The Queen & Jackie Kennedy

For this two-part series, I thought it would be fun to look at Jackie Kennedy’s relationships with both Grace Kelly and the Queen. I’ve unearthed a few interesting  tidbits that you may not have heard before, and I’d love to hear any others you may have up your sleeves! We’ll start with Jackie and Queen Elizabeth, and the next post will be all about Grace.

Back in 1951, Jackie Bouvier was hired by the Washington Times-Herald as the “Inquiring Camera Girl” for $42.50 per week. Amongst her many assignments was to cover Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration and to travel to London to cover the Queen’s Coronation, which was held on June 2 of 1953. Jackie’s articles covered her voyage to London, what the mood was like in the city, and of course the big event itself. If I’m able to unearth any of those actual articles, I’ll be sure to post them!

Her stance says "Let's do this!" (via carlaanthonyonline.com
Her stance says “Let’s do this!” (via carlaanthonyonline.com)

We know that Jack Kennedy proposed right when Jackie got back to the States, and she resigned from her newspaper job the next day. The Washington Times Herald announced the engagement on June 24, 1953 and the wedding was held on September 12. Very speedy!

So now let’s skip ahead to June 4, 1961 – exactly eight years and two days after the Queen’s coronation. That evening, Jackie and Jack dined with The Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham palace and as far as I can tell in this picture, both ladies seemed pretty delighted and like they were having a wonderful time.

So happy! (via Tumbler)
So happy! (via Pinterest)

(Side Note: The blue shantung dress Jackie wore is now held at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum and can be viewed here.)

However, apparently there was quite a bit of haggling that went into the guest list and consequently the evening was pretty frosty. The story goes that Queen was reticent to invite Jackie’s sister Princess Lee Radziwill since she was a divorcee (shocking, I know) but eventually relented. However, the Queen then vetoed Princess Margaret and Princess Marina from the guest list since they had both been requested by Jackie.

Smile for the cameras! Via Pinterest
Smile for the cameras! Via Pinterest

An article in Reader’s Digest gives some more insight into Jackie’s memories of the evening.

The queen had her revenge,” she confides to Gore Vidal. “No Margaret, no Marina, no one except every Commonwealth minister of agriculture they could find.” Jackie also tells Vidal that she found the queen “pretty heavy going.” (When Vidal repeats this to Princess Margaret some years later, the princess loyally explains, “But that’s what she’s there for.”)

Over dinner, Jackie continues to feel awkward, even persecuted. “I think the queen resented me. Philip was nice, but nervous. One felt absolutely no relationship between them.”

The queen asks Jackie about her visit to Canada. Jackie tells her how exhausting she found being on public view for hours on end. “The queen looked rather conspiratorial and said, ‘One gets crafty after a while and learns how to save oneself.’ ” According to Vidal (who is prone to impose his own thoughts on others), Jackie considers this the only time the queen seems remotely human.

After dinner, the queen asks Jackie if she’d like to see “some pictures.” Yes, says Jackie, she certainly would. The queen takes her for a stroll down a long gallery in the palace. They stop in front of a Van Dyck. The queen says, “That’s a good horse.” Yes, agrees Jackie, that is a good horse. From Jackie’s account, this is the extent of their contact with one another, but others differ. Dinner at Buckingham Palace, writes Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in his diary that night, is “very pleasant.”

That’s a good horse??!! Too funny. The visit was just four months after JFK’s inauguration, so Jackie was still getting into the swing of things.

Nine months later, she returned to London and stayed with her sister Lee, who lived just four blocks south of Buckingham Palace. The Queen asked both Jackie and Lee to lunch which seems to me like a very nice thing to do, and they accepted. Here they are heading out the door on March 28, 1962:

Jackie & Lee Head to the Palace (via )
Jackie & Lee Head to the Palace (via Architectural Digest)

When they returned, reporters asked Jackie about the visit and we have video of it here:

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Jackie was very diplomatic and tells reporters, “I don’t feel I should say anything about it except how thankful I am and how charming she was.”

If only we could hear what Jackie and Lee’s conversation was once they were inside! I love how Jackie went from reporting the coronation to being a guest at the palace as First Lady, and it does seem like in the end all was well.

What do you think – was there no love lost?

Royals & Their Pets

This Royal Poster recently adopted the CUTEST puppy from the Pasadena Human Society. She’s named Ruby and is some sort of beagle/ chihuahua and possibly Jack Russell mix.

See?

Ruby  needed a red collar, naturally
Ruby needed a red collar, naturally

Ruby has got us thinking about royals and their pets so today’s post is a rundown of a few favourites.

The Queen’s Corgis

Shall we start with the obvious?

Corgis are probably the first royal pets that come to mind for most of us royal watchers. They have been  faithful companions of the Queen since she was a child, starting with a wee little guy named Dookie who was brought home in 1933. He was named for the Duke of York. Cute, eh?

That’s him below. LOOK AT THAT FACE!!

Dookie & Princess Elizabeth in 1936, via The Telegraph
Dookie & Princess Elizabeth in 1936, via The Telegraph

They have been a constant fixture, as you can see from this video taken from Prince Harry’s Christening in 1984. This is one of my all-time favourites and worth a watch or re-watch. In it, you see the Queen explaining to Zara, Peter, and William that her new puppy’s name is “Dash.” Zara asks “Does it bite?” and the Queen replies “No, not yet. But it might after it’s finished with you.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPJQvQX7X9I

Lots more corgi info can be found here. Also, this article over at the Daily Mail all about the Queen’s graveyard at Sandringham for her pets is worth a read.

Prince Charles & The Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles is also a big fan of dogs and seems to favour Jack Russell terriers.

Prince Charles on the cover of Tattler
Prince Charles on the cover of Town & Country

One of his pet dogs was named Pooh (he was originally named Roo but was renamed by William after the favourite A.A. Milne character). He was a Jack Russell Terrier who sadly went missing on the Balmoral estate  in April of 1994. Charles was devastated and put out an ad in the local paper and sadly poor Pooh wasn’t found.

In happier news, the Duchess of Cornwall also loves Jack Russell Terries and has had several over the years. One of them came from the same litter as Pooh, and she currently has two rescue dogs, Beth and Bluebell.

Camilla, Beth and Bluebell
Camilla, Beth and Bluebell via The Daily Mail

Beth and Bluebell were adopted from the Battersea Dogs Home, and Camilla took them back there for a visit in December of 2012. Hats off to Camilla for being  dog resucer! During the tour she told a reporter that ‘”Beth is the sweetest dog with the nicest temperament, she so laid-back. Bluebell is much more feisty but lots of fun. She seems to think she is a lot bigger than she actually and is a bit of a toughie. They are very happy and love each other, though, which is the main thing…I love Jack Russells. They are so intelligent.”

Princess Diana

Next up: a guinea pig!

This picture of Lady Diana with her pet guinea pig Peanuts has made the rounds a lot over the years.

Diana & Peanuts Via
Diana & Peanuts Via A Pondering Mind

Turns out it was taken by photographer John Hocknell in 1972 when Diana was showing her pet at the Sandringham pet show. Here he is proudly showing off the photo:

Via Princess Diana Remembered
Via Princess Diana Remembered

As you may recall, Diana grew up in Park House before her father became Earl and inherited Althorp, the Spencer Estate. Park House is on the Sandringham estate and the Spencers were often invited over to “the big house” by the royal family. More info on all that can be found here.

Prince William

This delightful black lab who joined in on this August 1997 photocall at Balmoral was named Widgeon, and she belonged to Prince William.

Via Princess Diana Remembered
Via Princess Diana Remembered

Back in 2000, Prince William gave an interview to mark his 18th birthday and Widgeon came up, though it wasn’t too enlightening. The full interview can be read here, but here is the Widgeon bit:

Q: How is your dog, Widgeon, and do you have any other pets?

A: Widgeon had eight pups about 18 months ago. I have no other pets.

Oh, you sure had a way with words, William. Anyway, I love the name. Widgeon is a type of duck and it seems very suitable for all the hunting and whatnot that I’m sure she joined in on.  Like here on a shoot at Sandringham back in 2009:

Via Princess Diana Remembered
Via Princess Diana Remembered

Widgeon passed away sometime in 2010, and now of course William and Kate have Lupo!

Kate, William, & Lupo via The Daily Mail
Kate, William, & Lupo via The Daily Mail

Princess Mary and Prince Frederick of Denmark

Now over to Denmark. Ziggy is a Danish-born Border Collie who was a gift from the Danish Kennel Club to Mary and Frederick back in 2005.  Here he is as a puppy walking with Mary in Copenhagen:

Via The Sydney Morning Herald & AFP
Via The Sydney Morning Herald & AFP

And here he is later with the family:

Time for a walk
Time for a walk

And I love this photo which was taken to celebrate Mary’s 40th birthday. So dynamic.

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The Swedish Royal Family

Labradors are the dog of choice for the Swedish Royal Family. They have had a succession of them over the years and in 2010 they had to say good bye to Jambo, a golden lab who joined the family in in 1998.

Here are a few pictures of the familyd Jambo over the years. What a cutie!

Victoria & Jambo via Royal Dish
Victoria & Jambo via Fashion Spot

In the palace with Princess Madeleine during a photocell for her 18th birthday. Apparently it was all a big yawn:

That's a big yawn (via Algonet.se)
Are we keeping you up, Jambo? (via Algonet.se)ut on the town with Victoria  in Swedish colours:

And here was his balcony appearance:

Jambo's balcony appearance (via Photo Bucket)
Jambo’s balcony appearance (via Photo Bucket)

And out on the town in Swedish colours:

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Princess Grace of Monaco

We’ll end with Monaco.

Princess Grace loved poodles, and had several over the years. One was named Oliver and he was given to Grace by Cary Grant when she left Hollywood to marry Prince Ranier. Oliver joined in on Grace’s cruise to Monaco on S.S. Constitution in April of 1956 and seems to have been quite a hit.

Grace & Oliver learn about their muster station
Grace & Oliver get to their muster station for a pre-cruise drill (via MSN.com)

A weimaraner also made the journey. He was a wedding gift from Grace’s brother Jack but I haven’t been able to figure out what his name was. Does anyone know?

Taking a walk on the poop deck, as you do
Taking a walk on the poop deck, as you do

Naturally, Oliver there when Grace greeted the Prince upon arrival in her massive white hat.

Via Tres Sugar
Via Tres Sugar

Well Princess Grace seems like a smashing way to end this post. Have I missed any other favourite royal pets?

Royals Visiting Their Old Schools

Today we’re looking at four royal ladies who got to go back to their old schools as royals. Not too shabby, eh?

Grace Kelly at Ravenhill Academy

Grace Kelly was born in 1929 in Philadelphia and spent the first 9 years of her education at Ravenhill Academy, a Catholic girl’s school. Ravenhill was a gorgeous mansion that was donated to the Archdiocese  of Philadelphia by the Weightman family.

Ravenhill c. 1940 (Via Phila.edu)
Ravenhill c. 1940 (Via Philau.edu)

As Princess of Monaco, she returned to the school to break ground on a new theatre that had been donated in memory of her dad, John B. Kelly.

Breaking ground (via Argenaimages)
Breaking ground (via Argenaimages)

She returned to the school when the theatre was completed to dedicate it and to unveil this plaque:

Grace unveils a plaque at Ravenhill (Via Argentina Images)
Grace unveils a plaque at Ravenhill (Via Argentina Images)

In 1982, Ravenhill mansion was purchased by Philadelphia University, who own it to this day. Grace is the school’s most famous former pupil.

Diana at West Heath Girls School with her sisters

Next up is Diana. Back In December of 1987, she paid a visit to her old school West Heath in Sevenoaks, Kent. She was a student from the ages of 12 to 16 and so this visit took place just ten years after leaving the school in 1977. Fun fact actress Tilda Swinton was a student at the same time as Diana and has mentioned that in interviews from time to time.

The purpose behind the 1987 visit was to officially open a new sports hall and she was joined by her sisters Sarah and Jane, who’d also been students there. I believe this was the only official engagement where Diana was joined by her sisters in this sort of capacity (later on, Sarah became one of Diana’s Ladies-in-Waiting, which must have been a little strange since she had dated Prince Charles for a short while in the ’70’s).

Diana and her sisters Sarah and Jane at West Heath School
Diana and her sisters Sarah and Jane at West Heath School (Via ImageCollect.com)

To add to the fun of it all, the trio arrived by one of the Queen’s Flight helicopters, which is a pretty great way to make your arrival, no? Here’s some news coverage of the visit:

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After leaving the school, Lady Diana went on to a finishing school in Switzerland called Institut Alpin Videmanette, which closed its doors in 1991.

Meanwhile West Heath also had difficulties in the 1990’s and went into receivership in 1997. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund considered buying the school but when they decided against it, Mohammad Al Fayed stepped in and the school is now known as New School at West Heath. More info about all of that can be found here if you’re interested.

Sophie Rhys-Jones at Kent College

Next up is Sophie, who doesn’t get much coverage which we keep hearing from readers is a real shame. However, she soldiers on and  in March of 2012, Sophie visited her old school Kent College. She seemed to match her outfit to the navy of the school uniforms, as you do, and was clearly a hit with the students.

Sophie visiting Kent College
Sophie visiting Kent College

The visit marked the 125th anniversary of the school as well as the opening of the re-named Countess of Wessex Theatre.  As a side note, it was revealed in 2009 that Sophie had hired her first Lady-in-Waiting and that she had been a fellow pupil at Kent College.

Some more information on this visit can be found here and if you’re in the mood for more Sophie, check out this post. It’s all about Sophie’s aquamarine tiara and is our most read Sophie post ever!

Kate at St. Andrew’s School in Berkshire

And we’ll end with Kate. As you may recall, Kate visited her old school St. Andrew’s on St. Andrew’s Day in November of 2012 and the press was all over it. Kate had been at the school prior to going to Marlborough College, and had played on the school’s field hockey team.

She wore a tartan McQueen coat for the visit and seemed to have a fabulous time running around in her high heeled boots.

Kate at her old school (via USA Today)
Kate at her old school (via USA Today)

Kate also gave a speech about how much she’d loved the school, and then it seems she went home and started feeling dreadful. A couple of days later, William and Kate were forced to announce that Baby George was on the way since Kate had to be in hospital. And now here we are a year later!

Did we miss any other royal school visits?

What's The Deal with Ladies-in-Waiting?

We recently received some questions asking what the heck a Lady-in-Waiting is, what the heck it is that these ladies do, and who some of them are. Hopefully this post sheds some light!

The Queen in Australia with a Lady-in-Waiting (via Posie Blogs)
The Queen in Australia with a Lady-in-Waiting (via Posie Blogs)

Simply put, a Lady-in-Waiting is a female personal assistant. Traditionally the role has been granted to aristocratic women who already have a friendship The Queen or whoever it is that requires a Lady-in-Waiting. They are not usually paid for their services, though they can be reimbursed for any travel expenses and some have received clothing allowances.

It is a bit of an arcane title that just doesn’t make much sense (what are they waiting for, to collect flowers?), but let’s run through some of them.

The Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting

The Queen naturally grew up thinking this was all very normal and she currently has nine Ladies-in-Waiting who help her with such things as keeping up her daily correspondence, collecting flowers, and keeping her company while abroad.

The Queen with her Lady-in-Waiting Lady Dugdale and her cousin Margaret Rhodes in 1968 (via Daily Mail)
The Queen with her Lady-in-Waiting Lady Dugdale, her cousin Margaret Rhodes, and a member of the Queen’s household in 1968 (via Daily Mail)

The British Monarchy’s official website explains the role of the Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting quite clearly:

The Ladies-in-Waiting are personally chosen by The Queen. The Senior Lady-in-Waiting is Mistress of the Robes, Fortune, Duchess of Grafton, and the other Ladies-in-Waiting are The Countess of Airlie; Diana, Lady Farnham; The Hon Mary Morrison; The Lady Susan Hussey; The Lady Elton; The Hon Mrs Whitehead; Mrs Michael Gordon Lennox and Mrs Robert de Pass.

Their duties are varied and include attending to private and personal matters for Her Majesty, and handling a substantial proportion of The Queen’s general correspondence. The Ladies-in-Waiting accompany Her Majesty on her engagements at home and abroad and, since the beginning of The Queen’s reign, when she is not accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, the Lady-in-Waiting on duty travels with Her Majesty in her vehicle.

The post of Lady-in-Waiting is not open to application. In addition to The Queen, other female Members of the Royal Family appoint their own Ladies-in-Waiting.

One name that stands out to me in that list is Lady Susan Hussey. She had a friendship with Prince Charles and the Queen asked her to help Diana adjust to royal life after the wedding, likely because she was the youngest of all her Ladies-in-Waiting at that time. This explains why she is one of Prince William’s godmothers, though she later had a falling out with Diana (who didn’t at one time or another?) and went back to working for the Queen.

That's Lady Susan Hussey at Prince William's christening. (via Hello!)
Lady Susan Hussey is in the pink dress behind Diana at Prince William’s christening. (via Hello!)

She was also there for Prince William’s confirmation (in green) along with fellow godparents King Constantine of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, and Lord Romsey.

Lady Susan Hussey (Via Pinterest)
Lady Susan Hussey (Via Pinterest)

And oh look! There she is with Sophie and Kate during the Rememberance Day service in 2012.

Sophie, Kate, & Lady Susan Hussey (via msn.com)
Sophie, Kate, & Lady Susan Hussey (via msn.com)

Lady Susan Hussey was made Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 2013, as was fellow Lady-In-Waiting Mary Morrison. Oh, the stories they could tell!

Princess Diana

Right out of the gate, the new Princess of Wales had three Ladies-in-Waiting to help her with anything from errands to collecting flowers. In fact, the palace announced the ladies Diana had appointed on September 25, 1981 and they were Anne Beckwith-Smith, the Hon. Mrs. Vivian Baring, and Mrs. George Alston-Roberts-West (source). Over time, Diana appointed five more ladies to the role. To me, this is just yet another example of how things have changed since then, at least for the younger generation.

Anne Beckwith-Smith became Diana’s longest serving Lady-in-Waiting and by 1986 she also held the title of Assistant Private Secretary. Here she is on a walk about with Diana in the early ’80’s:

Dian and Lady-in-Waiting Anne Beckwith Smith
Diana and Lady-in-Waiting Anne Beckwith Smith (via Pinterest)

And that’s her in the background of this portrait of Diana, waiting:

Diana sitting for a portrait in 1990 (via
Diana sitting for a portrait in 1990 (via The Royal Digest)

She must be a tough cookie to have worked in the Royal Household for so long. In recognition of her services, she was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 1990 and now works for the Tate in London.

The most interesting to me of all of Diana’s Ladies-in-Waiting is her sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Her official title was “Extra Lady-in-Waiting” and she held the post from 1992 to 1997. This appointment especially piques my interest because back in 1977, Sarah dated Prince Charles for a short spell. That ended shortly after she spoke the press (silly girl!) and she even admitted that she was keeping press clippings of any coverage of the relationship. Eek. I mean, I bet anything Carole Middleton has quite a collection herself (and I don’t blame her one bit!) but she’s not sharing that with journalists, thank you very much.

So that was the end of Sarah, and she ended up as Extra Lady-in-Waiting instead of Princess of Wales.

Lady Sarah and Prince Charles in 1977
a haughty Lady Sarah and Prince Charles in 1977

Sarah accompanied Diana on several engagements and there are pictures to prove it. This photo was taken during an engagement at the Great Ormond Hospital in February of 1994.

Diana and Sarah and lots of flowers in 1994
Diana and Sarah and lots of flowers in 1994

The Duchess of York

Next up is Fergie.

Sarah and Oprah sit down for a chat (via The New York Times)
Sarah and Oprah sit down for a chat (via The New York Times)

Back in 2010, the Duchess of York sat down for an interview with Oprah after that whole selling access to Prince Andrew scandal. Over the course of their conversation she revealed that she’d had six ladies in waiting, and that they were there to attend to any of her needs, for example if she dropped a kleenex and needed to have it picked up.

Oprah’s response to this admission? “Get out! No wonder you’re Finding Sarah”,  a reference to the name of the 6-part documentary that Oprah’s network aired on the Duchess.

No kidding! Lordy.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Things had changed quite a bit by the time Sophie married Prince Edward in 1999. The Countess of Wessex waited ten years to appoint a Lady in Waiting and when she did it was her old school friend and former flatmate Sarah Sienesi that was chosen. Sarah also apparently helped with the wedding preparations for William and Kate.

While we don’t have any pictures of her and Sophie, we do have a picture of a different Lady-in-Waiting. In July of 2013, Sophie was photographed with Annabelle Galletley at Wimbledon. Annabelle has worked for the Royal household since 1987 (she even has a LinkedIn page that outlines that!) and was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order in 1994 for her services.

Sophie and Annabel (via Hello!)
Sophie and Annabel (via Hello!)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

When Camilla married Charles it was announced that she’d have three Ladies-in-Waiting. This doesn’t surprise me at all; Charles is old school and he depends on staff for everything (apparently even preparing his tooth brush with toothpaste). One of the ladies is Camilla’s sister, Annabelle Elliot. Anabelle has also been appointed the interior designer for the Duchy of Cornwall, which has caused a wee bit of a stir (source).

Annabelle and Camilla (via Daily Mail)
Annabelle and Camilla (via Daily Mail)

Another Lady-in-Waiting is her old school friend, Kirsty Smallwood. This whole school chum thing is a nice tradition and makes a lot of sense.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Well, she earned the nickname ‘Waity Kaity’ for dating William for going on ten years and while she doesn’t have a formal Lady-in-Waiting, her assistant Rebecca Deacon fills that role as far as helping out on walkabout is concerned.

Rebecca is seated in black behind Kate and the Queen (via Hello!)
Rebecca is seated in black behind Kate and the Queen (via Hello!)

Rebecca seems totally delightful and must be kept on her toes all the time. You can read more about her in our post on Kate and William’s staff here if you like. Obviously she would never do it, but a book all about Rebecca’s experiences would be fascinating, no?

Hard at work (via Hello!)
Collecting flowers (via HRHDuchessKateBlogspot!)

So, what do you think – will the Lady-in-Waiting role be phased out in the next few decades or will Kate and William keep it going? And are there any other royalty-related questions we could help answer? Do tell!

Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon's Wedding Dress

It’s been awhile since we talked about a royal wedding dress, so today is all about the future Queen Mum’s gown,for her 1923 wedding.

At that time, Madame Handley Seymour was a London coutourier who made numerous gowns for Queen Mary and other royal and aristocratic ladies. It’s unfortunate that her name has pretty much been lost to history since she had such a thriving fashion house. She made both Elizabeth’s wedding dress and, later, her coronation robes.

Here’s a look at seamstresses hard at work before the 1937 coronation:

Madame Handley Seymours work room before the coronation, April 1937 (via sheep and chic)
Madame Handley Seymours work room before the coronation, April 1937 (via sheep and chic)

As we discussed in our post on one of the Queen Mum’s letters to Prince Bertie, they were engaged on January 14, 1923. This  formal portrait was taken shortly afterwards, on the 18th of January. They sure look serious, even a little forlorn.

Lady Elizabeth and Prince Bertie January 18, 1923 (via forum.alexanderpalace)
This portrait was taken on January 18, 1923 (via forum.alexanderpalace)

When it came to picking out or designing a dress, Elizabeth didn’t spend much time deciding, not that there was much time since the wedding was on April 26. Thanks to the book Counting One’s Blessings, we have her diary entry from March 19, 1923 to reference and she makes only a quick mention of it. Keep in mind that this was a little over a month before the actual wedding!

Diary: Monday 19 March 1923

Woke at 9. Breakfast 10…[…] Bertie came round, & we went & looked at furniture at Harris & also went to Carrington. […] Then mother & I went to Handley Seymour & looked at hundreds of lovely clothes. Chose my wedding dress. 

And there we have it. So simple! Interesting when you think of how much time and effort and thought went into Lady Diana and Kate Middleton’s dresses what with the months and months it took to get everything just right. It’s interesting to know that Lady Elizabeth’s dress wasn’t designed from scratch, but came straight out of the shop, with perhaps just a few changes here and there. I suppose we should remember that this laissez faire attitude could be attributed to the fact that Lady Elizabeth had no expectation that she’d ever become Queen. She was marrying the younger brother and expected to stay the Duchess of York.

The gown is certainly of its time, and we can’t say it did much for Lady Elizabeth’s tiny frame. Love the train, however, and how she wore an elaborate white fur in the carriage to Wesminster Abbey. This photograph shows Elizabeth leaving her family’s London home at 17 Bruton Street. The future Queen Elizabeth was born in the home a few years later.

Leaving for Westminster Abbey
Leaving for Westminster Abbey

She wore fur on the balcony as well! It’s a shame she didn’t wear one of her tiaras (come on!), and chose to wear a circlet of fabric flowers instead.

Via Royal Musings
Via Royal Musings

Now, whatever you do, DON’T SMILE!

Via Royal Musings
Via Royal Musings

Recently, a prototype of the dress was auctioned off and sold for 3,500 pounds. That seems like a relatively small sum for a dress that has so much historic value. It’s the closest thing that you could get to a royal wedding dress!

Prototype of Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon's wedding dress via BBC
Prototype of Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon’s wedding dress via BBC

Here’s a better look at the intricate beadwork. Ultimately Elizabeth’s dress was floor length:

via Pinterest
via Pinterest

So what do you think of this dress? Yay or nay?

Here are some more royal wedding dresses that might strike your fancy:

Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress made her a real trend setter in 1840!

Princess Elizabeth’s Wedding Dress was another that was of its time

Princess Margaret’s Wedding Dress was perfect for her. Perfect!

Princess Alexandra of Denmark’s Wedding Dress made an entrance

Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg’s wedding dress was truly gorgeous

As was Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s wedding dress (even if the straps kept slipping off her shoulder…oops!)