Subject: Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales as bridesmaids.
Sitters: (left to right)
HRH Princess Victoria (1868-1935), née Princess Victoria (Alexandra Olga Mary) of Wales;
Queen Maud of Norway (1869-1938), née Princess Maud (Charlotte Mary Victoria) of Wales.
Date: 6 July 1893.
Occasion: The Wedding of the Princess Victoria Mary of Teck ('Princess May'), later Queen Mary to HRH Prince George, Duke of York, later King George V, 6 July 1893.
Location: Buckingham Palace.
Descr: Full length.
Costume: White satin dresses trimmed with silver lace and pink roses.
Costume supplier: Linton and Curtis, 16 Albermarle St., London.
Orders, Decorations & Medals: Badges of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert (1st Class).
Jewellery and Accessories: (Princess Victoria) Natural pearl necklace, curb-link chain bracelet with pearl and diamond cluster, a gem-set trefoil brooch, hair ornament of foliate design. (Queen Maud) Natural pearl necklace, gem-set cluster brooch, other brooch [chk], gold, enamel and diamond 'May blossom bracelet', Collingwood & Co, 1893, (gift from bride and bridegroom to bridesmaids); eye-glass.
Furniture 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).
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Biog: Dictionary of National Biography, Hugh montgomery-Massingberd ed., Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol 1, London, 1977, p 309
Costume: The Times, 6 July 1983, p 6c The Lady, 7 July 1893, p 5; James Pope-Hennesy, Queen Mary, London, 1959 Nigel Arch and Joanna Marschner, The Royal Wedding Dresses, London, 1990.
Orders, Decorations and Medals: Burke's Peerage.
Jewellery: Jonathan Condrupp, Jewellery Department, Sotheby's. (May blossom bracelet) The Queen, 15 July 1893, pp 113 & 136; James Pope Hennessy, op cit, p 267; Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910 The International Era, Vol II 1862-1910, pp 605-6.
Location & Photog: Copyright Records, Public Record Office, Kew, COPY 1/413, 15 July 1893, (2 poses registered).
Reproduced: The Illustrated London News, 29 July 1893, frontispiece. [Version] Royalties of the World [date?]
Additional Information: Two firms, W. & D. Downey of 61, Ebury St. London, and Lafayette of Dublin, were invited to take official portraits after the marriage ceremony of King George V. The above image, was registered for copyright by both firms but published in The Illustrated London News credited to Lafayette, Dublin. Refs: (Downey) The Times, 6 July 1893, p 7a; Public Record Office, Kew, COPY 1/413, 9 September 1893.