We’ve rounded up some royal page boys, flower girls, and bridesmaids over the years for this three-part series. After all, who doesn’t love a royal wedding? There are oodles of royal attendants and we’ve tracked down a few rarely seen photos to add into the mix.
Princess Elizabeth of York
We’ll start with the Queen. The then Princess Elizabeth was a flower girl and bridesmaid many times over the years. We haven’t been able to locate pictures for each occasion, have been able to collect a nice overview.
To begin, Elizabeth took part in the wedding of her cousin once removed, Princess May of Teck, to Henry Abel Smith back in 1931. Princess May was the daughter of Prince Alexander of Teck and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.
How cute is this posed photograph:
Three years later in 1934, the future Queen also took part in the November wedding of her uncle the Duke of Kent to Princess Marina of Greece. She is seated at the bottom left of the photograph below.
Looks like she’s got a floral head-piece on and check out those sleeves! Hmmm…do you think her dress is tucked away somewhere? I hope so. She looks like a sugarplum fairy.
The following year, she repeated her duties for the 1935 wedding of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester to Lady Alice Scott. That’s Princess Elizabeth seated on the left below.
Side Note: The bride’s dress, as well as those of her attendants, was designed by royal couturier Norman Hartnell. He later designed both Princess Elizabeth’s and Princess Margaret’s wedding gowns. We have some posts on him coming soon.
Here’s a close up of the bride and groom on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Princess Elizabeth in the background:
Now we’re skipping ahead eleven(!) years. The photo below is from when Princess Elizabeth (far left) was a bridesmaid for the Hon. Patricia Mountbatten and Lord Brabourn in 1946. The wedding was held in Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. That’s Princess Margaret on the far right and Princess Alexandra of Kent is in the centre:
Princess Margaret of York
Now that we got that peak of Princess Margaret, let’s jump to her role as bridesmaid when her sister married Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.
Such a gorgeous dress:
Doesn’t the little fellow out front look like a young Prince Charles? That little guy is either Prince William of Gloucester or Prince Michael of Kent. Does anyone know which?
We’ll take a moment now to skip over to the future Princess of Monaco. That little girl in the front of the photo below (which I apologize is very small) is a young Grace Kelly. She was the flower girl for a family friend and wore a little bonnet with her dress. Cute!
All right, time for the next generation of British royals. Just like her mum, Princess Anne was asked to be a bridesmaid numerous times.
She was an attendant for Lady Pamela Mountbatten’s wedding to David Hicks in January 1960. The wedding took place in Romsey Abbey just like her mum’s wedding did (which we reviewed above). Lady Pamela is Prince Philip’s first cousin. Apparently it snowed quite a bit that day and until Princess Margaret’s wedding came to be, this wedding was dubbed ‘The Wedding of The Year.’
Here’s a candid of that event. Looks like they are getting themselves sorted for a group photograph:
Here’s a close up of the group shot that was taken that day. Prince Charles was seated next to Princess Anne:
We can get a better look at her tiered dress here:
Love this candid shot of her en route. Anne was nine years old here:
Princess Anne is standing next to her aunt in this group photo:
For enquiring minds, the other attendants were Marilyn Wills, 12, daughter of Maj. and Hon. Mrs. John Wills; Annabel Rhodes, 8, daughter of Mr. and the Hon. Mrs. Denys Rhodes; Lady Virginia Fitzroy, 6; daughter of the Earl and Countess of Euston; Sarah Lowether, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lowther; Catherine Vesey, 6, daughter of Viscount and Viscountess de Vesci; and Lady Rose Nevill, 9, daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Abergavenny.
And, to end, Princess Anne was also a bridesmaid for Princess Alexandra of Kent in 1963. Love this candid shot:
We’ll have many more royal bridesmaids and page boys in our next post. In the meantime, do tell us if you have any favourites so far…