Princess Mary was born on 4 November 1631 at St. James’s Palace, the eldest daughter of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.
On 2 May 1641, at the age of nine, the kings daughter was married to William II, son of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and Amalia von Solms, at the Chapel Royal, Whitehall Palace.
Mary is shown wearing her wedding ring and the large diamond brooch given to her by her husband on 3 May 1641, the day after their marriage. A large pearl necklace and costly pearls in her hair, like a ribbon. A gem setted bracelet on the left.
Look at her spectacular coral gown, decorated with silver thread trim along its border, is thought to be similar to that worn for her wedding, rather than the cloth of silver-gold she wears. The apparent weight of the fabric, falling in broad, heavy folds, along with the bright highlights along the creases, suggest the fabric may have been cloth of silver. Shimmering highlights, applied in swift, cross-hatched strokes, were used as a form of shorthand by artists, mimicking the lustre of metallic threads as the textile caught the light. In accordance with the fashion of the period, her gown is open down the front, revealing a stiffened stomacher across the chest and a matching skirt beneath.
The ribbons, which would at one time have been functional, lacing the skirt and stomacher to the bodice, were applied purely as adornment. One ribbon, however has been pinned or stitched flat to disguise the seam between the bodice and skirt. The Princess’s brooch, the string of pearls and ribbons on her shimmering dress are rendered with remarkable precision and delicacy, characteristics that defined the artist’s finest late works.
She was baptized on the same day by William Laud, Bishop of London. Mary remained in England for a year after the marriage, eventually following her husband to Holland in 1642, accompanied by her mother and a train of four hundred courtiers. In March 1647, William II succeeded his father as Stadholder of the Dutch Republic and Mary became Princess of Orange. Her new position at court, however, caused conflict with her mother-in-law. The ill health which Frederick Henry had suffered between 1640 and his death in 1647 had meant that Amalia had effectively ruled as Regent and Stadtholder during this time. Mary’s appearance at court seems to have represented something of a challenge to her mother-in-law, with one of Mary’s ladies allegedly saying that ‘it was time the princess should run the country’, since Amalia had done so for so long. Source: christie’s
The Bankes family have lived in Dorset since the 17th century and owned land in east Dorset and Purbeck, including Studland. During this time the Bankes were often considered one of the most powerful families in England, owning both the estates of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy. In 1981, when her son, John Ralph Bankes died, he left the 16,000 acre estate to the National Trust.
The bride, who met Prince Dominique only three months ago at the wedding of the Crown Prince Paul, was given away by her father, Prince George of Greece.
Princess Eugenie of Greece was the daughter of Prince George, uncle of King George of the Hellenes. Her engagement to Prince Dominique Radziwill, the son of Prince Jerome Radziwill and the Archduchess Renee Marie of Austria.
It is only recently that the Greek Royal Family gathered to celebrate the wedding of her cousin, The wedding took place at the Chapel of 5 St Louis des Invalides of Prince Dominique Radziwill , son Of Prince Jerome Radziwill and of the late Archduchess Renata Maria of Austria , to Princess Eugenie of Greece , daughter of Prince George of Greece and Princess George .
The witnesses for the bride , who is a first cousin of the Duchess of Kent , were Prince Valdemar of Denmark , her great-uncle , and her father and for the bridegroom , Prince Jerome Radziwill , his father , and Archduke Charles Albert of Hapsburg,
The congregation included Princess Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma , Prince and Princess Rene of Bourbon-Parma , Princess Alex of Denmark , Grand Duke Dimitri , Princess Margaret of Denmark , Princess Alexandra of Greece , Prince Eric of Denmark , Prince and Princess Vigo of Denmark . Prince Bertil of Sweden , and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The marriage of H.R.H. Princess Frederica Sophia Maria Henrietta Amelia Theresa of Hanover, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, was solemnised on the 24th of April in 1880, at three o’clock in the afternoon, in the Private chapel of Windsor Castle, the presence of er Majesty.
The Queen, as head of the family, sanctioned her union with the Baron Luitberg Alexander George Lionel Alphonse Freiherr von Pawel Remmingen, some time Equerry to her father, the late King of Hanover.
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