Saturday, February 10, 2024

Alice of Albany marries Prince Alexander of Teck

Both photos: Marlene A. Eilers Koenig Collection

February 10, 1904

Princess Alice of Albany married Prince Alexander of Teck this afternoon at St. George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, reports the New York Times.

The Princess is the daughter of the late Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, and his wife, Princess Helen, of Waldeck und Pyrmont.   Prince Alexander is the youngest of four children of the late Duke of Teck and the late Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.   The Princess of Wales is Alexander's older sister.

The Archbishop of Canterbury officiated at the wedding ceremony and Princess Alice's uncle, King Edward VII, gave away the bride.   Alice's brother, the Duke of Albany (and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, walked her down the aisle.

The ceremony was "very elaborate and brilliant," with four processions to the chapel: the Queen of Württemberg, Queen Emma of the Netherlands, King Edward and Queen Alexandra, and, lastly, the bride.

The wedding was a "brilliant assemblage of members of royal families, foreign princes" and other "distinguished personages."  The men wore Court dress, while the women were attired in evening wear.    The "display of jewels was magnificent." 

Princess Alice's wedding gown was made from a "new material, satin charmeuse, which is of the richness of satin and ivory whiteness. Her train, according to the Times, is "over a yard and a half long on the ground," and it is embroidered in a design of fine chenille fringe with raised roses in white chiffon, caught at intervals with bows of white velvet ribbon, and studded with brilliant."  

The bride was attended by five bridesmaids,  Princess Mary of Wales, Princess Mary of Teck,  Princess Margaret of Connaught, Princess Patricia of Connaught, and Princess Helene of Waldeck-Pyrmont, who wore "dresses of pale blue crepe de chine, with insertions and flouncings of lace.  The two older Connaught Princesses' gowns included "broad waistbelts of silver."   The three younger princesses carried Princess Alice's train.   All five wore "wreaths of forget-me-nots in their hair, with a spray of heather.

After the wedding, a luncheon was held in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle.

The Duchess of Albany is a sister of Queen Emma of the Netherlands.

The guests included Queen Emma of the Netherlands, the Queen of Württemberg, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife, and the Duke of Fife,  Princess Victoria, Prince Carl of Denmark, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, Prince and Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duchess of Albany, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the Prince and Princess of Waldeck und Pyrmont, the Prince and Princess of Bentheim and Steinfurt, Princess Alexandra of Schaumburg-Lippe, Princess Luise of Wied, Prince Arthur, Princess Margaret and Princess Patricia of Connaught, Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the Duke and Duchess of Teck, the Duke of Argyll and Prince Francis of Teck.  Count Albert von Mensdorff and the Countesses Feodora, Valda, and Helena Gleichen were also present at the wedding.

After leaving the reception, the new Princess Alexander of Teck was dressed in a dress made from white cloth, "trimmed with stone marten fur."  Her coat and hat matched her going-away dress.

The Duchess of Albany and the Princess of Wales took an "active interest" in Alice's wedding dresses.

Prince and Princess Alexander of Teck left Windsor Castle in the afternoon and are now at Brocket Hall, near Hatfield, where they will spend the first part of their honeymoon.  The newlyweds will then travel to Cannes to stay at Villa Nevada, the Duchess of Albany's residence.  

In the evening, King Edward VII hosted a grand banquet at Windsor Castle in the couple's honor.

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Bill said...

Princess Maud is not listed as attending but her husband is. Do you know if there is some reason she did not attend the wedding? just curious...

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

no idea ...

Andrea said...

Are they related?
I mean the bride and the groom.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Of course.

George III - Edward (Duke of Kent) - Queen Victoria - Prince Leopold - Princess Alice

George III - Adolphus (Duke of Cambridge - Princess Mary Adelaide - Prince Alexander

(they were second cousins once removed)