Das Brautkleid der Prinzessin Alice von Albany deren Hochzeit mit dem Prinzen Alexander von Teck, war aus "Satin Charmeuse" gemacht, einem Stoff, der die außerordenliche Weichheit des Chiffons mit dem Glanz des Atlasses verbindet.
Über einem Unterkleid mit Girlanden aus weissen Chiffonrosen mit langen Chenillefransen kommt ein Oberkleid, das mit Rosen und Liebesknoten aus weissem Samtband besetzt ist.
Die Hofschleppe ist ebenso gearbeitet und fast ganz von einem Schleier aus Honitonspietze bedeckt, der schon von der Prinzessin von Wales und der verstorbenen Herzogin von Teck zur Hochzeit getragen wurde.
Der Schleier hängt hinten herunter, wie es im englischen Königshaus Sitte ist und bedeckt nicht das Gesicht.
Er ist unter einem Diadem aus diamantenen Weizenähren, oben im Bild zu erkennen, mit Orangenblüten und Clematis befestigt und eine Girlande aus Orangenblüten und Clematis zieht sich auch über die ganze Toilette hin, von der linken Schulter bis zum Taillenschluß und auf der rechten Seite des Rockes entlang.
Die Weizenähren aus Diamanten sind Familienschmuck und stammen von den Herzoginnen von Teck und Cambridge.
Als weiteren Schmuck trug die Prinzessin ein Diamant-Rivière, ebenfalls ein Hochzeitsgeschenk ihres Gatten; denn die Corsage war wie bei allen königlichen Bräuten, ausgeschnitten.
Die Corsage hatte oben am Ausschnitt Diamanttüll und aus demselben Stoff waren auch die Puffärmel gearbeitet.
Wedding Princess Alice | Alexander of Teck| Countess Athlone Jewels| Royal Wedding Gifts & Presents
"The wedding, which took place on February 10th, 1904, was a spectacular affair. We were married in St. George's Chapel. My brother led me up the aisle to the altar. Granpa (Prince Alexander) looked too handsome in his 7th Hussar uniform flanked by his brothers Dolly and Frank, who were also looking very handsome and impressive. My bridesmaids were Dolly's daughter, Mary Teck (later Duchess of Beaufort), my two Connaught cousins Margaret (Daisy) and Patricia, Mary Wales (Princess Royal) and Helen Waldeck.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Randell Davidson, who had confirmed me at Cannes, married us. There was a large family luncheon before the reception and we sat between Uncle Bertie and Aunt Alix.
Then we received the good wishes of all the countless guests in the Green Drawing Room. We drove away in an open carriage with 4 white horses and an escort of the 7th Hussars who had pleaded to be allowed to do this for Granpa . As we left the Castle amidst the usual shower of rice, Uncle Bertie said: "Rememebr, always go to church wherever you are".I was rather surprised at this coming from him, but touched and impressed.
We spent the first part of our honeymoon at Brocket Hall, which was lent to us by Lord Mountstephen. It was a most adorable place.
As we were married on February 10th, 1904, we decided to spend the winter of our content, in other words the rest of our honeymoon, at the Villa Nevada in Cannes, which had been given to my mother as a memento of my father who had died there....."
Between 300 and 400 gifts were received but the gifts were not publicly displayed; however, the residents of Esher and the neighbourhood were invited to a private viewing; the Prince and Princess of Wales saw the presents privately.
- gifts of jewellery from her fiancé included:
a diamond and sapphire stomacher>> and
sapphire-set brooches>>formerly the property of the Duchess of Teck
the diamond wheat ear tiara and
diamond rivière, which had belonged to the Duchesses of Cambridge and Teck and worn by the bride on the wedding day, see also the diamond ears of wheat in the picture above.
a diamond and sapphire ring,
a miniature of himself
- gifts of jewellery from the families included:
a diamond tiara, also reported as a diamond and pearl tiara from King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra
a diamond necklace in a bow and festoon design >> from Princess Victoria, Prince and Princess Charles (Maud and Carl), Duke and Duchess of Fife, Duke & Duchess of Teck, Prince Francis of Teck
a collar of diamonds from Prince and Princess of Wales
a brooch of two fine star sapphires set in a double loop of brilliants>> from Grand Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Crown Princess of Romania, ex-Grand Duchess of Hesse and Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg
- gifts of jewellery from others included:
a half-hoop diamond bracelet from the Corporation of Windsor, worn by the bride in the picture above
- gifts from the Royal and extended Family included:
a silver-gilt tea service from the Duchess of Albany
a set of Chippendale dining room furniture, which included two sideboards and twelve chairs from the Prince and Princess of Wales, & Duke and Duchess of Connaught
a glass claret jug shaped like a duck with chased silver head and feet from Princess Christian and her daughter, Princess Victoria
four silver sauce boats with the accompanying ladles from Princess Henry,Princes Alexander, Leopold and Maurice
Berlin porcelain from Emperor and Empress of Germany
a silver sugar bowl from Princess Victor Hohenlohe and Countess Gleichen
- gifts from others included:
a pierced and repoussé gold rose bowl from ex-Empress Eugenie
- gifts from the United Kingdom included:
a 1903 model Talbot motor car -from Lord Shrewsbury
an oil painting by G. Vincent -from the residents of Esher,
a brougham in two shades of green (Prince Alexander's colours) from the Borough of Kingston
a silver coffee salver - from the tradesmen of Esher
34 bound volumes - from the poor inhabitants of Deptford
Sourcess :pages 115/116 in the book "For my Grandchildren";The Times, February 9, 1904;The Graphic, No. 1785, Vol. LXIX, 194 .
Thank you to my dear Laura for her help and inspiration about the details of Princess Alice.
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