Friday, August 29, 2014

Prince of Wales to be best man at George's wedding

August 29, 1934

The Prince of Wales will be the best man at the wedding of his youngest brother, Prince George, report the New York Times today  Prince George's two other brothers, the Duke of York and the Duke of Gloucester will be the groomsmen.

Prince George will marry Princess Marina of Greece in November or December at Westminster Abbey, with the ceremony to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The wedding will feature a "state procession along the Mall."  After the ceremony, the newlyweds will return to Buckingham Palace for a wedding breakfast.  About 1000 guests are expected to be invited including the former King and Queen of Greece, the former King and Queen of Spain, Queen Maud of Norway, and King Christian X of Denmark.

Princess Marina and Prince George are expected to return to England "shortly," where they will travel to Balmoral to see King George and Queen Mary.  The bride-to-be will then return to Paris to "rejoin" her parents, Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece, and prepare for her wedding.  She will not return to London until shortly before the wedding.

The royal yacht, Victoria & Albert, will probably be sent across the Channel to bring Prince George and Princess Marina from Calais to Dover where they will receive a royal salute from Dover Castle.

The announcement of Prince George's engagement has been the "general topic of conversation," in Britain.

"Prince George has always been considered the 'ladies' man of the royal family," opined the Evening Star. "How many girls has he been attentive to, his favorite brother the Prince of Wales, may have some idea of. How many girls have been in love with him must be a figure  far more difficult to estimate."

One reporter was able to interview  Princess Marina from Salzburg:  "I cannot tell you how happy I am.  I hope we shall be married very soon.  We are likely to be married in London."

Infanta Eulalia of Spain, who has known Princess Marina for many years, said earlier today in Paris:  "She is the most beautiful Princess in Europe.  There is no doubt about it being a love match because she is so beautiful that any man would fall in love with her easily."

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