Wonderful Vintage Photos of Princess Elizabeth & Princess Margaret in Royal Pantomime (1941)

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Princess Margaret plays Cinderella to Princess Elizabeth’s Prince Charming in a royal pantomime rehearsal at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, 21 December 1941

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Princess Margaret plays Cinderella to Princess Elizabeth’s Prince Charming in a royal pantomime at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, 21 December 1941 via

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 Princess Margaret plays Cinderella to Princess Elizabeth’s Prince Charming in a royal pantomime at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, 21 December 1941 via

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Royal Bride Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Leaving For Westminster Abbey (1923)

The wedding of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) and Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), took place on 26 April 1923 at Westminster Abbey.

Lady Elizabeth was attended by eight bridesmaids. Her wedding dress was made from deep ivory chiffon moire, embroidered with pearls and a silver thread.

In an unexpected and unprecedented gesture, Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of The Unknown Warrior on her way into the Abbey, in memory of her brother Fergus. Ever since, the bouquets of subsequent royal brides have traditionally been laid at the tomb, though after the wedding ceremony rather than before.

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Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon leaves the house in her wedding dress to marry Prince Albert, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey on the 23rd April 1923 via

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Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon leaves the house in her wedding dress to marry Prince Albert, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey on the 23rd April 1923  via

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Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon leaves the house in her wedding dress to marry Prince Albert, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey on the 23rd April 1923 via

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Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon leaves the house in her wedding dress to marry Prince Albert, Duke of York at Westminster Abbey on the 23rd April 1923 via

 

Wedding of Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey London.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon wearing the Strathmore Rose Tiara (1920s)

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Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the future Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) wearing the Strathmore Rose Tiara. She received it as a gift from her father, the Earl of Strathmore, for her wedding in 1923, though the piece itself dates from before that. The tiara features a garland of wild roses in diamonds mounted in silver and gold via

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) 1923 Wedding Photo

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The wedding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 26 April 1923. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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The wedding of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by Bassano Ltd
sepia-toned platinotype on original card mount, 26 April 1923. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

The Royal Bridal Gown of Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon), 1923

Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were married on 26 April 1923 in Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth’s wedding dress was made from deep ivory chiffon moire, embroidered with pearls and a silver thread. It was intended to match the traditional Flanders lace provided for the train by Queen Mary. Elizabeth’s dress, which was in the fashion of the early 1920s, was designed by Madame Handley-Seymour, dressmaker to Queen Mary.

A strip of Brussels lace, inserted in the dress, was a Strathmore family heirloom. A female ancestor of the bride wore it to a grand ball for “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, Charles Edward Stuart.

The silver leaf girdle had a trail of spring green tulle, trailing to the ground; silver and rose thistle fastened it. According to an era news article:

“In the trimming the bride has defied all old superstitions about the unluckiness of green.”

Unlike more recent dresses, details of this one were publicly revealed in advance of the wedding day. However, the dress was worked on until the last possible opportunity: the day before the wedding, Elizabeth divided her time between the wedding rehearsal and her dressmakers.

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Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon) wearing her long bridal veil of old point de Flanderes lace (1923) via

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Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon) in her wedding dress (1923) via

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Queen Elizabeth (nee Bowes Lyon) & Prince Albert wearing RAF full dress in the rank of group captain, his senior service rank at the time of his marriage (1923) via

Young Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1923)

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Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (1900 – 2002) by E.O. Hoppé 1923, the same year  she came to prominence by marrying Albert, Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary.  Silver gelatine, print original, Artist Estate collection.

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