Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Large crowds for Curzon wedding

May 11, 1920

It was certainly the wedding of the year. Lady Cynthia Curzon, middle daughter of the Earl Curzon, was married today at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, to Lt. Oswald Mosley, MP.

The New York Times reports that the "almost unprecedented crowds gathered to witness" Lady Cynthia's wedding.

The ceremony was "honored by the presence of not only the British King and Queen but also of the King and Queen of the Belgians."
Lord Curzon had looked after King Albert's three children after Germany had invaded their native land.
Lady Cynthia "deliberately set herself to shatter wedding superstition by being married in May." She also chose to add "touches of green introduced into her gown," which was chalk-white crepe, simply cut, with crossover corsage and long sleeves, cut mittenwise over the hands." She wore a "Grecian wreath of lilies and magnificent pearls and carried a bouquet of lilies." She also carried a "Honiton point lace handkerchief" that her mother used at her wedding.

The bride was attended by seven bridesmaids and one page, the former wearing "chiffon gowns and water lily wreaths and carried bouquets of water lilies."

Lady Cynthia's mother, Mary Leiter, the daughter of Levi Ziegler Leiter, an American millionaire who founded the Chicago department store, Field & Leiter. He was a descendant of a German Lutheran family that founded Leitersville, Maryland. Lady Curzon died in 1906 at the age of 36.

Mr. Mosley, the youngest member of Parliament, is the son of Sir Oswald Mosley, BT.

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