groups of Rose, Shamrock, Thistle, Lily of the Valley, and Orange Blossom, tied with ribbon, and the design is produced by white silk tissue and silver metal threads intermixed with terry effects on rich white satin ground. The dress was woven at the East London Silk Mills, the factory of Water and Sons, 9, Newgate Street, to whom the order was entrusted by Mdmes. Linton and Curtis, Albemarle Street. The silk for the warp and weft were specially dyed by Thomas Wardle of Leek."

The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, p 10

 

"The white robe made for the nuptials of the Royal bride was not ready till last week, as the Spitalfields looms could not produce so elaborate a brocade at any rapid rate. The design of the dress is given below. The long train was perfectly plain, and the front of the dress was of white satin, with three tiny flounces edged with silver at the bottom. The fine old Honital point lace in which her mother, H.R.H. Princess Mary, Duchess of Teck, was married, was arranged in three flounces just above, and long trails on either side of the flounced space. Two more trails were brought across from the sides at a short distance below the hips, lightly tied together in the centre, where there was a little droop, and then fell to the edge of the dress. The long-pointed bodice was made of the white and silver brocade, and some more of the Duchess of Teck's Honiton trimmed the top of the bodice and the upper part of the sleeve. A small wreath of orange-blossom was carried all the way round the bust with a little bouquet on each shoulder, and a larger one in the centre, with which a little white heather was mingled. Princess May also wore her mother's Honiton lace veil, floating backwards, and leaving her face full in view. It was secured with diamond pins, the largest of which was Her Majestery's present, and a small wreath of orange blossom was placed on the hair. The dress was made by Mesdames Linton and Curtis, of 16, Albemarle Street, S.W."

The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, p 10

The Bridesmaids' Dresses

Of the ten Royal bridesmaids who attended H.S.H. Princess May of Teck to the altar on the 6th, the Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales, the Princesses Victoria and Alexandra of Edinburg [sic], and Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein wore very pretty white-satin dresses, the skirts of which were cut long enough to trail about a yard on the ground. Round the bottom of each was a deep chiffon flounce, over which was laid a row of silver and crystal passementarie, and finished round the neck with pleatings of chiffon, with two elegant sweeping loops joining in the centre, and the passementarie was laid on this and carried as a strap over the shoulder. The sleeves consisted of single drooping puffs of chiffon coming down just over the elbow, and each Princess wore a breast-bouquet of pale pink roses. The remaining five bridesmaids, Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh, Princesses Norah and Patricia of Connaught, Princess Eugenie of Battenberg, and Princess Alice - the little daughter of Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg - wore short frocks of the same white satin, with proportionate chiffon flounces headed with silver passementerie, white satin sashes tied behind, full bodies with chiffon puffings at the top and silver passementerie and short puff sleeves. They had pink roses on their shoulders. All the satin was of English manufacture, and the silver passementerie was made by cottage workers at Amersham, Penn Street, winchmore Hill, and the adjacent villages and hamlets of South Bucks. The order for it was given to Messrs. Muddiman of Tabernacle Street, Finsbury, who have for several years been doing a great deal to cultivate trimming-making as a cottage industry, and also to resuscitate pillow-lace making, with silk and gold and silver threads.

The Graphic Royal Wedding Number, 10 July 1893, p 10

 

Costume Supplier: (The Duchess of York & bridesmaids) Linton and Curtis, 16 Albemarle St.

Fabric Supplier: (The Duchess of York) Warner & Sons, Bethnal Green.

Jewellery (The Duchess of York) Diamond tiara, c. 1893, (Collingwood & Co.), [wedding gift from Queen Victoria]; diamond rivière necklace, [gift from King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in memory of the Duke of Clarence, 27 February 1892]; diamond earrings; diamond anchor brooch, set with two sapphires, c. 1893, (Collingwood & Co.), [wedding gift from King George V].

Orders, Decorations and Medals:

(Princess Helena Victoria) The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert (2nd class);
(Princess Victoria Melita) The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert (2nd class);
(Duke of York) Collar and Star of a Knight of the Garter [with shoulder bows to hold collar]; Star of the Order of the Elephant (Denmark) [K.E. cr. 11 Oct 1885]; Star [unidentified]; Star of a Knight of the Thistle [K.T.]; Badge of the Sub-Prior of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; Queen Victoria Jubillee Medal 1887; Badge of the Order of the Dannebrog; [others not visible];
(Princess Victoria of Wales) The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert (1st class); The Imperial Order of the Crown of India;
(Princess Maud of Wales) The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert (1st class);
(The Duchess of York) The Royal Order of Victoria and Albert (1st class) [partially visible]; The Imperial Order of the Crown of India;
(Princess Margaret of Connaught) Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal 1887.

Furnishings and Props: Gothic style backdrop with the ecclesiastical motif I.H.S., flanked by roses, a giltwood chair in the French taste.

Photographer: James Stack Lauder (1853-1923), trading as 'J. Lafayette', 30 Westmoreland St., Dublin. [See additional information].

"From a photograph by Lafayette", published in
Sir Richard Holmes, Edward VII: His Life and Times, London, 1911, vol II, opp p 397

No of poses: 1 [but see also neg nos (D)(00418) & (D)(00423)]

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.

References:

Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd ed., Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol 1, London, 1977.

Costume: (Duchess of York and bridesmaids), The Times, 6 July 1893 p 6e; The Lady, 7 July 1893, p 5; The Queen, 15 July 1893, p 129; James Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary, London, 1959; Nigel Arch and Joanna Marschner, The Royal Wedding Dresses, London 1990.

Costume Supplier: (Duchess York and bridesmaids)

Fabric Supplier: (Duchess of York) The Queen, 22 July 1893, p 153

Jewellery: (Duchess of York) The Queen, 15 July 1893, pp 113 & 136; Leslie Field, The Queen's Jewels, London, 1977, p 31; Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910: The International Era, Vol II, London, 1991, pp 605-6.

Orders, Decorations and Medals (British Orders) Burke's Peerage; (Danish Orders) R. Werlich, Orders and Decorations of All Nations, Washington, 1990; (Jubilee Medal) Howard N. Cole, Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals 1887-1977, London, 1977.

Furnishings and Props: -

Location & Photog: Copyright Records, Public Record Office, Kew, COPY 1/413, 10 July 1893, (2 poses registered).

Reproduced: The Gentlewoman, 15 July 1893, p 77; The Gentlewoman, 11 July 1914 (re 21st anniversary of the wedding); (version) Sir Richard Holmes, Edward VII: His Life and Times, London, 1911, vol II, opp p 397

Additional Information: Two firms, Lafayette of Dublin and W. & D. Downey of 61, Ebury St., London were authorized to take official photographs after the wedding of King George V. An almost identical group portrait was registered for copyright by both firms but is usually credited to W. & D. Downey. Refs: (Downey) The Times, 6 July 1893, p 7a & 15 July 1893, p 61; Public Record Office, Kew, COPY 1/413, 9 September 1893.