Friday, November 4, 2011
Lady Alice names her attendants
The names of Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott's bridesmaids were released today, reports the Associated Press. Lady Alice will marry Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, tomorrow at Buckingham Palace.
One "little Princess who might some day bear the weight of the British Empire upon her shoulders," is at the top of the list of the eight bridesmaids. Nine-year-old Princess Elizabeth, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, 5, are two of the bridesmaids. The two princesses are the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York and are third and fourth in line to the British throne, ranking ahead of the Duke of Gloucester.
The other bridesmaids are Lady Mary Cambridge, 11, a grandniece of Queen Mary; Lady Elizabeth Scott, 13, the daughter of the bride's brother, the Earl of Dalkeith; Miss Ann Hawkins,7, and Miss Claire Phipps, 14, each a daughter of Lady Alice's sisters. The final two bridesmaids are Lady Angela Scott, the bride's sister, and Miss Moyra Scott, a cousin.
Lady Alice and Lady Angela are "inseparable companions," and when they were children, they made a pact "that whoever married first should have the other as a bridesmaid."
Lady Alice's bouquet will include a sprig of myrtle from a tree in the Frogmore gardens at Windsor.
The Duke of Gloucester, third son of King George V and Queen Mary, and Lady Alice, were scheduled to marry at Westminster Abbey, but following the death of the bride's father, the Duke of Buccleuch, the wedding arrangements were scaled down, and now the marriage will take place at Buckingham Palace.