Friday, November 6, 2015

Duchess' bouquet placed on tomb


November 6, 1935

After making sure Westminster Abbey was locked for the night, Canon Donaldson walked past the tomb of the Unknown Warrior.  He saw in the "dim evening light a bunch of fragrant flowers" that had been placed on the tomb.

According to a wireless sent to the New York Times,  a card with the royal arms was attached to the flowers.  It read "From the Duchess of Gloucester."

This was the newly married Duchess of Gloucester's bridal bouquet that had been taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey and placed at the venerated tomb.

It was probably the first time that the former Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott had used her new name.


Unknown said...

Thats a shockingly bad bit of old photo-shop on the Duchess!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

photo shop was not around in 1935. Long lenses were not nearly as good as today's cameras

L'Artisan said...

Is it known whether she is wearing a tiara from her own family, or one from the royal collection?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Lady Alice wore a "massed diadem of orange blossoms, each stem joined in silver thread." She did not wear a family tiara or one from the royal collection