Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Duke of Kent and Marina finalize honeymoon plans

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 November 12, 1934

The Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece have finalized their honeymoon plans, according to the New York Times.  They will spend the first part "of their wedding trip" at Himley Hall in Worcestershire, which the Earl of Dudley is lending them.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Kent have "often stayed" at the historic home.

Afterward, the newlyweds will join King George and Queen Mary at Sandringham for Christmas, and then, after the new year, they will "conclude their wedding trip on the Continent.

After the wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace, the royal couple will travel by train to Birmingham, and then will complete the journey to Himley Hall by car.

The Duke of Kent has "taken a short lease on Lady Juliet Duff's four-storied mansion at 3 Belgrave Square," in London.  Although the Duke has "been over the house from top to bottom several times," Princess Marina has not seen it.

Last week,  the duke took his mother, Queen Mary, to see the house, and she "was favorably impressed."  The house is "thoroughly modernized," with steam heat and a concealed elevator.

King George is now in Sandringham for a week's shooting, while Queen Mary remains in London to "settle the final arrangements" for her youngest son's wedding.

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