Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Prince Georg weds Queen's niece

September 16, 1950

Prince Georg of Denmark married  Anne, Viscountess Anson, a niece of Queen Elizabeth, today at Glamis Castle, the queen's ancestral home, reports the New York Times.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mogens Buch, pastor of the Danish Seaman's Mission Church at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  He was called on to officiate "unexpectedly" in the place of Canon H.G. Rorison. chaplain to the Earl of Strathmore, whose seat in Glamis Castle.

At the last minute, Canon Rorison received word that he could not "conduct the marriage service" as Lady Anson had been a "party in a divorce."  Lady Anson was divorced from Viscount Anson, heir to the Earl of Lichfield, in 1948.

Prince Georg, 30, is the son of Prince Axel and Princess Margaretha of Denmark.  He is a second cousin of King Frederik IX and King George VI.  

Lady Anson , 32, is the former Miss Anne Ferelith Bowes-Lyon, eldest daughter of the late John-Bowes-Lyon, Queen Elizabeth's second brother.  She married Lord Anson in 1938, and they had two children, the Hon. Patrick and Hon. Elizabeth Anson.

Among those attending the wedding were Crown Prince Olav of Norway and his two daughters, Princesses Ragnhild and Astrid,  Prince Axel and Princess Margaretha of Denmark,  Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium (a first cousin of the groom) and Prince Carl Bernadotte.

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret did not attend the wedding, but were present at the wedding reception.

Prince Georg is the acting military attaché at the Danish Embassy in London.

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