A simple and yet touching and imposing spectacle was afforded
today in the chapel of the Grand Ducal Schloss by the marriage of Prince
Louis of Battenberg to Princess Victoria, eldest daughter of the Grand
Duke of Hesse and grand-daughter of the Queen of England
Accompanied by her son-in-law and the bride, the Queen was driven from
the Palace where the civil marriage had taken place to the Schloss for
the religious ceremony. Queen Victoria wore a black silk dress with
a white coiffure of lace, diamond ornaments and various orders. After
the Queen entered the chapel, the Grand Duke, with Princess Alice and
the Princesses Louise, Victoria and Maud of Wales all arrayed in white
(a colour which predominated among the ladies related to the Royal Family)
followed. The Princess of Wales wore a lovely robe of white, with a
sparkling diadem of gems and various orders..
Prince William of Prussia gave his arm to Princess Beatrice, who wore
a rich white dress, apparently of Indian material with diamonds and
All being assembled, there now entered the bridal train, preceded
by the bearer of a huge magnificent bouquet, presented by the officers
of the Grand Ducal Dragoon Guards. Princess Victoria, the bride . .
. was arrayed in a lustrous and exquisite duchesse satin robe with long
flowing train, bridal veil, diamonds and a wreath of myrtle. The
veil, which did not cover her face, was the same worn by the late Princess
Alice on the occasion of her marriage. There were no bridesmaids.
The wedding gifts presented to the bridal pair were set forth in one
of the apartments of the Palace and made a handsome show. Some of the
-The Queen gave a pair of gold hair-pins, stars, set with diamonds
and pearls picture of the stars
>>, five silver table work and shawls.
-The late Duke of Albany gave a bangle with a pearl and diamonds
-The Duchess of Edinburgh - a large pendant in the form of a shell
with a pearl and diamonds - above -
-Prince Alexander of Hesse gave a diadem, which could have be
worn on the wedding day, (the gems with diamond cluster)
-Princess Charles of Hesse gave a set of ornaments with emeralds,
consisting of a brooch, a pendant with a cross and a pair of earrings.
in the possession of Queen Louise of Sweden>>
-Princess of Meiningen, Princess Charlotte of Prussia gave a bracelet.
-Grand Duke Sergius of Russia gave a brooch in the form of an anchor
-The Queen Dowager Marie of Bavaria a bracelet (The Times) or a tiara
with amethysts and diamonds (The Graphic).
Some of the gifts are worn by the
Princess on a picture seen here>>
Source:The Times;May 1 1884,The Graphic;