Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Swedish Crown Prince arrives in London for wedding

October 28, 1923

Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden has arrived in London for his upcoming wedding to Lady Louise Mountbatten.
The details of Lady Louise's wedding gown have been released to the media. She will be "clad in shimmering silver," a gown "fashioned from Indian silver gauze," which was given to the bride by her uncle, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and By Rhine. She will be a "picture in her almost sheathed gown with a square neck and wrap over skirt, slightly low waisted and caught at the left side with a true lover's knot or orange blossoms, from which falls a trail of the same flower delicately encased in a silver thread to the hem."
Lady Louise's train will be "slung from the shoulders and fashioned from silver gauze, bordered with gold."
She will wear a honiton lace veil, "with its rose orange blossom design," and was a gift from Queen Victoria to her daughter, Alice, when she married the Grand Duke of Hesse and By Rhine. Lady Louise is Alice's granddaughter.
The veil was also worn by Louise's mother, Victoria, when she married Prince Louis of Battenberg, later the Marquess of Milford Haven.
The veil "exquisitely matches the gown and will fall from a Russian shaped diadem of orange buds." Louise will carry a bouquet of lilies of the valley, and she will wear over her gown "an old fashioned cape of talles ermine, which belonged to her grandmother.
Lady Louise's four bridesmaids will be her nieces, Princesses Margarita, Theodora, Cecilia and Sophie of Greece.
The four princesses are the daughters of Louise's older sister, Alice and her husband, Prince Andrew of Greece. The princesses will be gowned in apricot hued georgette and carry posies and violets."

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