All of the details for the upcoming Royal wedding are coming together. It has been reported that Prince Harry has selected his chief supporter (what the English title the role of best man). But the palace has not released the information. Royal grooms normally select their brothers or a very close family member to stand beside them. Miss Markle has also selected her maid/matron of honor. The palace has only confirmed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will serve as a pageboy and bridesmaid during the ceremony. More information on the wedding parties is found here in Royal Wedding Wednesdays Always A Bridesmaid.
Royal Wedding Wednesdays Always A Bridesmaid
The choice of those in the wedding party may overwhelmingly come from Prince Harry’s side of the family. This is not at all unusual for a Royal Wedding. It was a similar story at the wedding of his mother and father.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana
Prince Charles’ supporters were his two brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. His page boys included Lord Nicholas Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Edward van Cutsem. Both boys were godsons of Prince Charles.
Lady Diana’s bridesmaids included Lady Sarah Armstrong ~ Jones, the daughter of the Earl of Snowdon and Princess Margaret. India Hicks, granddaughter of the Earl Mountbatten of Burma and daughter of David (of interior design fame) and Lady Pamela Hicks. Catherine Cameron, daughter of Donald and Lady Cecil Cameron, granddaughter of the Marquess of Lothian. Sarah-Jane Gaselee, daughter of Nick Gaselee and his wife. Clementine Hambro, a former student of Diana’s and daughter of Rupert Hambro and the Hon. Mrs. Hambro (now Countess Peel). Clementine is also the granddaughter of Lord and Lady Soames and great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married on April 29, 2011, Prince William chose his brother, Prince Henry “Harry”, to be his chief supporter. The Duchess selected her sister, Phillipa “Pippa” Middleton as her maid of honor.
There were four young bridesmaids and two pageboys. They included Lady Louise Windsor, (daughter of Prince Edward). Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones (granddaughter of Princess Margaret). Grace van Cutsem (daughter of a friend). Eliza Lopes (granddaughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall). William Lowther-Pinkerton (son of William’s private secretary) and Tom Pettifer (son of Princes William and Harry’s former nanny, “Tiggy”).
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
When Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947 she had a total of eight bridesmaids. They included her sister, Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, and Lady Elizabeth Lambart. The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten (who later married designer David Hicks), The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone and The Hon. Diana Bowes-Lyon. Prince Philip’s supporter was the Marquess Milford-Haven (also spelled as Marquis Milfordhaven). The two pageboys were Prince William of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent, sons of the Duke of Gloucester.
Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes~Lyon
When the Duke of York married Lady Elizabeth Bowes~Lyon in 1923 he was merely the younger brother of the man who would be King David VIII. Fast forward thirteen years later and the Duke of York became King George VI after his brother abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. The Duchess of course eventually became the beloved Queen Mum. While their wedding was lovely in all its flapper fashion, it was a ceremony fitting a Prince versus a future King.
There were a total of eight bridesmaids: The Lady Mary Cambridge, daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cambridge, she was a great-niece of Queen Mary and the groom’s cousin. The Lady May Cambridge, daughter of Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone, also a niece of Queen Mary. The Lady Mary Thynn, daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Bath, The Lady Katharine Hamilton, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn, The Hon Diamond Hardinge, daughter of Lord and Lady Hardinge. The Hon Cecilia Bowes-Lyon. daughter of Lord and Lady Glamis, and a niece of the bride. The Hon Elizabeth Elphinstone, daughter of Lord and Lady Elphinstone, niece of the bride. Miss Betty Cator (who later became the bride’s sister-in-law when she married the bride’s brother, Hon. Michael Bowes-Lyon).
King George V and Queen Mary
The Duke of York’s parents, the future King George V and Queen Mary, had ten bridesmaids who were all princesses~ as they were sisters and cousins of the groom. They included the future Queen Maud of Norway (standing on the far right) and the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg (seated on the far left). Of an interesting note, Queen Mary had at one time been engaged to Prince Albert, George’s older brother, who was expected to be King. When Prince Albert died of pneumonia during his engagement to Princess May (later Queen Mary), Prince George not only inherited his place of succession to the throne, but also his fiancée.
Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark
When the Prince of Wales, son of Queen Victoria (Later King Edward VII) married Princess Alexandra of Denmark there were a total of eight bridesmaids on hand to carry the long silver moire train. The attendants were all daughters of Peers of the Realm and included Ladies Diana Beauclerk, Victoria Scott, Georgina Hamilton, Victoria Howard, Elma Bruce, Agneta Yorke, Eleanor Hare and Feodore Wellesley.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
When Queen Victoria married her beloved Prince Albert, she had a total of twelve bridesmaids. They included Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Mary, and Princess Augusta of Cambridge, and the Duchess Gloucester among others.Here is a description of what each of the attendants wore, please note they were not, “matchy, matchy”.
The dress worn by her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent, was of white satin splendidly brocaded with silver and trimmed with three flounces of blonde. It was trimmed with net and silver. The train was of sky-blue velvet lined with white satin and trimmed with ermine. The body and sleeves were tastefully ornamented with ermine and silver with blonde ruffles. The headdress was of diamonds and feathers with a necklace and earrings en suite. The articles in the dress were solely of British manufacture.
H.R.H. Princess Augusta wore a corsage and train of rich blue velvet trimmed with Brussels point lace and tastefully ornamented with aigrettes of diamonds. There was a rich white satin petticoat with volants and heading with Brussels point lace. The headdress was of Brussels point lace with superb lappets to correspond and a magnificent spray of diamonds.
The Duchess of Sutherland wore a dress of white satin trimmed with barbs of Spanish point lace and white roses. Included was a stomacher of brilliants, point ruffles, and berthé; plus a train of white moiré magnificently embroidered in coral and gold. The headdress was of feathers and point lappets with splendid diamonds.
The Countess of Carlisle had a dress of sapphire blue velvet with a Brussels point tucker and ruffles. Her headdress was a torque of velvet and Brussels point lappets.
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