England gave a very welcome to Princess Marina, the fiancée of Prince George, yesterday afternoon, when she came to London for the first time since the Royal engagement was announced.
At Folkestone, where the Princess landed after crossing the Channel, she was cordially greeted. Thousands of people along the railway route watched for the passing of the boat train to wave handkerchiefs and cheer; at Victoria Station as many people as could obtain a place wedged themselves behind the barrier on the arrival platform in the hope of seeing Prince George and Princess Marina meet; and in the streets thickly massed crowds, although limited to a fleeting glimpse of the pair as they passed in a saloon car, provided an enthusiastic reception.
In the early evening, when Prince George, Princess Marina, and her parents, Prince and Princess Nicolas of Greece, proceeded from York House to King's Cross Station to take the 7.30 train for the journey to Baltnoral, there were again thousands of people gathered to speed them on their way.
ARRIVAL AT VICTORIA
Prince George, who had travelled from Balmoral through the night, met Princess Marina at Victoria Station. The Pullman coach in which the Princess and her parents travelled was detached from the boat train at Herne Hill and brought in separately to the No. 2 platform at Victoria, from which the Continental express trains usually depart. The train was about a quarter of an hour late, and it was not until shortly after half-past 5 that Prince George arrived at the station with Major Ulick Alexander, Comptroller, and Major Humphrey Butler, as Equerry. The Prince remained in the waiting-room until the special train began to draw in to the platform.
The reception was devoid of any official ceremony. Mr. F. Bushrode, superintendent of operations for the Southern Railway, and Mr. Walter Enves, stationmaster at Victoria, were alone within the inner barriers on the platform until Prince George, wearing morning dress and carrying a silk hat, came out to join them. The crowd, 30 yards away, cheered the Prince when he was seen, and cheered more loudly when Princess Marina stepped down from the Pullman car.
The Princess, it was observed, wore a costume in a shade of brick-red, and a closely-fitting hat of the same colour, with a necklace of pearls. Prince George stepped forward and kissed his fiancée on the right cheek. He then greeted Prince and Princess Nicolas.
Within a few minutes of the arrival of the train the Royal group passed through the waiting room to the station yard, where three motor-cars were in line by the pavement. Prince George and Princess Marina entered the first of the three, which had wide windows, and at a signal from the police the car began to move. Within 20 yards, however, at the request of Prince George, the driver pulled up. Miss Helen Stamataki, in the uniform of the 5th Vauxhall Troop of the Girl Guides, had been waiting for more than an hour to offer to Princess Marina a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Greek Ladies' Club in London.
As no official arrangement had been made for the presentation Miss Stamataki had not been admitted to the inner enclosure, but when she stepped out into the carriageway the Royal car was stopped, Prince George opened the door, and the bouquet was accepted with Princess Marina's thanks.
The crowd outside the station was very large, and many of the people had stood on the pavement for nearly two hours. They obtained a good view of Prince George and Princess Marina as the car moved slowly out from the station approach, and the cheering was spontaneous and eager. From Wilton Street, along Buckingham Palace Road, in the neighbourhood of the Palace, and along the Mall, tens of thousands of men, women, and children made a human avenue which assured Princess Marina of the interest and good will of the people among whom she is to make her home. The cheering was continuous and more than friendly, and several women threw flowers in the track of the car as it approached.
York House was reached about 5.45 p.m. As the police kept back the crowd the people were unable to see Prince George and Princess Marina leave their car, but from a distance the cheering of the multitude came to their ears. After the Royal group had entered York House the crowd from the Mall rushed forward, and there were loud calls for Prince George and his fiancée. The persistence of the enthusiasts was in the end rewarded. A window was raised, the curtains were drawn aside, and the Prince with Princess Marina bowed acknowledgment of the acclamation of London.
Prince George and Princess Marina found another large crowd of people awaiting their arrival at King's Cross Station to join the Aberdeen express. Hours before the time of the departure of the train thousands of well-wishers began to assemble at the station and its approaches, and the bridge across the line was packed with people.
The Prince and Princess had a great send-off when they left York House, and along Pall Mall the footpaths were lined by cheering multitudes.
Their arrival at King's Cross was preceded by round after round of cheering as the crowds round the station approaches caught a glimpse of them. With Prince George and Princess Marina were Prince and Princess Nicolas of Greece, and as they walked along the platform the cheers were continuous. Both the Prince and Princess.
We know from the picture of the day, Princess Marina also wore also pearl earrings and a nice pearl and diamond brooch, pinned on her hat.
It was in form of a five-petal pearl brooch, the pearls surrounded with diamonds, in form of a leaf.
It could be from her mother or her family as gift on her betrothal to Prince George.
She wore the pearl and diamond brooch, when she was pictured with her new family the King and Queen Mary, and her mother Elena Vladimirovna and Prince Nicolas of Greece and Denmark, at Balmoral Castle, on this day.
The late Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, was pictured with her daughter Princess Alexandra when the latter's engagement was announced in November 1962. On that day she wore her "engagement pearl and diamond brooch" seen in the picture on the right side, with the pearl earrings
and pearl necklace.
Sources:The Times 17th 20th Sept 1934
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